Candidates for the M.P.H. degree come to the School with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience and have particular needs and objectives to meet. At the same time, society has certain expectations of training standards for its public health professionals. Thus, students have a responsibility to society as well as to themselves to plan and pursue meaningful programs of professional training.
Graduates of the UC Berkeley M.P.H. program display understanding of the biological, physical, and chemical factors which affect the health of a community; the concepts and methods of relevant social and behavioral sciences; the distribution of diseases or conditions in populations and factors that influence this distribution; the collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, and interpretation of health data; and the planning, policy analysis, and administration of health programs.
Requirements for completion of program:
* A minimum of four semesters of academic residence.
* A minimum of 48 units of course work.
* At least a 3.0 (B) grade point average in all work completed in graduate standing.
* Approved Public Health Practice Experience. Students are required to complete a 3-month (480 hours) supervised internship while registered at UC Berkeley. The internship is a 12-week, full-time experience during the summer following the first year of academic study in public health. Opportunities for supervised field experience are offered by research and field projects within the school and by many health agencies in nearby communities, the state, in the nation, and occasionally internationally.
* A comprehensive final examination or master's thesis given by the faculty of the student's area of concentration.