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. Students should reference the Berkeley Compendium of EHS Expertise to supplement their required courses with electives. 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.
Global Health & Environment
- PB HLTH 200W: Foundations of Public Health Practice (fall and spring)
- PB HLTH 270: Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences (fall)
Two courses from the following:
- PB HLTH 270A: Exposure Assessment and Control I (fall)
- PB HLTH 260A: Principles of Infectious Disease (fall) OR NUSCTX 110/PB HLTH 270B: Toxicology (fall)
- PB HLTH 220C: Health Risk Assessment, Regulation, and Policy (spring)
- PB HLTH 273: Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease (fall)
- PB HLTH 271G: Health Implications of Global Climate Change (spring)
- PB HLTH W272A: Introduction to GIS for Public Health (spring)
- PB HLTH W272C: Applied Spatial Data Science for Public Health (spring)
- PB HLTH 250A: Epidemiological Methods I (Fall, summer)
- PB HLTH 142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (fall, spring)
An additional biostatistics course is also required, of which the following are generally selected from:
- PB HLTH 245: Introduction to Multivariate Statistics (fall)
- PB HLTH 241: Statistical Analysis of Categorical Data (spring)
Remaining units are drawn from electives. Students should reference the Berkeley Compendium of EHS Expertise.
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.