Undergraduate Admissions

Major Maps: Interested in Public Health as a major? Check out the Public Health Major Map linked HERE! You can explore more major maps by going to the UC Berkeley My Major Map Website.


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

If you are a double major applicant, you are required to address the following in your application: Why you are choosing to pursue two majors, how your two majors will prepare you for a career related to public health, and how you will manage the workload for multiple majors, i.e. potential time conflicts with required courses. A discussion with our academic advisor is recommended.

For prerequisites taken during Spring 2020

The review committee will take into account that Spring 2020 is 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 ā€œPā€. 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. 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).