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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.


The two-year MPH HPM program curriculum is based on our faculty’s philosophy that a strong working knowledge of both management and policy are necessary to be an effective health care leader. We also highly emphasize professional development via the full-time summer internship and other vehicles to hone key leadership and emotional intelligence skills and engage with the community.

Our two-year program offers frequent opportunities to engage in applied learning activities to gain core skills such as financial analysis, policy decision-making, and environmental scan, as well as to engage in both leadership and team-based approaches to problem-solving and innovation. Electives can be from HPM, other areas of BPH or elsewhere on the Berkeley campus (Haas, LAW, GSPP, etc)

Two-Year MPH students are required to complete a minimum of 48 units of coursework over four academic semesters and one summer. The minimum unit enrollment per academic semester is 12 units.


  • We strongly prefer at least 2 years of full time work experience after the undergraduate degree. Can be paid or volunteer (e.g. PeaceCorp, AmeriCorp, etc). Ideally an applicant will have had relevant experience in related health policy or management areas. The program may request a short video interview for applicants who are recent graduates and/or have less than 2 years of work experience.
  • 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 Fall 2019 Application Handbook for program application requirements and suggestions on how to strengthen your application.

Tia Gangopadhyay

MPH ’20

I chose UC Berkeley because of its world-class program, strong vision of social justice and central location to healthcare research and innovation. The Health Policy and Management program at Berkeley is incredibly robust. The program encourages enrolling in electives outside of Berkeley Public Health, so our education is diverse in content and experience.


Emeriti Faculty

Professional Faculty