Required Core and Breadth Courses

The 6 required core and breadth courses, taken in the first and second 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

– PHW200F: Intro to Environmental Health Science

– PHW200E: Health Policy and Management

– PHW142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics

– PHW250: Epidemiologic Methods

– PHW289: Interdisciplinary Seminar

Interdisciplinary Program Options

The Health Policy and Management concentration (HPM) is designed for a variety of professionals — from clinicians to managers to policy leaders — across a range of healthcare areas, such as systems, providers, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and health insurers within for-profit, nonprofit, public health, and government organizations. As a master’s student in the Health Policy and Management (HPM) concentration, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and partners to become a high-impact leader in the healthcare sector. You will enjoy experiences in and out of the classroom that challenge convention, set new trends, and help you grow as a healthcare leader.


- Strategic Management and the Health Sector
- Organizational Behavior and Management in Health Care
- Health Care Finance
- Advanced Health Policy
- Economics of Population Health
- Health Economics

The Global Health MPH focus 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.


- Foundations of Global Health
- Comparative Health Systems
- Global Health Ethics

Study Focus: Epidemiology, Infectious Disease, and Regulatory Science

The intersection of Epidemiology, Infectious Disease, and Regulatory Science 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, while regulatory science focuses on global standards of health practice, product regulation, and public health innovation.


- PHW250F: Epidemiologic Methods 2, Part 1
- PHW250G: Epidemiologic Methods 2, Part 2
- PHW253: Outbreak Investigations
- PHW260: Infectious Disease
- PHW236: Regulatory Science

The Community Health Science study track offers a combined study of populations, including historically marginalized groups, to include ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status, drawing upon epidemiological, anthropological and demographic research. This track encompasses the use of digital tools, mass communication, behavioral determinants of population health, exposure to evaluation tools, and real-world practice with survey methods in addressing population needs.


- PHW202: Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Health Status and Behavior
- PHW204: Mass Communication in Public Health
- PHW218: Evaluation of Health & Social Programs
- PHW219: Introduction to Survey Methods

The Data Science track 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, while working in their own areas of interest.

– PHW272A: Intro to GIS for Public Health

– PHW272B: GIS for Public Health Practice

– PHW272C: Applied Spatial Data for Public Health