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With a public health major, undergraduates 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.

Public health is a capped major and unfortunately every semester we have to turn away great candidates due to our limited capacity. While we do our best to accept all qualified students, there is no guarantee that any one particular student will be admitted into the major. Therefore, when you take the prerequisites needed for a public health major, you should also take the necessary steps to declare an alternative major in order to ensure you have a timely graduation.

Interested students may apply to the public health major once. We do not accept reapplicants. Thus, it is important to make your application as strong as possible.

Double Major Applicants

Please see the application instructions page for the following: “Our fourth question is optional, unless you are a double major applicant. If you are a double major applicant, you are required to answer this question in your Statement of Purpose: Why you are choosing to pursue two majors, and how will they prepare you for a career related to public health? (100 words)”

For prerequisites taken during Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021

The review committee will take into account that Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 are impacted by COVID-19. You may choose to take a PNP or a letter grade for prerequisites being taken at UC Berkeley or another institution this Spring 2020. For prerequisite courses taken for PNP, you must receive a “P”. You may request grades from your professor for prereq calculation purposes if you choose PNP (screenshot of email required with application). Requesting letter grades should you choose PNP is not required. You can see the full policy statement at section #8: SPHUG here. For more clarification please reach out to the academic advisors via drop in hours or sphug@berkerley.edu (drop in hours are easier for explanation purposes).

Declaration Policy of Public Health Major

Should you receive admission to the Public Health major you must be declared in the major on CalCentral no later than 3 months (12 weeks) after your admission email receipt. If you fail to declare the PH major by this deadline, you will automatically be dropped from the major. No exceptions. There is no appeal process. Please read the following for further details.

Students applying in the Fall cycle (December 17-31) should expect to be declared by mid April.
Students applying in the Spring cycle (May 17-31) should expect to be declared by mid October.

Dates will vary based on each years’ calendar.

L&S Students:

Students that apply who are already in the College of Letters and Science (L&S) and have marked on the application they are planning to solely major in PH will be declared immediately by the PH academic advisors in CalCentral.

If you are planning to double major and are already declared in a major besides PH within the College of L&S, you will be required to fill out the appropriate forms sent to you by the academic advisors in order to declare PH.

Non-L&S Students:

Students who apply while not in the College of L&S will need to fill out the appropriate forms sent to you by the academic advisors in order to declare PH. You will be in one of two situations and the appropriate forms shall be sent to you based on what you have marked on your application.

  • Change of College – you are planning to leave your current College and enter the College of L&S.
  • Simultaneous degree – you are planning to keep your current major/degree and also complete a second degree in the College of L&S majoring in PH.

Any questions can be directed to sphug@berkeley.edu.

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