The Global Health and Environment Program (GHE) is a unique, interdisciplinary, campus-wide Master of Science program to train students to undertake careers directed toward improving the lives of people in developing countries through understanding the environmental risk factors that affect their health and how to reduce the impact of these factors. In addition to studying traditional environmental risk factors, such as water and air pollution, students will learn about large-scale and emerging environmental risks, such as climate change.
GHE takes advantage of the wide diversity of teaching and research on the Berkeley campus by encouraging students to take courses across the range of disciplines that impinge on its main objective: improving health in the poorest societies and enhancing the sustainability of global development, poverty alleviation, public health, environmental protection and energy use systems.
GHE was established in 1999 under the name, Health, Environment, and Development (HED), but in 2008 was renamed to reflect its position within the growing arena of Global Health studies.
Dr. Kirk R. Smith
GHE Director (on sabbatical Fall 2013)
Dr. Michael Bates
Associate GHE Director (Acting Director Fall 2013)