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About the UC Berkeley online MPH Program

What distinguishes this MPH program from others?
Can online MPH students take on-campus courses?
Can I transfer from the Online MPH program to an On-Campus MPH program?
I have taken some of these courses elsewhere. Can I transfer those course credits to the Berkeley Online MPH?
Are students allowed to take more than 2 courses in any semester?
Can I skip a semester?
What’s the total length of the UC Berkeley Online MPH program
What’s the typical workload per week?
Is there anything unique about the application process for international students?
What is the process for international transcripts and translations?
What are the application cycles?
I reside in Maryland–can I apply?
What is the typical course load?
What are the admission rates for the Online MPH?
Do I need work experience?
Do employers perceive the online degree differently? Where does “online” show up in my record?
What tracks does the Online MPH offer?
What is the new Global Health Concentration?
Do I get campus visits to UC Berkeley?
What does the Online MPH practicum entail?
How does the comprehensive examination work?
What do my courses and curriculum look like?
What are the requirements to apply for the Online MPH program?
What are the GRE requirements?
Do I need to take a TOEFL test?

Tuition

What’s the cost for the Online MPH program?
Can I get financial aid or a scholarship?How?
Can I enroll in a tuition payment plan?
Can I receive employer-funded education?

Certificates

Starting Fall 2017 the UC Berkeley School of Public Health will offer three graduate certificates online. These certificates can be completed in one year or three online terms.

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About the UC Berkeley online MPH Program

What distinguishes this MPH program from others?

This hybrid program enables mid-career professionals to move forward in their careers while earning an MPH from a world-leading university. The uniqueness of this program lies in its flexibility, giving the student the opportunity to earn an MPH while keeping their professional journey and pursuing their career.

See what students have to say about this program here!

Can online MPH students take on-campus courses?

Yes, all online MPH students can take any residential MPH courses at no additional charge.

Can I transfer from the Online MPH program to an On-Campus MPH program ?

Transferring to the on-campus MPH is possible. However, an online student needs to apply and be accepted into the residential program of his/her interests first. Once admitted into an on-campus program the student will work with the divisional program manager on transferring credits to the residential program. Students must complete 1 semester in the online program before transferring to an on campus program.

I have taken some of these courses somewhere else, can I transfer those course credits to the Berkeley Online MPH program?

Currently, you’ll be able to transfer up to 4 semester units of course(s) that were not used towards any degree. The transfer course(s) will have to be reviewed and assessed by the program and also approved by the Graduate Division before approved. The review/approval process will only happen after you’ve been admitted and enrolled to the program.

Other criteria:

  • The student must have an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher from the previous university and earned at least a “B” in each course.
  • The student must have a current GPA of 3.3 or higher while at UC Berkeley, which means you cannot apply for transfer credits until after your first semester at UC Berkeley.

Are students allowed to take more than 2 courses in any semester?

The Berkeley Online MPH is a part time program so you will be taking 6 units or two classes back to back during each of the 7 semesters. It is structured so that you take one class at a time, so half of the semester you take and complete one course, and the second half you’ll complete the second course.

After completing all first year courses you may petition to take 1 additional course (total =3) per semester. To petition, the following criteria must be met:

  • Completion of all first year courses
  • B+ grade or higher in all but one first year UC Berkeley online MPH courses.
  • The enrollment limit is 3 courses per Semester starting your 4th semester
  • Students who take 3 courses in a semester and do not achieve a semester GPA average of B or higher, will not be permitted to take 3 courses per semester in any subsequent semester.First year: 3 – 6 units per semester. With 6 units considered a full load
    Second year: 3 – 9 units per semester. Once students are in their second year they can take a third course in any semesters

Can I skip a semester?

Yes, you might have some life changes that require your full attention for a period of time. If needed, you have the option to skip one semester up to one year before resuming your professional online MPH program. You can also pause the program all together for a period of up to 5 years.

What’s the total length of the UC Berkeley Online MPH program? 

Our Online MPH program is a 2 year and 1 semester long program (2.5 years). Some can finish in 2 years with approval by Academic Student Advisor.

What can I expect from Berkeley’s Online MPH program? What are classes like?

Our program is ~90% online and ~10% on-campus. Most of your coursework will be online and asynchronous but you will also have opportunities to access faculty/GSI’s in real-time remotely during office hours. Many courses are built around group activities that help foster a sense of community, even in an online setting.

What’s the typical workload per week?

On average a student is expected to spend 15-17 hours per week on his/her course work on top of their full-time professional work hours. Those hours include watching video lectures, doing problem sets, and engaging in group projects.

Is there anything unique about the application process for international students?

UC Berkeley welcomes all international students to the program. Before applying for the program, please ensure you’ll be able to attend the on-campus required visits.

What are the application cycles and the duration of the Online MPH Degree?

English translations are required for transcripts in all languages except Spanish. English versions must be issued by the degree-awarding institution or by a certified ATA translator. The ATA number must appear on the certification to be considered, and notary certification is not acceptable. Unfortunately, we do not accept third-party evaluations (i.e., WES).

In addition to the general requirements, you’ll need to upload the following documents as part of your application:

  • Transcripts in the original language and in English translation
  • Degree certificate(s) (with title awarded and conferral dates) in the original language and in English translation

What are the application cycles?

Our academic year has 3 application cycles (also referred to a semesters or terms).
Fall (early-August start), Spring (early-January start), and Summer terms (early-May start).
Here is more information: Application Timeline

I reside in Maryland–can I apply?

Due to a higher education regulation that was passed in Maryland, residents of Maryland are only allowed to enroll in online education programs that are on Maryland’s approved list. Unfortunately, UC Berkeley is not on the list of approved institutions.

With that said, though you are not able to enroll in our online program, you are more than welcome to apply to our on-campus/residential programs if it fits with your educational goals. Here is some information about our on-campus programs:

Areas of Study

Preparing to Apply

How to Apply

Application Requirements

What is the typical course load?

A semester is 14 weeks long and consists of two 7-8-week courses, totaling 6 units.

During the second year, you might choose to take 3 courses per semester which will increase your total active learning time per week, but will allow you to earn your MPH in 2 or fewer years.

What are the admission rates for the Online MPH program?

On average, we receive 100-150 applications every term and accept 30% of them.

Do I need work experience?

You must have a minimum of two years of post-baccalaureate work experience. It is possible to petition for an exemption based on exemplary work experience completed prior to earning a bachelor’s degree. Please contact us at online.mph@berkeley.edu for more information.

Do employers perceive the online degree differently? Where does “online” show up in my record?

Our graduates have not reported to us any negative attitude towards an online degree by employers. Many of our students are mid-career professionals who want to move forward in their careers while earning an MPH. The program is highly regarded and is much more practice-based than theoretical so that our students can apply their skills to the real world immediately. Also, when you’re applying for jobs, students list the degree as an “MPH” not an “online MPH”. Your diploma will only state “Master of Public Health”, the only place where “online” is displayed is on your transcript.

What tracks does the Online MPH offer?

For the Online MPH program, we currently offer three tracks:
Interdisciplinary, Health Policy & Management and Global Health (beginning summer 2018)

What is the new Global Health Concentration?

This newly added concentration offers and in depth review of some of the most important aspects in Global Health. Through three courses taught by global health faculty from UC Berkeley and UCSF Global Health Sciences, students gain a true trans-disciplinary perspective of how global challenges are being addressed in the field across public health and health sciences disciplines.

Do I get campus visits to UC Berkeley?

You’ll visit campus twice during the program: your first visit will be for 5-6 days in June of your first year as part of the Health Policy and Management Breadth course.

The second visit will be 10 days in June of your second year. This first visit is not an orientation, the program orientation will take place a few days before the actual start of the program.

PHW200E in your first summer and PHW289 in your second summer have mandatory on campus sessions.

On-campus visits include 8 hour days Monday through Saturday (no instruction on Sundays) full of learning activities. During your time on campus, you will attend guest lectures, participate in class discussions and work on team projects. While here you will meet with School of Public Health librarians and have access to Career Counseling/Leadership Development Services.

Our goal is to strengthen connections among online students and with SPH faculty through these popular on-campus visits.

More about Campus visit here: Campus Visit

What does the Online MPH practicum entail?

Students are required to complete a 110 hours practicum experience starting in semester 2 and completed by semester 6. Partial credit (up to 40 hours) is given to those who are already working in the field of public health. We do our best to support, guide, and provide contacts for students. It is set up to be a student-lead process where the student makes contacts and the field supervisor assists crafting a project that the student might do within that organization or agency.

The purpose of the field practicum is to provide a structured pathway for students to obtain practical experience within the field of public health and an opportunity to practice the skills they have acquired in the curriculum. The program encourages students to use this practicum requirement to broaden their exposure to working opportunities in the field of public health and to expand their network of professional contacts.

How does the comprehensive examination work?

The final comprehensive exam is administered during the last semester of the program. You’ll receive more information once you’re a student. It’s a comprehensive exam that tests your ability to apply what you’ve learned to real-world practice. This examination does not require a campus visit but will require a registered proctor.

3.5 hour proctored exam: 2 short essay Q’s, 20 multiple choice questions.

The UC Berkeley online MPH Program requires a comprehensive examination consisting of written components covering subject matter in the Online MPH degree curriculum.  The basic purpose of the examination is to demonstrate your ability to apply the knowledge acquired during the program to understand, assess and mitigate challenges to the public’s health. A significant component of the exam will be case-based.

What do my courses and curriculum look like?

There are 14 required courses (total 42 units).
14 required courses (a minimum of 42 semester units of coursework.

Degree Track First Year Second Year Final Semester
Interdisciplinary 1 Core

1 Elective

2 Core

4 Recommended

Electives
HPM 5 Core

1 HPM

(spring or summer)

6 HPM 1 HPM (fall start)

Electives

(2 for spring or summer;

1 for fall start)

Global Health 5 core

1 Global Health

6 Global Health 1 Global Health

electives

 

The general public cannot take UC Berkeley online MPH classes without being a matriculated student.

What are the requirements to apply for the Online MPH program?

Ensure that you have complete at least one college-level stat/epi course with at least a grade of B+ or equivalent BEFORE you apply. If you are currently in a statistics/epidemiology course this semester and are applying for the next semester, you can upload a transcript indicating your current enrollment and then it is up to the admissions reviewers to decide if that is satisfactory for admissions. The review committee wants to ensure that the candidate has a foundation in quantitative skills to successfully complete our biostatistics and Epidemiology core courses. Last keep in mind that the two years work requirement must be met by the time the student starts the program.

What are the GRE requirements?

GRE scores are valid until FIVE years after the test date; otherwise, you must retake them.

GRE scores are waived if:
A) You have completed an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral-level degree from an accredited institution when you apply. (chiropractic, dentistry, education (EdD), medicine, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, pharmacy and veterinary).

B) You are currently enrolled in or have completed a degree in medical, dental, optometry, business or law school. You will be required to submit your MCAT, DAT, OAT, GMAT or LSAT scores, respectively, in lieu of the GRE scores. Other professional school exams will not be eligible as alternatives to the GRE exam.

We don’t have a minimum requirement for the GRE but in general, anything above 50th percentile is considered competitive. However, the admissions committee reviews every application holistically so all aspects of your application will be considered when making decisions.

C) You have completed a MBBS degree and have passed Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE. In order to be eligible for the GRE waiver, copies of both official USMLE scores must be uploaded with your application.

Do I need to take a TOEFL?

It depends. Yes, All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East,  Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.

If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic coursework with grades of B or better in residence at a recognized U.S. institution, you do not need to take a standardized test. Instead, you must upload an unofficial transcript from the recognized U.S. institution.

To qualify for a TOEFL exemption you must:

  • Have a basic degree from a recognized institution in a country where the official language is English.
  • Have completed a basic or advanced degree at an institution, in the United States or abroad, where the language of instruction is English and the institution is accredited by one of the United States’ regional accrediting* agencies. (United States universities only)
  • Have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with a grade B or better at a regionally accredited* institution within the United States.

For purposes of admission, your most recent score must be at least 90 for the Internet-based test (IBT), and 570 for the paper-based format (PBT). Guidelines on demonstrating English language proficiency through the TOEFL or IELTS exams are outlined on the UC Berkeley Graduate Division’s policy on international applicants. Be sure to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam early to be considered for admission.

What’s the cost of for the Online MPH program? 

The current tuition for the program is $1,103 per credit unit, with a minimum requirement of 42 units. The total cost is approximately $49,000 for all students including campus fees. Fees and Financial Aid

Can I get financial aid or a scholarship? How?  

The UC Berkeley online MPH program is a self-supporting degree program (it receives no state funding), the options for financial aid are limited to:

  1. FAFSA (federal funding, available only to domestic students).
  2. External funding. FAFSA has its own eligibility which could be found here: https://fafsa.ed.gov/. External funding refers to scholarships or fellowships not affiliated with UC Berkeley that you can seek out and apply to.

Can I enroll in a tuition payment plan? 

Tuition payment plans can be made. However, these arrangements are made through Student Billing Services and not through the School of Public Health.

Can I receive employer-funded education? 

We encourage you to check with your current employer about Employer-funded or Employer-sponsored Education Plans. These are increasingly being offered as additional benefits in an employee compensation package. Many employers offer some level of professional development financial support. Employers who participate in these plans benefit from tax credits and deductions that come from funding employee education. It its worth checking with your HR.

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