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All course work for the Public Health major is to be taken for a letter grade (with the exception of possible electives PB HLTH 116 and PB HLTH 104 A/B, which are Pass/No Pass only).

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 the new major completion requirements. Students with a graduation date set before Spring 2017 may continue to use the old requirements.

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Six Required Classes

Five Public Health Core; One Data Science

  • PB HLTH 142 (STAT 131A if completed Spring 2016 or earlier)
    Intro to Probability and Statistics in Public Health (4) (fall, summer and spring)
    Note: we do not allow Undergraduate students to take the online PH W142 through OOMPH
  • PB HLTH 150A
    Introduction to Epidemiology (4) (spring only)
    Note: Students will have to complete PB HLTH 142 prior or concurrently with PB HLTH 150A
  • PB HLTH 150B
    Human Health and the Environment in a Changing World (3) (fall and summer only)
    Note: Previously called PB HLTH 150B: Introduction to Environmental Health
  • PB HLTH 150D
    Introduction to Health Policy & Management (3) (fall and summer)
  • PB HLTH 150E
    Introduction to Community Health and Human Development (3) (spring only)
    Note: Students who are public health majors or plan to be public health majors must take PH 150E. The course CYPLAN 117AC will not be accepted as part of the major requirements. If a student has taken CYPLAN 117AC and are a public health major, they will be required to take/retake the course as PH 150E. Please plan accordingly.
  • DATA 8 (Previously known as STAT/COMPSCI/INFO C8)
    Data 8 Foundations of Data Science (4) (fall, summer and spring)

    • Only required for the graduating class of spring 2021 and onward
    • We still accept STAT C8, COMPSCI C8, and INFO C8 (all with the course title “Foundations of Data Science” 4 units) taken before Summer 2020
      • Note: For students who took Data 8 Spring 2019 or earlier, we will accept a Pass if the class was taken P/NP. Students taking Data 8 Summer 2019 and onward must take the course for a grade.
      • Note: Data 8 is not a public health prerequisite; it is a major requirement. You do not have to complete Data 8 before applying to the public health major, although it is strongly encouraged to plan to complete it during your freshman or sophomore year (if a transfer student, during your first semester of attendance at UC Berkeley) for planning purposes.

Ten Elective Units

Four of the 10 elective units must be Upper Division. Electives must be taken for a letter grade (with the exception of PB HLTH 116 and PB HLTH 104 A/B, which are Pass/No Pass only).

Any class categorized as Public Health may count as an elective unit towards the Public Health major, except for DeCal classes and independent research.

Declared Public Health major students may take graduate courses within Berkeley Public Health, pending instructor approval and pre-requisite completion. The class must be for a letter grade to be counted toward your Public Health electives. Please discuss with the Academic Advisors regarding the process of enrolling into Public Health graduate courses.

Other courses not expressly listed below may be considered pending one-time approval by the Undergraduate Management Committee. Please discuss with an Academic Advisor.

  • DEMOG 110: Introduction to Population Analysis (3)
  • COMPSCI/STAT C100: Principles & Techniques of Data Science (DATA 100) (4)
  • MATH 53: Multivariable Calculus (4)
  • MATH 54: Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4)
  • PB HLTH 145: Statistical Analysis of Continuous Outcome Data (4)
  • STAT 131A: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Life Scientists (4)
  • STAT 133: Concepts in Computing with Data (3)
  • STAT 134: Concepts of Probability (4)
  • STAT 135: Concepts of Statistics (4)
  • STAT 150: Stochastic Processes (3)
  • STAT 151A: Linear Modeling: Theory and Application (4)
  • STAT 153: Introduction to Time Series (4)
  • ANTHRO 115: Introduction to Medical Anthropology (4)
  • ANTHRO 189: Language and Global Health (4)
    Note: This is a special topics course so please make sure that the title of the course is an exact match
  • ASAMST 143AC: Asian American Health (3)
  • CHICANO 174: Chicanos, Law and Criminal Justice (4)
  • CHICANO 176: Chicanos and Health Care (3)
  • ESPM 150: Social Inequality and the Body (4)
  • ESPM 163AC/SOCIOL 137AC: Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity and the Environment (4)
  • HISTORY 100ST: Biology, Ecology, and the Making of US Imperialism (4)
  • HISTORY C191/HMEDSCI C133/UGIS C133: Death, Dying and Modern Medicine: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (4)
  •  ISF C100G: Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society (4)
  • NUSCTX W104: Food, Culture, and the Environment
  • NUSCTX 166: Nutrition in the Community (3)
  • PB HLTH 14: Healthy People: Introduction to Health Promotion (4)
  • PB HLTH 15: Introduction to Global Health Equity (3)
  • PB HLTH 104 A/B: Health Promotion in a College Setting (2/2)
  • PB HLTH 107: Violence, Social Justice and Public Health (2)
  • PB HLTH 101: A sustainable world: Challenges and Opportunities (3)
  • PB HLTH 118: Nutrition in Developing Countries (3)
  • PB HLTH 129: Aging and the Human Brain (3)
  • PB HLTH C155/SOCIOL C115: Sociology of Health and Medicine (4)
  • PB HLTH W108: Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment (3)
  • PSYCH 131: Developmental Psychopathology (3)
  • PYSCH 130: Clinical Psychology (3)
  • PSYCH 134: Health Psychology (3)
  • PSYCH N180: Industrial Organizational Psychology (3)
  • CIV ENG 111: Environmental Engineering (3)
  • CIV ENG 113: Ecological Engineering for Water Quality Improvement (3)
  • CIV ENG 114: Environmental Microbiology (3)
  • ECON C102/ENVECON C102: Natural Resource Economics (4)
  • ECON C171/ENVECON C151: Economic Development (4)
  • ECON 172: Case Studies in Economic Development (4)
  • ECON C181/ENVECON C181: International Trade (4)
  • ENE,RES C100/PUB POL C184: Energy and Society (4)
  • ENE,RES 102: Quantitative Aspects of Global Environment Problems (4)
  • ENVECON 131: Globalization and the Natural Environment (4)
  • ENVECON 152: Advanced Topics in Development and International Trade (3)
  • ENVECON 153: Population, Environment and Development (3)
  • ENVECON 161: Advanced Topics in Environmental and Resource Economics (4)
  • ESPM 102D: Climate and Energy Policy (4)
  • ESPM 155AC: Sociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems (4)
  • ESPM 162A: Health, Medicine, Society and Environment (4)
  • ESPM 163AC/SOCIOL 137AC: Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity and the Environment (4)
  • ESPM 168: Political Ecology (4)
  • ESPM 169: International Environmental Politics (4)
  • GEOG 123: Postcolonial Geographies (4)
  • GEOG 130: Food and the Environment (4)
  • GEOG 138: Global Environmental Politics (4)
  • GEOG 187: Geographic Information Analysis (4)
  • GEOG C188/LD ARCH C188: Geographic Information Systems (4)
  • HISTORY 100ST: Biology, Ecology, and the Making of US Imperialism (4)
  • HISTORY 120AC/ESPM 160AC: American Environmental and Cultural History (4)
  • INTEGBI 117: Medical Ethnobotany (2)
  • IAS C175/ENVECON C175: The Economics of Climate Change (4)
  • ISF 100D: Introduction to Technology, Society and Culture (4)
  • ISF 100G: Introduction to Science, Society and Ethics (4)
  • NUSCTX 20: Personal Food Security and Wellness (2)
  • NUSCTX W104: Food, Culture, and the Environment (3)
  • NUSCTX 110: Toxicology (4)
  • NUSCTX 160: Metabolic Bases of Human Health & Diseases (4)
  • PB HLTH C160/ESPM C167: Environmental Health and Development (4)
  • SOCIOL 121: Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Social and Cultural Context (4)
  • SOCIOL 166: Society and Technology (4)
  • DEMOG 110: Introduction to Population Analysis (3)
  • DEMOG C126/SOCIOL C126: Sex, Death and Data (4)
  • GEOG 130: Food and the Environment (4)
  • INTEGBI 128: Sports Medicine (3)
  • INTEGBI 131: General Human Anatomy (3)
  • INTEGBI 132: Survey of Human Physiology (4)
  • INTEGBI 140: Biology of Human Reproduction (4)
  • INTEGBI 141: Human Genetics (3)
  • MCELLBI 140: General Genetics (4)
  • PB HLTH 112: Global Health: A Multidisciplinary Examination (4)
  • CY PLAN 120: Community Planning and Public Policy for Disability (3)
  • ECON 157: Health Economics (4)
  • ENVECON 145: Health and Environmental Economic Policy (3)
  • ENVECON C176: Climate Change Economics (4)
  • ESPM 102D: Climate and Energy Policy (4)
  • ESPM 162: Bioethics and Society (4)
  • LEGALST 103: Theories of Law and Society (4)
  • LEGALST 107: Theories of Justice (4)
  • LEGALST 157: International Relations and International Law (4)
  • LEGALST 168: Sex, Reproduction and the Law (4)
  • MEDIAST 112: Media Theories and Processes (4)
  • PB HLTH 116: Seminar on  Social, Political and Ethical Issues in Health and Medicine (3)
  • PB HLTH 126: Health Economics and Public Policy (3)
  • PB HLTH 181  Poverty and Population (3)
  • POL SCI 103: Congress (4)
  • POL SCI 150: The American Legal System (4)
  • POL SCI 171: California Politics (4)
  • PSYCH 194D: Early Childhood Policy: Children, Contexts, and Politics in Diverse Societies (3)
  • PUB POL 101: Introduction to Public Policy Analysis (4)
  • PUB POL C103/L & S C180U Wealth and Poverty (4)
  • PUB POL 117AC: Race, Ethnicity and Public Policy (4)
  • PUB POL 156: Program and Policy Design (4)
  • PUB POL 179: Public Budgeting (4)
  • SOCIOL 115G: Global Health and Social Justice (4)
  • SOC WEL 112: Social Welfare Policy (3)
  • SPANISH 102C: Advanced Writing Workshop (Volunteering, Global Education and Good Writing) (4)
  • CHEM 135: Chemical Biology (3)
  • ESPM C138/MCELLBI C114/PLANTBI C114: Introduction to Comparative Virology (4)
  • INTEGBI 114 Infectious Disease Dynamics (4)
  • INTEGBI 116L: Medical Parasitology (4)
  • INTEGBI 131: General Human Anatomy (3)
  • INTEGBI 132: Survey of Human Physiology (4)
  • INTEGBI 137: Human Endocrinology (4)
  • INTEGBI 139: The Neurobiology of Stress (4) to Infectious Diseases
  • INTEGBI 141: Human Genetics (3)
  • MCELLBI C100A/CHEM C130: Biophysical Chemistry: Physical Principles and the Molecules of Life (4)
  • MCELLBI 102: Survey of the Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (4)
  • MCELLBI C114: Introduction to Comparative Virology (4)
  • MCELLBI 130: Cell and Systems Biology (4)
  • MCELLBI 140: General Genetics (4)
  • MCB 141: Developmental Biology (4)
  • MCELLBI 150: Molecular Immunology (4)
  • MCELLBI 160: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (4)
  • PLANTBI C110L/INTEGBI C110L: Biology of Fungi with Laboratory (4)
  • MCELLBI C103/PLANTBI C103: Bacterial Pathogenesis (3)
  • PB HLTH 162A: Public Health Microbiology (4)
  • PB HLTH 162L: Public Health Microbiology Laboratory (2)

 

Study Abroad Approved Electives List

More information about undergraduate study abroad options can be found on the Undergraduate Academics page.

Please note that electives on this list expire five years after their approval date. If you wish to use something that has expired you are required to submit your own elective petition to renew the course.

  • Maastricht University (Netherlands)
    • European Public Health in a Globalizing World (6 quarter / 4 semester)
    • Creating Health Literate Societies: Bridging the Gap of Inequality (5 quarter / 3.3 semester)

Approved November 2016 

  • Thammasat University (Thailand)
    • Mobility and Border Health (5 quarter / 3.3 semester UC units; letter grade only)
    • Health Realities in Border Populations (5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units; letter grade only)

Approved September 2017

  • University of Queensland (Australia)
    • ASIP001: Global to Local Environment and Health Issues (4.5 quarter units / 3 semester units)
    • ASIP002: Methods in Environmental Health and Science (4.5 quarter units / 3 semester units)

Approved November 2017 

  • University of Cape Town (South Africa)
    • AXL2100F: Gender, Sexuality, Politics (8 quarter / 5.3 semester)

Approved March 2018 

  • Cambridge University (England)
    • Global Mental Health and Disability (5 quarter / 3.3 semester units)

Approved October 2018 

  • Carlos III University (Madrid, Spain)
    • Global Environmental Challenges (3.3 semester units)

Approved May 2019 

  • University of Sydney (Australia)
    • EDGU1004: Young People, Sex and Sexual Health (4 semester units)

Approved May 2019 

  • Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Chile)
    • VIL625: Planning for Local Sustainability in a Global Age (3.33 semester units)

Approved November 2019

  • University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
    • PSYCH 112: Health Psychology – Psychosocial Aspects of Health (5.3 semester units)
    • Health Sciences Communication 189: Public Health in the Media (2.67 semester units)

Approved August 2019

    • SGLK19001U: Cardio-metabolic Diseases in Global Populations (4 semester units)
    • SFOK09118U: Medical Humanities (2.7 semester units)

Approved November 2019

    • ASOA15078U Scandinavian Welfare Regime: Challenged by Europeanization and Globalization (4 semester units)
    • SFOB19001U Migration and Health (5.3 semester units)

Approved February 2020

  • Lund University, School of Economics and Management (Sweden)
    • NEKG71, Economics: Development Economics (Department equivalency to UCB ECON 171) [Each approved course must transfer to Berkeley with at least 2.7 semester units and must be taken for a letter grade.]

Approved via Economics Equivalency May 2019

  • University of Geneva, Switzerland
    • (J2D030) LEGST 100: International Environmental Law
    • J2M219: International Geneva (6 quarter / 4 semester units)

Approved December 2019

  • Hitotsubashi University (Japan)
    • 1EI40901: Theories in Health Insurance (2 semester units)
    • 1EI40701: Medical Engineering (2 semester units)

Approved February 2020

  • Dominican Republic: Community Public Health, Santiago program
    • PUBH 3001 Pre Professional Healthcare Issues (3 units)
    • PUBH 3002 Community Health Practicum (3 units)

Approved February 2018

  • Global Health in Peru (UCLA Summer Travel Study)
    • GLB HLT 110A: Global Health in Practice (4 quarter units / 2.68 semester units)
    • GLB HLT 110B: Diversities and Disparities: The Case of Peru (4 quarter units / 2.68 semester units)

Approved September 2018

  • ISA Global Health in Rome (Independent Program)
    • Global Health and Epidemiology (3 semester units)
    • Health Policy and Management for Universal Coverage (3 semester units)

Approved May 2019

  • Sciences Po (Paris, France)
    • DAFF25A16: Human Rights Advocacy (3 semester UC units)
    • DDRO25A20: Global Security Law (3 semester UC units)
    • DECO25A07: Population Economics – Theory and Empirical Analysis (3 semester UC units)
    • AAFF25A11: Ambition or Illusion: Europe as a Global Actor (4 semester UC units)

Approved June 2019

Please refer to the Schedule of Classes on CalCentral and the UC Berkeley Academic Guide for more details about specific courses.

 

Public Health Elective Petition Process

If you would like to petition courses that are not currently on the approved list of electives that can found on Curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Program page, you will have to submit a petition via the Public Health Elective Petition Process Form.

You will have to provide a syllabus of the course you wish to petition and course(s) you find it similar to that are already approved electives. We recommend students reach out to the professors, advisors, or department of the class to obtain the syllabus. Your petition will be processed with a decision within 3-4 weeks. You may petition a class before, during, or after taking it. You must be a public health major to petition a class. Core and capstone classes cannot be petitioned; this function is for electives only. Electives being petitioned must be taken for a letter grade.

 

Public Health Internship or Research Units (PH 197/198/199)

To obtain credit within the Public Health department for an internship or research, your first step is to identify a UC Berkeley Public Health faculty member to work with you. Once you find a faculty sponsor, they would email our course scheduler to create a PH 197/198/or 199 course for you. The meetings and assignments would be determined by your faculty member. Please note, if you feel your internship would align with another department, you may also consider requesting academic credit from another department on campus. For more information, please see the Career Center’s guidelines for receiving internship academic credit.

Career Center’s guidelines for receiving internship academic credit

 

Public Health Major Capstone Requirement

The capstone requirement for the undergraduate Public Health major is designed to review, integrate, and apply concepts and methods presented in the core breadth courses.

  • The Capstone Requirement must be taken for a letter grade and fulfilled in your senior year. Previous coursework does not apply.
  • The Capstone course you select cannot be used to fulfill the PH elective unit requirement.
  • Priority is given to graduating students who need to satisfy the Public Health Capstone Requirement opposed to those interested in taking the course as an elective.

Note: the options listed below are for the 2020-2021 academic year and are subject to change.

Capstone Course Options

Fall 2020

*Note: this class will be changing to PH 155A

Course Description: This applied course will help you understand how to conduct and interpret research in human health and disease, building on your knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics and other content areas in public health. The course will provide skills in: critically reading the literature related to public health-related research; developing a research question and a testable hypothesis; and creating an analysis plan. The course will cover quantitative and qualitative research methods, with an emphasis on quantitative methods. The course will also include the development of a human subjects research protocol. All students will have a hands-on, guided experience analyzing data using R. This course is open to students interested in the research process in public health and medicine. Students must have successfully completed PH 142 and PH 150A. (3.0 Units, 50-54 students, Instructors: Madsen, K and Barcellos, L).

NOTE: Students who are interested in completing capstone by pursuing an Honors Thesis in Public Health must enroll in the Senior Research Seminar course above for the Fall. No exceptions. Additional information regarding Honors Thesis can be found here.

Course Description: This capstone course will enhance student preparation to be effective public health practitioners through application of core knowledge, strengthening essential professional skills and development of post-graduation career and graduate education plans. Students will tackle real-world public health cases and emerging local challenges to enhance essential problem solving and innovation skills. Students will also enhance key communication, team and project skills. Leading professionals from a range of public health organizations will be engaged in the course to enhance student exposure, networking and opportunities. A key focus of the course will be students developing a clearer understanding of how their unique aspirations and strengths connect to emerging career and post-graduation options and how they can best prepare. (3.0 Units, 56 students, Instructor: Williams, K.).

Course Description: Nutrition plays a vital role in human reproduction and child growth and development. This course provides an overview of the major nutritional issues faced by women of childbearing age, infants, children and adolescents in the United States and globally, with selected topics explored in greater depth. In addition to academic knowledge, this course offers students the opportunity to apply practical knowledge of nutrition on a personal level. This course includes a field component in which students meet local-level public health professionals/agencies (e.g. visits to WIC clinics, food banks, government organizations, more).  The final paper will allow students to delve deeply into a particular topic of interest to them. The course is applicable to students interested in community nutrition, maternal and child health, food security, and food systems and opportunity to integrate and synthesize their knowledge. (3.0 Units, 10-20 students, Instructor: Fernald, L).

Course Description: Students learn (through lectures and graded student presentations and projects) to design clinical and population-level field trials. Topics: formulation of a testable hypothesis; identification of appropriate populations; blinding (including indices for assessment); randomization (including traditional and adaptive randomization algorithms); sample-size estimation; recruitment strategies; data collection systems; quality control and human subjects responsibilities; adverse effects monitoring; improving participant adherence; use of surrogate outcomes. One midterm and one group project with written and oral components; required CITI IRB training completion. Students must have successfully completed PH 142 and PH 150A. (3.0 Units, 15-20 students, Instructor: Colford, J).

Course Description: This introductory course will cover basic principles of human/population genetics and molecular biology relevant to understanding approaches in molecular and genetic epidemiology. The latest designs and methods for genome-wide association studies and other approaches to identify genetic variants and environmental risk factors important to disease and health will be presented. The application of biomarkers to define exposures and outcomes in epidemiologic research will be explored. The course will cover recent developments in genomics, epigenomics and other ‘omics’, including the role of genomics in personalized/precision medicine. Students will learn how to utilize tools implemented in PLINK and R packages for analysis of genetic and genomic data. The course will introduce the use of many bioinformatics tools and public resources. Students will complete a final project Students must have successfully completed PH 142 and PH 150A. (3.0 Units, 25-30 students, Instructors: Barcellos, L and Cardenas, A).

Spring 2021

Course Description: This course will give students the opportunity to build upon their understanding of the organization, financing and current policy issues of the US health care delivery system obtained in PH 150D. In this course students will become engaged health policy analysts, applying policymaking tools (e.g., policy memos/briefs, legislative analysis, regulatory comments, media advocacy, public testimony) to actual health issues and problems. Through individual and group work, students will draw upon both verbal and written communication skills to effectuate health policy change. Students must have successfully completed PH 150D before enrolling in this course (3.0 Units, 2 sections: 24-30 students per section, Instructor: Flagg, R).

Course Description: This course explores a wide variety of public health issues related to drinking water in both developed and developing countries. The approach is a case-based study of microbial, chemical and radiological contamination events in drinking water systems world- wide. We explore the health effects, health interventions (prevention and communication), water treatment interventions and policies/regulations. We also explore the role of stakeholders such as water utilities, NGOs, civil society, and support agencies such as UNDP, and WHO. The course includes a field project using a mobile-GIS App for water assets, and provides context to understand how asset inventory relates to public health. This exercise can be applied to other assets such as health clinics and pharmaceutical dispensaries. Students must have successfully completed PH 150B (or similar) before enrolling in this course (3.0 Units, 30 students, Instructor: Smith, C).

Course Description: This introductory course will emphasize infectious diseases of public health importance focusing on the core concepts of infectious disease transmission, evidence-based approaches for prevention and control, and epidemiologic methods for studying infectious diseases. The course is organized around two primary modules: 1) methods of infectious disease epidemiology; and 2) routes of transmission and associated prevention and control measures. Within each module, students will consider the range of clinical, methodological and ethical challenges faced by infectious disease epidemiologists and public health practitioners. Major infectious diseases will be discussed with an emphasis on disease surveillance, investigative procedures, and prevention programs. Current problems in health agencies at a state, national, and international level will be emphasized. Successful completion of PH 150A is a prerequisite for this course. (3.0 Units, 5-10 students, Instructors: Lewnard, J).

Capstone Honors Thesis

Go to the Undergraduate Honors Thesis page for information.


For curriculum information for those enrolled in the undergraduate minor or certificate program, go to the Minor/Certificate in Global Public Health curriculum page.

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