Specialty Area in Global Health

Note: This page provides information about Global Health as a specialty. If you are looking for information about the Global Public Health minor or certificate programs, go to the relevant  Summer Minor or Certificate program pages.

Students in our Global Health Specialty Area (GHSA) develop competencies and skills in global public health that can be applied to their careers. The GHSA provides an opportunity for students to explore multidisciplinary issues in global health through coursework and global health engagement. The GHSA is administered through our Center for Global Public Health (CGPH).


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

Students who would like to declare their intent to pursue this specialty need to fill out this online form. Students also need to sign-up for an advising session here. Note: there is a maximum number of four students per advising session.


1. Global Health Coursework

(Nine units for the two-year program; five units for the one-year program)

Complete one of our global health core courses.

Complete additional units of global health-related coursework.

  • Eligible courses are chosen from a list of approved courses. Other courses can qualify if it is reviewed and approved in advance by a GHSA advisor.
  • We encourage transdisciplinary course work that can enhance your interests in a wide variety of global health-related areas.
  • Courses must be taken for a letter grade.

In addition, students must meet all the course requirements and electives for their degree program.

2. Global Health Engagement

  • Community events: This specialty aims to bring together the UC Berkeley global health community. We request students in the GHSA to attend two global health seminars or events at UC Berkeley each semester (i.e., events hosted by the School of Public Health, Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases, Center for Global Public Health, Blum Center, Bixby Center, etc.). We inform students about Bay Area global health events, news and opportunities through our listserv.
  • Mentorship: We recommend speaking with program coordinators and faculty advisors to explore avenues for global health mentorship at UC Berkeley. GHSA advisors can also help students figure out how to navigate UC Berkeley in regards to global health mentorship and campus outreach.
  • Internships: Global health internships are recommended, but not required. For students in two-year programs, we encourage students to contact CGPH affiliated faculty to explore global health-related internships in the summer, either at home or abroad. While the responsibility for securing an acceptable international placement lies with the student, the Center for Public Health Practice and Leadership (CPHPL) and the Center for Global Public Health (CGPH) offer many events and resources throughout the year about global health internships. Please note that MPH internship placements must be approved by the CPHPL and should provide the student with a relevant and rigorous off-campus learning experience. Students in one-year programs are encouraged to seek practical and/or research experiences in global health during their studies. Students are welcome to contact CPHPL and CGPH advisors to explore opportunities.

GHSA Advisors

Program Manager: Elizabeth Rojo, elizabethrojo@berkeley.edu

Dr. Hildy Fong, hildy.fong@berkeley.edu

Dr. Anke Hemmerling, ahemmerling@berkeley.edu

Professor Phuoc Le, phuoc.le@ucsf.edu

Professor Art Reingold, areingold@berkeley.edu


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