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MPH Degree Course Requirements

There are 6 required core and breadth courses for all students earning an MPH degree. These courses, taken primarily in the first year of the program, provide students with a foundation in the concepts and competencies relevant to addressing determinants of health, using both qualitative and data-driven approaches.

  • PHW200G: Health and Social Behavior (3 units, Fall)
  • PHW200F: Intro to Environmental Health Science (3 units, Spring)
  • PHW200E: Health Policy and Management (3 units, Summer 1)
  • PHW142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4 units, Spring)
  • PHW250: Epidemiologic Methods (3 units, Fall)
  • PHW289: Interdisciplinary Seminar (3 units, Summer 1)

Epidemiology & Biostatistics Course Requirements

Students in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Concentration study the factors that underlie health and disease in human populations, including the analysis of data to develop and evaluate strategies for disease prevention and control. In this online program, students will acquire proficiency in both epidemiology and biostatistics and will be able to immediately apply these skills to improve the effectiveness of public health programs. (Note: Given our growing program, course offerings are subject to change; the course catalog has the most up to date offerings).

  • PHW241R: Statistical Analysis of Categorical Data (4 units, Spring)
  • PHW250B: Epidemiologic Methods II (4 units, Fall)
  • PH251: R for Public Health (2 units, Fall)
  • PH290: Introduction to Data Management and Programming in SAS for Public Health (2 units, Spring)
  • PHW219: Introduction to Survey Methods (3 units, Spring 1)
  • PH252: Epidemiological Analysis (NotePHW250B and PHW241R must be completed prior to enrollment, PH290: R for Public Health is highly recommended) (4 units, Fall)
  • PH252C: Intervention Trial Design (2 units, Spring 2022 and Fall 2022)
  • PHW272C: Applied Spatial Data Analysis for Public Health (3 units, Spring 2)
  • PH290: Implementation Science (2 units, New full-semester course with planned launch in Spring 2022)

Elective Options

To complete the 42 units required for the MPH degree, students in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Concentration select 2-3 elective courses, depending on how many units are needed. Electives are any non-required courses within the OOMPH program (including the “Additional Courses in Epidemiology & Biostatistics” above and beyond the required 2 selections); you can select electives to match your interest and schedule. Below is a sampling of electives that are often popular with Epidemiology and Biostatistics students grouped by areas of interest, but the full list of course offerings can be found on the Course Catalog page.

Interested in infectious disease epidemiology and control?

The intersection of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease involves the study of factors that determine the distribution of health and disease in human populations. The infectious disease curriculum is designed to emphasize the biology and molecular biology of host-pathogen interactions. The epidemiology curriculum is focused on evidence-based methods of infectious disease control, including public health preparedness.

  • PHW260: Infectious Diseases (3 units, Fall 1)
  • PHW253: Outbreak Investigations (3 units, Fall 2)
  • PHW257: Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management (3 units, Summer 1)

Interested in improving healthcare outcomes globally?

Global Health offers students from different levels of public health background an opportunity to apply fundamental principles toward improving population health at a global level. Through diverse courses taught by global health faculty from UC Berkeley and UCSF Global Health Sciences, students gain a trans-disciplinary perspective of how global challenges are being addressed in the field across public health and health science disciplines. Students will be trained on how to integrate new knowledge with their professional and personal experiences.

  • PHW212: Foundations of Global Health (3 units, Fall 1)
  • PHW209: Comparative Health Systems (3 units, Spring 1)
  • PHW213: Global Health Ethics (3 units, Fall 2)

Interested in how spatial data can inform healthcare decisions?

Spatial Data Science for Public Health immerses students in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which is becoming increasingly central to public health practice, methods, and techniques. As locational information is aligned with health data, public health practitioners increasingly rely on geo-data to increase impact. Students in this track will be empowered to process, manipulate, and visual-spatial data.

  • PHW272A: Intro to GIS for Public Health (3 units, Spring 1)
  • PHW277: GIS for Public Health Practice (3 units, Spring 2)
  • PHW272C: Applied Spatial Data for Public Health (3 units, Spring 2)

Interested in public health programs to improve healthcare outcomes?

Community Health Sciences offers a combined study of populations, including historically marginalized groups, to include ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status, drawing upon epidemiological, anthropological, and demographic research. These courses encompasses the use of program planning tools, behavioral determinants of population health, exposure to evaluation methods, and real-world practice with survey methods in addressing population needs.

  • PHW205: Program Planning and Development (3 units, Summer 2)
  • PHW218: Evaluation of Health & Social Programs (3 units, Spring 2)
  • PHW219: Social and Behavioral Research: Introduction to Survey Methods (3 units, Spring 1)

Interested in drug safety, market access, and the cost of prescription drugs?

Regulatory Science concerns the development and use of tools, standards, and approaches to more efficiently develop products and to more effectively evaluate produce safety, efficacy, and quality with the overarching objective of improving global health. With the increasing role of regulatory agencies as knowledge stewards and brokers (data sets), comes the expansion of the regulatory mission from solely protection to the protection and promotion of the health of the public.

  • PHW209: Comparative Health Systems (3 units, Spring 1)
  • PHW236A: Regulatory Science, Drug Discovery and Public Health (3 units, Fall 2)
  • PHW226F: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (1 unit, Spring 1)