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NOTE: This specialty area is under redevelopment. As of September 13, 2019, this specialty area is not accepting additional students. The school is committed to providing high quality instructional and intellectual resources. We will be working diligently to restore this specialty and will provide updated information about the process when it is available.

Current students who are interested in aging are encouraged to contact their academic advisors. Academic advisors will assist students in finding courses and other resources to meet their individual curricular interests.

One of the nation’s major public health objectives is to enhance and maintain the health, vitality and independence of its aging population. To meet this challenge, Berkeley Public Health is committed to the field of aging, including the development of special courses, field placements and research opportunities.

Students may designate aging as a specialty area. In addition to completing the requirements for a specific academic program, students may complete a nine unit series of courses in aging.


This specialty area is offered to all Berkeley Public Health students currently enrolled in our master’s or doctoral degree programs.

Upon admission, a faculty advisor will help students develop a program of study that includes elective courses in aging and, as appropriate, fieldwork and research opportunities in health and aging.


The Specialty Area in Aging consists of nine units:

  • Completion of Aging and Public Health (three units). This course provides an overview of research, practice and policy in the field of aging and public health.
  • Completion of the remaining six units in other courses on aging. Ideally, these courses are chosen from both Berkeley Public Health and other UC Berkeley schools.


At the time of graduation, each student receives a letter signed by the chair of the Aging Specialty Area and dean of Berkeley Public Health certifying the student’s completion of the requirements in this area.