Area of Emphasis: Global Health & Environment

Berkeley's unique Global Health and Environment emphasis offers an interdisciplinary educational experience (leading to either an MPH degree or an MS degree) designed to train the next generation of global health leaders with the skills necessary to partner with developing countries to achieve improvements in public health through environmental sustainability.

EHS students learn from distinguished Berkeley faculty the analytical and practical skills necessary -- in epidemiology, global environmental health, statistics, and risk analysis in a global context -- to protect the local, regional, and global environment while achieving sustainable development. EHS students who focus on global health and environment apply what they learn to address some of the most pressing and complicated environmental health challenges facing the global community.

EHS faculty include top global health scholars -- such as Profs. Kirk Smith, Michael Bates, Justin Remais -- who sustain long-term research programs in global environmental health at sites around the world. We have active research in China, India, Nepal, Ecuador, Senegal and Guatemala, to name just a few. Students can connect with global health leaders across campus, apply for research funding, and network with peers through Berkeley’s Center for Global Public Health.

Students can take advantage of our faculty’s many international collaborations and global research projects in order to gain valuable skills, including:

  • an understanding of the sources, pathways, exposures, health impacts, and control measures for global environmental pollutants -- including pesticides, air pollution, vector-borne diseases, greenhouse gases, waterborne infectious diseases, and industrial contaminants -- at the household, workplace, community, regional, and global levels;
  • an appreciation of the statistical and epidemiological techniques used to establish causal links between environmental contaminants and ill-health;
  • an ability to link environmental and health outcomes with population and economic development issues;
  • the capability to forge concise, analytically robust, and practical policy recommendations in a global environmental health context

Discover more about our Global Health and Environment MPH program and MS program, and learn how the two degree programs compare.

GHE students gain skills to partner with people in developing countries to achieve health, protect the environment, and pursue a sustainable development path.