Specialty Area in Multicultural Health

Continuing wide discrepancies by ethnicity in health and access to healthcare in the United States pose dramatic challenges to the field of public health. These problems range from high infant mortality rates in many communities of color to large gaps in morbidity and mortality among adults. Such differentials present major challenges to virtually every discipline within public health, including environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, health education, and health policy and management. Students in the Specialty Area in Multicultural Health are trained to play a leadership role in addressing these challenges.


Students interested in pursuing course work and/or research in multicultural health should apply to an appropriate degree program in one of our regular academic programs. Once students are enrolled, they can sign up for the Specialty Area in Multicultural Health. For more information, please contact our specialty area coordinator.


This specialty area requires nine units, consisting of a required course (three units) and six additional units. Ideally, these courses are chosen from both Berkeley Public Health and other UC Berkeley schools.

Required Course:
  • PH 202B Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Health Status and Behavior

The required core course for this specialty area focuses on ethnic and cultural diversity in health behavior as a basis for public health programs.

Elective Courses:
  • PH 204F: Culture, Public Health Practice, and Eliminating Health Disparities: From Ideas to Action in the 21st Century
  • PH 212C: Health and Social Policy in Mexico and Latin America
  • PH 221B: Understanding and Overcoming Health Care Disparities
  • PH 255A: Social Epidemiology
  • PH 290.002 Research Advances in Health Disparities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives


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