Area of Emphasis: Global Health & Environment

Berkeley's unique Global Health and Environment (GHE) program offers an interdisciplinary, campus-wide educational experience designed to train the next generation of global health leaders with the skills necessary to assist developing countries in achieving improvements in public health through environmental sustainability.

EHS students learn from distinguished Berkeley faculty the analytical and practical skills necessary -- in epidemiology, statistics, demography, international development and environmental health policy -- to protect the local, regional, and global environment while achieving sustainable development. EHS students who focus on global health and environment are tackling 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 with interests in global health and environment can gain valuable skills, including:

  • an understanding of the sources, pathways, exposures, health impacts, and control measures for global environmental pollutants -- including environmentally mediated infectious diseases -- at the household, 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

Students will receive a master of science degree in Environmental Health Sciences through the GHE Program.

Further information is available on the Global Health and Environment (GHE) Program website.

The objective of the program is to help people in developing countries achieve health, reach a reasonable level of well-being, and stabilize populations