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Undergraduates who major in Public Health earn a Bachelor’s of Arts degree. Students will develop and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines for the promotion and protection of the health of the human population, giving due consideration to principles of human rights and cultural perspectives that abound in our multicultural country and world.

For an in-depth overview of the undergraduate experience at Berkeley Public Health, go to the Undergraduate Programs at Berkeley Public Health page.


Due to accreditation changes instituted by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH), Berkeley Public Health undergraduate students graduating in 2017 and afterwards must abide by new major completion requirements. Students with a graduation date set before Spring 2017 may continue to use the old requirements.

Requirements of the program broadly fit within three areas: six required classes, ten elective units, and academic work for the required capstone.

Go to the Undergraduate Program Curriculum page for a more comprehensive curriculum overview.


This degree is primarily intended to prepare students for graduate study in a variety of fields (see all our graduate opportunities on this site). Students who work after obtaining their BA are employed by government, private and nonprofit organizations. Their career choices include survey workers, educators and research project associates. Interested in where our public health majors go after graduation? Visit UC Berkeley’s Career Center’s Destination Survey.

Policy on Academic Dishonesty and Academic Misconduct

Please review the following document for our School of Public Health Undergraduate Program Policy on Academic Dishonesty and Academic Misconduct. As a school and program we take academic dishonesty and misconduct seriously.

School of Public Health Undergraduate Program Policy on Academic Dishonesty and Academic Misconduct


Undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science at UC Berkeley can apply to major in public health after completing the lower-division requirements, generally at the end of the sophomore year.

Public Health is a capped major with limited capacity. We encourage all students to actively work toward an alternative major.

For information about the admissions process, go to the undergraduate admissions page.

Admissions Statistics

 Admissions RateAverage Prerequisite GPA of Accepted StudentsAverage Overall GPA of Accepted Students
Spring 202170.9%3.513.57
Fall 2020–Spring 202173.7%3.553.58
Overall Stats
(from 2016 and onward)
(2016 and onward)

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