Specialty Areas

Our specialty areas bring together faculty and students from across many disciplines. These academic areas of study offer students the opportunity to focus on various substantive topics, reflecting the changing public health problems that need to be addressed by public health practitioners and researchers.

Students in a two-year master’s or a doctoral program may elect to complete an additional specialty area as a minor. Students in a one-year master’s program may also add a specialty area, however we recommend talking to the relevant program coordinator for eligibility requirements.

Food Systems

Building on UC Berkeley’s strength as a multidisciplinary pioneer in food systems studies, the campus-wide Certificate in Food Systems prepares graduate students to think critically about the multi-level, multi-system factors that affect food production, distribution and consumption locally, nationally and globally.

Global Health

The Global Health Specialty Area prepares students from different disciplines to work in global health programs. This area provides graduates with a marketable set of skills for entry-level professional jobs abroad, or with domestic agencies that conduct public health research, evaluation and program development in other countries.

Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health

The field of maternal, child and adolescent health aims to promote and protect the health status and well-being of women, infants, children, adolescents and their families. The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Specialty Area furthers this goal through excellence in training, research, continuing education, service and advocacy.

Multicultural Health

As the U.S. population becomes increasingly multicultural, the Specialty Area in Multicultural Health prepares students to take a leadership role in addressing the challenges and opportunities afforded by these changing demographics.

Public Health Nutrition

Nutrition-related problems in the United States and globally need the expertise and leadership of well-trained public health professionals. The Public Health Nutrition Specialty Area trains students to have strong leadership skills and competencies so they can address complex issues and problems relating to public health nutrition.


One of the nation’s major public health objectives is to enhance and maintain the health, vitality and independence of its aging population. The Specialty Area in Aging gives students the opportunity to learn about these challenges and design solutions.