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Healthcare is a vibrant, fast-paced field that’s continually evolving. As an HPM MPH graduate student at Berkeley Public Health, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and partners you need to become a high-impact contributor at a health care employer of your choice. HPM at Berkeley offers experiences in and out of the classroom that challenge convention and help you grow as a healthcare leader.


This MPH is an intensive, rigorous experience, designed to give future clinical leaders a solid background in the key health policy and management competencies, as well as exposure to a wide range of skills and knowledge areas that will complement their clinical training. While there is no full-time summer internship component, students must select an organization and complete a research or project-based practicum. Electives can be from HPM, other areas of Berkeley Public Health or elsewhere on the Berkeley campus (Haas, LAW, GSPP, etc).

11-month MPH students are required to complete a minimum of 42 units of coursework over two academic semesters and one 6-week summer session (prior to the fall start). The program typically runs from early July to early May. The minimum unit enrollment per academic semester is 12 units.


  • This accelerated MPH track is reserved in HPM for applicants who are doctoral prepared clinicians (MD, DDS, PharmD, etc.) or somewhere on that educational pathway (students, residents, fellows, etc).
  • Prefer candidates to have some volunteer and/or paid experience in related health policy or management areas.
  • Contribution to diversity of the program and the public health workforce. 
  • GRE scores are optional for the fall 2023 admissions cycle. We recommend submitting a GRE if you have no other evidence of quantitative, verbal, or analytical abilities in your application.


Our graduates are valued by domestic and global employers for their leadership skills, self-reliance, and their commitment to improving health and health care. As a Berkeley HPM graduate, you can:

  • Become a key player in a major health care organization, locally or globally
  • Join a health care-focused management consulting firm or an internal consulting group at a large integrated medical delivery system and solve strategic and operational challenges
  • Advise a major biotech or medical device manufacturer on strategic planning or market access
  • Blend technology and management knowledge to create innovative mobile health care solutions
  • Get involved in performance improvement initiatives in the safety net

Here are some of the companies that recruit HPM students for career and internship opportunities:


Please download and view the Health Policy and Management 2023 Applicant Handbook for program application requirements and suggestions on how to strengthen your application.

Perrie Briskin


Professor Robin Flagg took a group of students to the Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) conference in Sacramento. We were with the leaders in California's journey to universal health coverage, including the state attorney general, state assemblyman, advocacy groups and private sector leaders. I said to myself, ‘This is where I belong. This is where I want to be next year and in 10 years, among this group of activists and thought leaders.’


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