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The School of Public Health’s minimum graduate admission requirements are defined below. More information can be found on the UC Berkeley Graduate Division website:

  1. a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
  2. a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum B average (3.0) or equivalent (focused on work completed in the last two years of a bachelor’s degree program and in all post-baccalaureate coursework)
    1. Note: If your undergraduate GPA does not meet the minimum, you may still submit an application. Remember to provide evidence of other academic and professional accomplishments to demonstrate your capability to be successful in an academically rigorous environment. Alternative evidence may include courses you have successfully completed as work-related training.
  3. enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen area of study – see Individual Program Requirements section below for more information
  4. evidence of English Language Proficiency (only for applicants from countries/regions in which the official language is not English) – see International Student section on the Application Instructions page for more information
  5. submission of all required application materials.

Application Requirements

  • SOPHAS and/or Berkeley Graduate Application + fees
  • Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Personal History Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • GRE scores (optional for certain programs for fall 2021)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (required for some international applicants)

See our application instructions page for more detailed information about these requirements.

Individual Program Requirements and Qualifications

All applicants to our on-campus graduate degree programs must choose a degree program; applicants may apply to only one program and should tailor their applications to their program of choice.  The coursework, application materials, and amount of work/research experience required by each program varies. Please thoroughly review the webpages for the program you are applying to for more guidance.

DrPH

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree in the health sciences OR in another related field or non-US equivalent degree.
  • Applicants must also have a minimum of two years of professional experience post-master’s degree showing progressive responsibility and evidence of leadership potential.
  • DrPH applicants are required to provide a writing sample. Writing samples should be no more than 7,000 words in length and should be all or mostly written by the applicant. Examples include: publications in peer-reviewed journals on which you were the sole or first author, papers written for a graduate course, media pieces, or reports written for public agencies.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/interdisciplinary/doctor-of-public-health-drph/
  • Note: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, submission of GRE test scores will be optional for the upcoming application cycle (for Summer and Fall 2021 admit terms) for the Doctor of Public Health Program.

PhD

  • Applicants should have completed undergraduate and graduate work in calculus, linear algebra, and have a strong overall quantitative background
  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: Biological sciences, math, statistics
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: Typical admitted applicants have work experience in quantitative analysis in a research setting. Many of them have co-authored articles published in medical or scientific journals. The following is a sample of the job-titles of successful applicants: Research Analyst, Data Director, Biostatistician, Programmer Analyst, Statistical Consultant, Research Assistant.
  • Submission of official GRE test scores as described on our “how to apply” page is required.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/epidemiology-and-biostatistics/biostatistics-phd/
  • The amount of coursework necessary for each doctoral student in the PhD program varies greatly, depending on previous coursework, experience, and background.
  • A master’s degree in epidemiology or a related field is preferable.
  • Successful applicants often have work experience in a public health setting or in epidemiologic research.
  • Submission of official GRE test scores as described on our “how to apply” page is required.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/epidemiology-and-biostatistics/epidemiology-phd/
  • A master’s degree is not a requirement for this program, however, entering students should have completed introductory coursework in statistics, microeconomics and epidemiology.
  • Students without master’s-level coursework in these areas are required to take relevant courses at UC Berkeley or otherwise demonstrate mastery of these areas.
  • Submission of official GRE test scores as described on our “how to apply” page is required.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/health-policy-and-management/health-policy-phd/
  • The following subjects are normally required as undergraduate preparation for all candidates. Deficiencies must be made up early during the graduate program.
  • Mathematics: Calculus; one course in probability or statistics.
  • Physics: General physics.
  • Chemistry and biochemistry: Inorganic chemistry; organic chemistry; biochemistry; and associated laboratories.
  • Biology: General biology lecture and laboratory; genetics; and a basic course(s) in molecular biology.
  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: Biology, integrative biology, microbiology, biological sciences, biology and communications
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: Work experience is not required for admission, but relevant work experience related to infectious diseases, e.g. wet laboratory and/or surveillance work is important for the IDI PhD program. Most of the admitted applicants have strong lab and research experience.
  • Note: Submission of GRE test scores is optional.

MA or MS

  • Previous coursework in calculus and linear algebra is suggested.
  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: Biomedical & biological sciences, mathematics, statistics. Common work experience for admitted applicants: Typical successful applicants have work experience in Research Assistant positions at a health department.
  • Submission of official GRE test scores as described on our “how to apply” page is required.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/epidemiology-and-biostatistics/biostatistics-ma/
  • Applicants must have a strong background in biological, social, or mathematical science, which will provide a basis for the application of epidemiological methods and principles to the study of diseases.
  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: Biological, social, or mathematical sciences.
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: work experience in a public health setting is recommended
  • Submission of official GRE test scores as described on our “how to apply” page is required.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/epidemiology-and-biostatistics/epidemiology-ms/
  • Note: The Epidemiology MS program admits very few students each year (1 to 2). Interested applicants are encouraged to also consider the Epidemiology and Biostatistics MPH program as the coursework is similar and that program admits a cohort of 20 to 25 students each year.
  • Applicants must have completed undergraduate coursework in chemistry and biology.
  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: engineering, biology, microbiology, immunology, environmental science, toxicology, chemistry.
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: Applicants in past years have worked as lab technicians, student researchers, research scientists, post-graduate fellows, toxicologists, industrial hygiene engineers, and for the Peace Corps.
  • Note: Submission of GRE test scores is optional.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/environmental-health-sciences/environmental-health-sciences-ms/
  • Candidates with undergraduate coursework in calculus, chemistry and biology are preferred.
  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: engineering, microbiology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, other biological, natural or physical sciences fields, population sciences and biomedical fields.
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: applicants in past years have worked as lab technicians, student researchers, research scientists, environmental organizers and advocates, program managers, engineers, post-graduate fellows, in global health programs and for the Peace Corps.
  • Note: Submission of GRE test scores is optional.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/environmental-health-sciences/global-health-and-environment-ms/

2-year MPH

  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: chemistry, biology, microbiology, molecular biology, nutrition, ecology, public health and environmental studies.
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: Work experience is not required for admission, but successful applicants in past years have worked as lab technicians, student researchers, research assistants, community organizers, study coordinators and post-graduate fellows, as well as for the Peace Corps.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/environmental-health-sciences/environmental-health-sciences-mph/
  • Ideally, applicants will have completed one undergraduate course in chemistry and one undergraduate course in biology.
  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: any biological, natural or physical science; public health; environmental studies; international studies; economics; political science; anthropology; and sociology.
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: Work experience is not required for admission, but successful applicants in past years have worked as student researchers, environmental organizers and advocates, lab technicians, program managers, research scientists, engineers and post-graduate fellows, as well as for global NGOs and the Peace Corps.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/environmental-health-sciences/global-health-and-environment-mph/
  • No specific coursework or majors required but we do look for academic excellence in undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) studies.
  • At least 2 years of full time work experience after the undergraduate degree is required. Prefer experience in related health policy or management areas.
  • Statement of purpose should talk about why MPH, why HPM, why Berkeley and why now. Also, how the program will build on your prior experiences and contribute to professional goals.
  • Competitive GRE scores. NOTE: The GRE is optional for the 2021 admissions cycle. If not submitting a score, applicants should speak to their analytical and quantitative preparation for the program based on past coursework (e.g. statistics, microeconomics, math) and/or professional experiences.
  • Letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s academic and professional qualifications and leadership abilities.
  • Contribution to diversity of the program and the public health workforce.
  • Competitive applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree with a strong background in science and a demonstrated interest in public health.
  • Common undergraduate majors: any major in biological sciences or any other major with courses equivalent to those of a biological science major, e.g.  microbiology, genetics, and molecular biology. The courses listed are examples of courses taken by successful applicants; however, they are not prerequisites and not having taken one or more of them does not preclude admission to our programs.
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: Work experience is not required for admission, but relevant volunteer, service and/or work experience related to infectious diseases and public health (e.g., community service, laboratory or surveillance work, and Peace Corps) is a plus. Many admitted applicants have some research experience.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinology/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinology-mph/
  • Course work in one or another of the behavioral, social, or biological sciences
  • Work experience in community, health promotion, or health-related practice or research. Most students admitted to the program have two years or more of paid work experience. We strongly urge you to apply to our program only after you have worked in a professional capacity in public health or related fields.
  • Statement of purpose that explains why the applicant is interested in HSB versus other areas, and how this program would build on prior experiences (if applicable) and contribute to their career goals
  • Academic excellence in undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) studies.- Contribution to diversity of the program and the public health workforce
  • Competitive GRE scores. NOTE: The GRE is optional for the 2021 admissions cycle. Refer to the application checklist for more information.
  • Letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s academic and professional qualifications and leadership abilities
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/community-health-sciences/health-and-social-behavior-mph/
  • Applicants to this program should be post-baccalaureate students with demonstrated quantitative/analytic abilities and significant work or volunteer experience in the maternal, child, and adolescent health field.
  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: Biology, medicine, sociology, anthropology, political science, public health.
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: Applicants should have a strong quantitative and analytic background, and many have paid or volunteer experience working in the field of MCAH.
  • Excellent GRE scores and grades from nationally or internationally recognized undergraduate institutions. Note: GRE is optional for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle.
  • Generally, some coursework in the sciences underlying human nutrition (including biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physiology), and in food and nutrition sciences, with good to excellent grades in these courses.
  • Cultural competence and demonstrated knowledge of and interest in other cultures and languages.
  • Communication skills-demonstrated in the Statement of Purpose-that reflect an understanding of what public health is and why you want to specialize in Public Health Nutrition.
  • Critical thinking ability with an analytical approach to solving current issues in nutrition and public health.
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to making a contribution to the public’s health as reflected in your Statement of Purpose.
  • Relevant work experience in public health nutrition or related fields.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/community-health-sciences/public-health-nutrition-2-year-mph/

11-month MPH

All of our 1-year programs require that you have an advanced degree at the time of applying. For more information about our 1-year programs and what their specific requirements are, please go to the program page for the degree you are interested in.

  • Applicants must be doctoral level health professionals (e.g. physicians, veterinarians, and dentists), have a prior doctoral degree in a related discipline (e.g. anthropology, sociology, psychology, demography, the biology sciences), or be concurrently enrolled in a doctoral level degree program in a health profession or related discipline.
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants includes medical doctor, dentist, pharmacist, veterinarian, and/or research experience in a public health setting.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/epidemiology-and-biostatistics/epidemiology-mph/
  • 11 month MPH applicants must be doctoral-level clinical students or graduates (MD, DDS, PharmD)
  • No specific coursework or majors required but we do look for academic excellence in undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) studies.
  • Statement of purpose should talk about why MPH, why HPM, why Berkeley and why now. Also, how the program will build on your prior experiences and contribute to professional goals.
  • Competitive GRE scores. NOTE: The GRE is optional for the 2021 admissions cycle. If not submitting a score, applicants should speak to their analytical and quantitative preparation for the program based on past coursework (e.g. statistics, microeconomics, math) and/or professional experiences.
  • Letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s academic and professional qualifications and leadership abilities.
  • Contribution to diversity of the program and the public health workforce.
  • Successful applicants are professionals holding a graduate degree (master, PhD, MD, JD, DO, DVM etc.) or its academic equivalent, with a demonstrated ability to work both independently and within a team-based structure.
  • While many successful applicants are health professionals, applicants from disciplines not traditionally associated with public health are also encouraged to apply.
  • The program is also appropriate for dual-degree students completing an MPH in conjunction with an MD, MSW, MPP, or other graduate degree.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/interdisciplinary/interdisciplinary-mph/
  • Applicants to this program must have a prior master’s or doctoral degree, and should have a background in working in the health-related field, particularly with women, children, and families. We also accept current medical students.
  • Common master’s or doctoral degrees held for admitted applicants: medicine, nursing, social work.
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: Applicants to our 11-month program are typically health professionals, including pediatricians, obstetricians, qualified nurses and social workers, and other qualified master-level trained health professionals.
  • For more information, visit: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/programs/graduate/maternal-child-and-adolescent-health-1-year-mph/

Concurrent Degrees

For information about concurrent MBA/MPH, MCP/MPH, MJ/MPH, MPP/MPH, and MSW/MPH degrees, go to the concurrent degrees page.

4+1 MPH

For information about this degree, which is available to UC Berkeley Public Health Majors and Alumni ONLY, go to the “4+1” Master of Public Health (One-year MPH) program page.