About Berkeley Public Health

We’re highly regarded for the quality of our faculty and students, with a reputation for excellence in education, research and community engagement.

Who We Are

A network of transformational leaders across all health sectors, with a legacy of impact and innovation at the local and global level. For more than 75 years, our community of faculty, students and 15,000 alumni have put their education and skills into practice to improve the health and welfare of our communities, the state and the world.

We sit on a campus with a commitment to social justice that empowers us to lead change. Our UC Berkeley campus provides students with unique opportunities to collaborate with leaders in key science and humanities disciplines, including engineering, computer science, social welfare, public policy, journalism, international development, business, law and more.

As part of the UC system, Berkeley Public Health has access to unequaled networks across the state and worldwide, including partnerships with the world-class medical campus of UCSF. Our Bay Area location allows us to collaborate with businesses, entrepreneurs, policy makers, organizations, and equity advocates to be at the forefront of innovations in integrated health delivery, healthy communities and health policies.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes Berkeley Public Health as one of nine health promotion and disease prevention research centers around the nation.


Our Vision

Healthy People, Locally and Globally.

Our Mission

We improve population health, especially for the most vulnerable, through:

  • Radical collaborations to meet priority health needs and achieve health equity in our increasingly diverse communities
  • Preeminent education that challenges convention and develops diverse leaders who transform the health of our communities
  • Transformational research on the major public health threats and opportunities of today and tomorrow

Our Values

Health as a Right

We believe in social justice and the basic human right to a healthy life. We strive to reduce or eliminate inequity and injustice that affects the health and dignity of all people, especially those who are most vulnerable. We live a shared commitment to equity among our faculty, students, and staff.

Strength Through Diversity

We embrace diversity in our education, research, and service. It’s the right thing to do and the best strategy for successfully engaging and transforming the communities we care about. UC Berkeley’s Division of Equity and Inclusion provides leadership and accountability to resolve systemic inequities for all members of UC Berkeley through engaged research, teaching, and public service, and by expanding pathways for access and success, and promoting a healthy and engaging campus climate.

Think Forward

We innovate and train our students to lead innovation. We build a culture that challenges conventional thinking, leverages technology, and builds bridges between basic research, translational research, implementation research, public policy, education, and action.

Impact First

We demonstrate our commitment to maximum population health impact by focusing our research, education, and service efforts in areas with the potential to have transformative impact on the health of populations locally and globally.

Accreditation

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health. In 2015, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health was engaged in the reaccreditation process. The CEPH Board of Councilors prepared a final report and acted at its June 15-18, 2016 meeting to accredit the UC Berkeley School of Public Health for a seven-year term, extending to July 1, 2023.