On-Campus / Online Master of Public Health Blog

4 Reasons to Invest in a Public Health Career


If you’re considering a career in public health or looking to get more deeply involved in the field, you’ve probably read the headlines by now. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for 2014-2024, the healthcare sector will have the fastest job and wage growth over this time period, outpacing every other industry and well above the national average. As a current public health professional or someone entering the field, investing in … continue reading 4 Reasons to Invest in a Public Health Career

Online program to add certificates and single-course enrollment

Are you or someone you know looking to expand your skills or brush up on a certain area of public health? Our On-Campus/Online MPH degree program—the first online professional degree program offered at UC Berkeley—has been very successful to date and we’ve recently added a track in Health Policy and Management. Now, we are taking our online education further by offering more degree concentrations and introducing single course and certificate enrollment options.

In the coming months we will be introducing new Public Health Certificates to complement our already popular online MPH degree. These certificates—composed of 3 or 4 specialized courses—will focus on specific areas such as Global Health, Geographic Information Systems, Health Management, Leadership and Innovation, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Starting in January 2017, we are introducing single courses available for immediate enrollment, with a few more courses starting in March 2017. We appreciate your support in spreading the word about these online courses. If you or someone you know might be interested, please see below to get started.… continue reading Online program to add certificates and single-course enrollment

National Initiatives Take Aim at Lack of Disaster Preparedness in Public Health

Living the #healthcareforall Mindset

Graduate Bryanna Samborski Making Specialty Healthcare a Reality for Underserved

Bryanna Samborski Graduate

Due to the ongoing efforts by Redwood Community Health Coalition, nearly one out of every five residents in the Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo Counties have access to patient-centered primary care through its health centers. Sixty percent of those patients have incomes below the Federal Poverty Level and close to 25 percent are uninsured. Couple that with the recent passing of California Bill SB 10 (which allows immigrants living in California illegally to be able to buy insurance through the state health exchange), the coalition has a very large population who needs its services.

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Berkeley’s Online MPH Professor on the State of Global Health

Training Tomorrow’s Physicians

Five Questions With Graduate Jung Kim

OOMPH 2015 graduate Jung Kim

Online MPH 2015 graduate Jung Kim

Jung Kim is no stranger to public health. Having earned his bachelor’s in public health, it only felt natural to Kim to continue his studies at the top university in the country. A Seattle native, Kim was drawn to Berkeley’s Online MPH program’s online nature, allowing him to work as an analyst at Group Health Cooperative while taking his courses. … continue reading Training Tomorrow’s Physicians

From Berkeley to London to Peru, Online MPH Graduate Takes Public Health Global

Kate Bradley with Peruvian womanWith a breadth of experience including stints at infectious disease research labs, manuscript editing and biotech, Kate Bradley’s career exploration led to an interest in applied epidemiology. “I’d done a few field projects in college and really liked being out in the field, close to the subjects of my projects,” Bradley explains. Coupled with a keen desire for travel, she found public health represented the perfect marriage of her interests.… continue reading From Berkeley to London to Peru, Online MPH Graduate Takes Public Health Global

Meet Graduate Matthew Lippi

Broadening His Horizons, Illuminating a Career Path

Matthew Lippi, Class of 2015

Before applying to the Online Master of Public Health , Matthew Lippi didn’t have a clear view of what his professional future could look like. An undergraduate degree in Biology from UC Irvine led him to work as a research assistant and lab manager at Stanford University. But Lippi wasn’t finding fulfillment and so he branched out to consulting work related to public health and toxic torts litigation, where many of his coworkers had an M.P.H. It was at this time in Lippi’s career path that the spark ignited: a desire for a broader understanding of health topics. Enter Berkeley’s Online MPH.… continue reading Meet Graduate Matthew Lippi

Meet Graduate J.T. Lane

From Health Care at the Louisiana State Capitol to the Nation’s Capital



J.T. Lane came to UC Berkeley’s On-Campus/Online MPH program as chief of Louisiana’s public health agency, where he led a large team responsible for improving the health and well-being of the state’s people. After an eight-plus-year tenure working within that state’s health services—and with master’s degree in hand—Lane moved to Washington, D.C., and is now a principal at Health Management Associates (HMA). This new role is an extension of Lane’s focus to develop and implement innovative solutions to improve community health and increase efficiencies across the health system. … continue reading Meet Graduate J.T. Lane

The Growing Importance of Public Health Nutrition

food and nutrition

During the first week of April every year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW). NPHW recognizes the importance of public health and strives to highlight significant public health issues. In honor of this occasion, we’re focusing on one NPHW theme: giving everyone a choice of healthy food. A major public health issue, “Today, nearly one in three U.S. kids are either overweight or obese and at risk of developing a chronic illness,”… continue reading The Growing Importance of Public Health Nutrition

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act, Six Years Later

Obama signs ACA

In March of 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, putting in place comprehensive reforms aimed to improve and expand access to affordable health coverage for all Americans. In addition, the law is meant to provide consumer protections and prevent restrictive and abusive practices by health insurance companies. It is important to note that although the ACA has put into place major reforms to provide broader coverage, the U.S. remains one of the few exceptions among … continue reading The Impact of the Affordable Care Act, Six Years Later

The Importance of a Global “One Health” Strategy

Technology’s Role in Global Health

Berkeley professor Caricia Catalani in India

Several years ago, I was in the home of an expecting mom in Northern India. The village was two hours from the closest maternity hospital. Her home had a tin roof and a mud floor, somehow swept spotlessly to a shiny brown. She had two pots, a water jug. The cot that she and her family slept on was the only furniture. She, her mother and three kids, then five neighbors and two chickens all piled onto the cot to show me the Healthy Pregnancy Video on her phone. We watched a 2-minute animation about eating healthy, drinking clean water and saving a little money for the big day. During those two minutes, we sat rapt. The kids were button lipped. Not even the chickens clucked. When it was over, a chorus of voices said, “Show it again, show it again.” That was the moment when I realized the importance of technology in global health.… continue reading Technology’s Role in Global Health

The Changing Face of Global Health

Despite a long-standing debate on how to define global health, on its most basic level global health builds on national public health efforts and focuses on health issues that transcend geographic boundaries. To shed light on this important topic, the UC Berkeley OOMPH Blog will devote the entire month to feature prominent voices and issues related to global health. For now we present to you the first piece in our series, bringing you eye-opening statistics and … continue reading The Changing Face of Global Health

Meet Graduate Tim Ho

Caring for Millions in Southern California

OOMPH Alumnus Tim Ho

Tim Ho Class of 2014

Since 1997, graduate Tim Ho has worked at Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) as a family medicine doctor, caring for one sick patient at a time. In 2015, he assumed the role of Regional Assistant Medical Director, Quality and Clinical Analysis at the group, and was charged with taking care of millions of people at a time.

“Family medicine doctors see patients in the office, prescribe medication,” Ho says. “They do a great job with the patients that they take care of, but they don’t have the opportunity to impact the operation of the health care system outside of their office. On the other hand, health care executives make policies and develop budgets. They do a great job running health care systems, but they usually don’t have the … continue reading Meet Graduate Tim Ho