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Our program is a unique, interdisciplinary, campus-wide program that seeks to support people in low- and middle-income countries achieve health and reach acceptable standards of well being, and to stabilize populations, while at the same time protecting the local and global environments.

This program takes two years (plus one summer) and requires 44 units in several departments across campus encompassing environmental health sciences, biostatistics and epidemiology, and elective courses drawn from a range of fields, including: international health, demography, maternal and child health, urbanization and healthy cities, nutrition and malnutrition, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, industrial hygiene and occupational health, and energy and resources. The program requires a minimum of 24 units of upper division and graduate courses. At least 12 of these units must be in graduate courses (200 level) taught by Berkeley Public Health’s Environmental Health Sciences faculty. Additionally, no more than six units may be independent research units (PB HLTH 299). Students are required to complete an original research project, which may be pursued through fieldwork, secondary data analyses or systematic review.


Environmental Health Sciences (Three courses)

  • PB HLTH 270:Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences (3 units) (fall)
  • PB HLTH 270A: Exposure Assessment and Control I (3 units) (fall)
  • PB HLTH 260A: Principles of Infectious Disease (4 units) (fall) OR NUSCTX 110/PB HLTH 270B: Toxicology (4 units) (fall)
  • PB HLTH 250A: Epidemiological Methods I (3 units) (Fall, summer)
    or PB HLTH 250B: Epidemiological Methods II (4 units) (spring)

Biostatistics (Two courses)

Two biostatistics courses are also required, of which the following are generally selected from:

  • PB HLTH 142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (4 units) (fall, spring)
  • PB HLTH 245: Introduction to Multivariate Statistics (4 units) (fall)
  • PB HLTH 241: Statistical Analysis of Categorical Data (4 units) (spring)

Remaining units are drawn from electives, including:

  • PH 271C: Drinking Water and Health (spring)
  • PH 271E: Science and Policy for Environment and Health (spring)
  • PH 271G: Global Climate Change and Public Health (spring)
  • PH 273: Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease (fall)
  • PH 220C: Health Risk Assessment, Regulation and Policy (spring)
  • ERG 102: Quantitative Aspects of Global Environmental Problems (spring)
  • ARE/PP C253: International Economic Development Policy (fall)
  • ARE C251/Econ C270A: Microeconomics of Development (fall)
  • Demography/Econ C275A: Economic Demography (spring)
  • Development Studies C100 / Geography C112: History of Development and Underdevelopment (spring)
  • ERG 275: Water and Development (spring, every other year)
  • ESPM 169: International Environmental Politics (fall)
  • CRP231: Housing in Developing Countries (fall)
  • ESPM 260: Governance of Global Production (spring)
  • PH 213A: Family Planning, Population Change and Health (fall)
  • PH 226D: Global Health Economics (fall)
  • PH 212A: International Maternal & Child Health (fall)
  • PH 267B: Characterizations of Airborne Chemicals (spring, every other year)
  • CE 111: Environmental Engineering (fall, spring)
  • CRP 256: Healthy Cities (fall)
  • ESPM 167/PH C160: Environmental Health and Development (spring)
  • PH 219E: Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health Research (spring)
  • PH 205: Program Planning, Development and Evaluation (spring)
  • PH 260B: Principles of Infectious Disease (spring)
  • PH 211: Health and Human Rights (fall)
  • PH 252C: Intervention Trial Design (fall)
  • CRP 220: Urban and Regional Economy (fall)
  • ESPMC 234: Green Chemistry: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability (spring)
  • PH 253B: Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases (spring)


Candidates with undergraduate coursework in calculus, chemistry and biology are preferred.

  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: engineering, microbiology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, other biological, natural or physical sciences fields, population sciences and biomedical fields.
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: applicants in past years have worked as lab technicians, student researchers, research scientists, environmental organizers and advocates, program managers, engineers, post-graduate fellows, in global health programs and for the Peace Corps.


Graduates take positions across the environmental health and development fields, including jobs at research institutions, environmental non-profits, global health NGOs and advocacy organizations. Many graduates have continued their education in doctorate programs in environmental health and related fields.

Admissions Statistics

3.7 Average GPA of admitted applicants
82% Average Verbal GRE percentile scores of admitted applicants
89% Average Quantitative GRE percentile scores of admitted applicants
14% Admissions rate
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