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Why You Need to Understand Health Policy

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more than five years ago shook up the U.S. healthcare system as we know it: making coverage more affordable prohibiting denial of coverage for those with pre-existing conditions outlawing rescinding coverage for sick...

Living the #healthcareforall Mindset

Graduate Bryanna Samborski Making Specialty Healthcare a Reality for Underserved 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...

Training Tomorrow’s Physicians

Five Questions With 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,...

Population Growing Pains

In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme established July 11th as World Population Day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year's theme is “Investing in teenage girls” (source: UN World...

Mental Health is Public Health

As Mental Health Month draws to a close, it’s imperative to keep the conversation going about this important topic. It is also important for you—the public health professional—to understand the important connections between mental health and your work. Mental Health...

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...

Meet Graduate J.T. Lane

J.T. Lane came to our 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 Louisiana’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.
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The Growing Importance of Public Health 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...

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act, Six Years Later

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...

The Importance of a Global “One Health” Strategy

When we think of global health—or public health for that matter—we often focus on that which affects humans, relegating all else to the sidelines. In a response to our post, The Changing Face of Global Health, Annika Linde, D.V.M., Ph.D., posits that for global health to be truly “global,” it should encompass all living beings; specifically, animals. In this guest post, Linde discusses the concept of “One Health.” Read on to find out how human and animal health intersect and impact public health initiatives. … continue reading The Importance of a Global “One Health” Strategy

Technology’s Role in Global Health

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...

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...

Meet Graduate Tim Ho

Caring for Millions in Southern California 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...

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...

Online MPH Gets Social

Your role in public health builds and strengthens communities toward better health and wellness. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce that the UC Berkeley Online Master of Public Health program is now on social media! We’ll be covering news and trends in the...

Meet Graduate Korie Hickel

Deep in the Wilds of Alaska Korie Hickel, Class of 2014 Graduate Korie Hickel is taking her public health knowledge to the arctic North. Specifically, she’s alleviating the negative effects of climate change in various Alaskan communities. An environmental health...

Preparing Your Statement of Purpose

Here are some suggestions from the Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Services (GRADS) team at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health on how to prepare your Statement of Purpose: Remember, this is a statement of purpose, not a personal statement. Everything that you...