At Berkeley Public Health, students have the opportunity to pursue their academic interests and become public health leaders through one of six divisions. Our divisions are interdisciplinary and bring together faculty and students from many fields of research and concentrations. At the same time, each division offers specific degree opportunities where students can choose a program that fits their passions.

Community Health Sciences

We provide public health researchers, clinicians and practitioners a deeper understanding of the interdisciplinary and community-based nature of public health. Our faculty focus on how biological susceptibility and resistance works alongside social, physical and cultural environments to influence the emergence and prevalence of disease.

Environmental Health Sciences

Our division includes faculty and students at the forefront of research that characterizes how environmental exposures—industrialization, urbanization, effects of climate change, microbial and chemical contamination of water, air, and food—affect human populations, particularly the most vulnerable members of society.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Epidemiological research aims to discover the causes of disease by analyzing the populations as well as the social and physical environments where these diseases proliferate. The field of biostatistics focuses on the techniques of collecting and exploring data relevant to that analysis. With our faculty and resources, we train students to acquire proficiency in one of these fields or in both—depending upon each student’s interests.

Health Policy and Management

Healthcare is a fast-paced, continually evolving field of policy, economics, finance and law. We educate both high-impact practitioners in various vocations within healthcare policy and management, as well as researchers who generate knowledge about the healthcare industry and health policy.

Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology

Our students acquire advanced knowledge about infectious disease agents and how they interact with host cells, human populations and the environment. Our students gain an understanding of infectious diseases and human immunology through basic and translational research that contributes to the development of new diagnostics, treatment, prevention and control of human infectious diseases.


Berkeley Public Health encourages students to explore an interdisciplinary education. To that end, we offer unique opportunities through our various degree options—students can customize and tailor their graduate curriculum so that it meets their individual professional needs.