At the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, we believe that everyone, everywhere, has the right to a healthy life. Your gift supports School of Public Health faculty and students in their work to confront the major health challenges of our generation, such as:
Improving the Health Care System
Health care reform in the United States is a subject of much national debate. The School has taken a lead in proposing solutions to make affordable, quality health care and coverage available to all. Innovative ideas from UC Berkeley have been incorporated into the national and state discussions and debates on health care reform.
Confronting Climate Change
Climate change is, at heart, a public health challenge—responsible for higher heat-related mortality rates, infectious diseases, water shortages, and potential natural disasters. The School is educating policymakers on the health benefits of stronger greenhouse gas controls, and is bringing together international experts to address the disproportionate effects of climate change in developing countries.
Nurturing Lifelong Health
One of the School's priorities is determining how to prevent chronic illnesses. From prenatal development to childhood obesity to the effects of aging, the School is engaged on a number of fronts in finding ways to improve your health throughout your lifetime.
Promoting Global Health
Our world is getting smaller, and the health of a single nation affects the health of all. Your gift has a large-scale impact, supporting the School of Public Health’s work for better health conditions and services in more than 25 countries throughout the world, including Brazil, China, Guatemala, India, Mexico, and Tanzania.
Eliminating Health Inequities
Studies have uncovered vast inequities in the disease rates and the quality of care received based on socioeconomic, cultural, racial, and linguistic differences. As California becomes increasingly ethnically diverse, the School is working vigorously to identify and help eradicate health disparities.
Building the Public Health Workforce
Demographic shifts mean that the U.S. population is becoming older on average, and increasingly diverse. More than ever, the public health workforce requires the skills of professionals from diverse backgrounds who are culturally competent and knowledgeable about how to design and deliver health services to the populations they serve. Support for students in the form of scholarships and fellowships, as well as experiential opportunities and career guidance, helps attract and retain the best students to Berkeley regardless of their financial means.