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