Specialty Area in Multicultural Health

Continuing wide discrepancies by ethnicity, race and social background 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.

Eligibility

Students interested in pursuing coursework 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.

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.

Requirements

Students participating in the MHSA are required to successfully pass 9 units of MHSA courses. These courses included 3 core courses of 2-4 units, and 8 elective courses ranging from 2-4 units. Students must take at least one of the core courses, and then enough elective courses to reach a minimum of 9 units throughout their SPH degree program.

Core Courses (at least 1 Required)
Course #Course NameUnitsSemester
PH 202BEthnic and Cultural Diversity in Health Status and Behavior
4Spring
PH 204GResearch Advances in Health Disparities2Spring
PH 255ASocial Epidemiology
4Spring
Elective Courses
Course #
Course NameUnitsSemester
PH 216ABiological Embedding of Social Factors2Fall
PH 219CCommunity-Based Participatory Research3 or 4Spring
PH C233Healthy Cities3Fall
PH 255D

Methods in Social Epidemiology2Spring
PH 299Structural Competency: Responding to the
Social Determinants of Health
3Fall
PH 290Bio-Ethics: From Nuremberg to Modern Times3Fall or Spring
PH 290Critical Theory and Social Science Research3 or 4Fall or Spring
PH 274Social Justice and Worker Health2Fall
PP 290Poverty and Inequality: Facts, Causes and Policy Solutions3Spring
AAS 201AInterdisciplinary Research Methods2Fall

Please see our MHSA Handbook for additional information.

Interest Form

If you are interested in pursuing the Multicultural Health Speciality Area, please fill out the Multicultural Health Specialty Area Interest Form 20-21.

Accreditation

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.