You take 6 core courses in your first year and 2 core courses in your second year.
- Health and Social Behavior (Breadth Course)
- Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences (Breadth Course)
- Health Policy and Management (Breadth Course)
- Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (Breadth Course)
- Program Planning, Development and Evaluation
- Epidemiologic Methods (Breadth Course)
- Social and Behavioral Health Research: Introduction to Survey Methods
- Interdisciplinary Seminar
Health and Social Behavior (Breadth Course)
PH W200G (3 units)
This course focuses on major social, cultural, and bio-behavioral determinants of health as they relate to behavioral interventions and policies aimed at improving community health. At the end of this course, students will be able to apply a range of health and social behavior perspectives and approaches to critically analyze public health issues and conceptualize research and interventions at different levels of the ecological model. Class modules are designed to convey key concepts and highlight important approaches in Health and Social Behavior through lectures, readings, videos, and online resources. Group assignments focusing on community context and health will require students to synthesize and apply concepts from the course. The assignments will culminate in a final group project to develop a conceptual model and narrative on a community health issue with proposed interventions operating at multiple ecological levels.
Your Instructor: Evan vanDommelen-Gonzalez, DrPH, MPH
Dr. vanDommelen-Gonzalez has worked as part of a bilingual (Spanish/English), mixed-methods, participatory research program spanning the last ten years with community agencies, health clinics, schools, and gang-affiliated and immigrant youth in San Francisco. Her research interests center on therelationship between the social environment (social networks, neighborhood factors) and adolescenthealth to inform strengths-based intervention.
Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences (Breadth Course)
PH W200F (2 units)
The environment affects health in many ways. A wide array of environmental agents and factors contribute to disease, including some that have been widely recognized only recently, such as flame retardants in furniture in the developed world, combustion of biomass fuels in the developing world, or the design of buildings and communities. This course covers a wide range of topics in environmental health sciences. You will receive a general introduction to the core concepts of environmental health (i.e. exposure assessment, toxicology, epidemiology and risk assessment); and ways to examine environmental health issues by applying core concepts. Additionally, you will get a brief introduction to methods for measuring pollutants in the environment, along with how-to effectively control environmental hazards. Environmental health issues in both developed and developing countries will be presented.
Your Instructor: Amod Pokhrel, Ph.D.
Dr. Pokhrel, an Environmental Health Scientist and Lecturer, holds Master of Science and Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focus is on environmental and occupational health related to household energy generation and uses in developing countries.
Health Policy and Management (Breadth Course)
PH W200E (3 units; on-campus/online format)
Learn about health policy and management and health care delivery systems, primarily from a United States perspective. Find out how health policy and management applies concepts from economics, organizational behavior, and political science to the structure, financing, and regulation of public health and the health care delivery systems. At the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate the core competencies in health policy and management, including explaining the policy-making process and the roles of government, science, and markets; appreciating health expenditure trends, drivers of these trends and measures of value, quality and equity; identifying the principal functions of health insurance and understanding the structure of public and private health insurance plans and their enrollment trends; understanding the main components and issues in the organization and payment methods for healthcare services and public health; and grasping the key provisions of health reform within the Affordable Care Act.
Your Instructor: Brent Fulton, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Brent D. Fulton is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He is an Assistant Research Economist at the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare and the Global Center for Health Economics and Policy Research, both located in the School of Public Health. Fulton’s current research areas include health reform, health insurance markets, the health workforce, mental health and oral health care. Read more about this instructor
Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (Breadth Course)
PH W142 (4 units)
This course will provide you with the background and skills necessary to carry out simple statistical analyses and to interpret statistical results. The examples and readings demonstrate the role of probability and statistics in the health sciences. The introduction to each module includes detailed learning objectives. The course is designed to be interactive and to provide opportunities to learn to “speak” statistics.
Your Instructor: Maureen Lahiff, Ph.D.
Dr. Lahiff is a lecturer and researcher whose interests include multivariate methods, time series and longitudinal data and acculturation and health. She has published numerous articles in academic journals and is a recipient of the School of Public Health Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring Award.
Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation
PH W205 (3 units)
Gain the skills necessary skills to plan effective public health programs. You will examine the principles and methods underlying program planning, emphasizing multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and “real world” planning processes. Real world application of program planning principles will be taught throughout the course through critique and discussion of case studies as well as through a central project: the development of a complete program plan. The class will end with audio/visual presentations where students will make a “pitch” for their proposed programs.
Your Instructor: Sonya Dublin, M.P.H., M.S.W.
Sonya Dublin has been working in public health and HIV prevention since 1995 as a program implementer, director, planner and evaluator. She believes that evaluation should be about learning how to do what we do even better. She also believes that evaluation, done right, can be fun!
Epidemiologic Methods (Breadth Course)
PH W250 (3 units)
Study the principles and methods of epidemiology, including descriptive and analytic approaches to assessing the distributions of health, disease, and injury in populations and factors that influence those distributions. The emphasis is on developing an understanding of concepts, rather than quantitative methods, although calculations are involved. Through the combination of lectures, readings, critical review of papers, and problem sets, students without prior coursework in epidemiology will acquire the core competencies in epidemiology expected of all MPH graduates.
Your Instructor: Michael Bates, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Michael Bates an environmental and occupational epidemiologist in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. His undergraduate training was in chemistry in New Zealand, followed by a M.Sc. in toxicology at the University of Surrey in England. After working as a toxicologist in New Zealand, he became interested in epidemiology and obtained an M.P.H. in environmental health sciences and a Ph.D. in epidemiology at U.C. Berkeley (1987–1991).
Social and Behavioral Health Research: Introduction to Survey Methods
PH W219 (3 units)
In this course you will have the opportunity to practice a variety of skills related to survey research in its different forms, including traditional pencil-and-paper surveys, telephone interviews, and web surveys. Focusing on a project topic of your choice, you will develop a survey instrument in the first portion of the class, and then you will write a research plan to use that instrument in the second portion of the class. Start thinking about one of your favorite public health research areas, and let’s get started with your survey project!
Your Instructor: Jylana Sheats, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Sheats is a behavioral and public health researcher, educator, consultant, and community health advocate. Her research focuses on examining psychosocial, behavioral, environmental and social determinants of health behaviors to inform the development and testing of novel behavior change interventions.
PH W289 (3 units; on-campus/online format)
Learn multidisciplinary skills that improve your ability to lead projects and programs in public health. This course is a collection of topics organized around five content areas: new era video communication for public health advocacy; improving your negotiation abilities; nonprofit management and budgets; the ethics of our profession; and a systematic look at the tools and practices that lead to better solutions, each topic delivered by experts in these fields. This course includes on-campus and online learning. The on-campus component helps you build community with your peers, introduces you to Berkeley faculty, and orients you to UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health career services.
Your Instructor: Nap Hosang, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Dr. Hosang is an obstetrician and physician administrator who worked at Kaiser Permanente for 24 years, serving on the faculty at the Berkeley School of Public Health for over 25 years. He is director of the On-Campus/Online M.P.H. Program. His research interests include telemedicine for rural health care access and maternal and child health service delivery in developing countries.