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The GRE is optional for the upcoming admissions cycles – you will not be required to submit GRE scores but will still have the option to do so.

Only UC Berkeley Undergraduate Public Health majors graduating 2017 or later, who have completed all requirements before August of the application year, will be eligible to apply for this program.

The 4+1 program is an accelerated Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. There are three participating programs within the school aligned with the 4+1 program:

This program is only open to undergraduate Public Health majors at UC Berkeley, who must meet specific prerequisites for each program to apply. Below is a chart that includes each program’s prerequisites for application and program requirements if admitted.

Epi/BiostatsMaternal Child Adolescent Health (MCAH)Public Health Nutrition (PHN)
Prerequisites to apply
Each program requires completion of 2 courses prior to application.
  • PH 142 by the end of junior year
  • PH 150A by the end of junior year
  • PH 142 by the end of junior year
  • PH 150A by the end of junior year
  • NST 10 by the end of junior year
  • PH 118
    Another upper division NST course
    Either course must be completed before admission to the program, i.e. Fall semester of senior year)
Requirements upon admission (in senior year)PH 241 (4 units) and PH 250B (4 units) in Spring of senior yearPH 250B (4 units) and an approved 2-4 unit course in Spring of senior year or one in Spring and one in Summer (approved by program manager)6-8 units of approved PHN courses in Spring of senior year or one in Spring and one in Summer (approved by program manager)
These graduate units cannot be used towards any undergraduate requirements needed to graduate. If you choose a pathway that includes a summer course, you must matriculate as a graduate student in the summer. (Note: Summer Session unit fees apply)
Contact information for specific curriculum questionsepi_div

For Public Health undergraduates, there is an information session offered each semester with the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor and Program Managers. Any student that qualifies for the program can contact an advisor at for more information.

Applicants who are not admitted to the 4+1 MPH program may be directed by an advisor to a similar two-year program at Berkeley Public Health. Applicants can indicate their interest in being considered for a two-year MPH program at the time they apply. Students apply to the 4+1 MPH through both the SOPHAS Application and the Berkeley Graduate Division Application. Please see application instructions here and take a look at resources linked below.

Note: Limited space is available in the three 4+1 MPH programs, the two-year MPH program offers additional areas of concentration and should be considered by any student interested in pursuing graduate training in public health. Feel free to explore the other graduate programs offered at Berkeley Public Health.


4+1 MPH Unit Worksheet

Please see the PDF Link below to include with your SOPHAS application. Reach out to your program manager or if you have any questions.

4+1 Unit Worksheet