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“4+1” MPH

Eleven-month Master of Public Health for recipients of an Undergraduate BA from Berkeley Public Health

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.

Prerequisites and Requirements by Program
CategoryEpi/BiostatsFood, Nutrition, and Population Health (FNPH)Maternal Child Adolescent Health (MCAH)
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
  • NST 10
  • PH 118
    Another upper division NST course
    Either course must be completed before admission to the program, i.e. Fall semester of senior year)
  • PH 142 by the end of junior year
  • PH 150A by the end of junior year
Requirements upon admission (in senior year)PH 241 (4 units) and PH 250B (4 units) in Spring of senior year6–8 units of approved FNPH courses in Spring of senior year or one in Spring and one in Summer (approved by program manager)PH 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)
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.

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.

Application Timeline

Students will apply to the 4+1 MPH during the Fall of their senior year by the Priority Deadline. The Priority Deadline is usually in the first week of December. If a student is graduating early, their senior year will be their final year as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley.

The SOPHAS Application and UC Berkeley Graduate Application open in August and September respectively. Both applications must be completed and submitted to apply to a 4+1 MPH Program.

For more information go to the Berkeley Public Health on-campus graduate program admissions page.