About the Public Health Major

Public health seeks to improve human health through the development and application of knowledge that prevents disease, protects the public from harm, and promotes health throughout the state, the nation, and the world.

Under the public health major, undergraduates will develop and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines for the promotion and protection of the health of the human population, giving due consideration to principles of human rights and cultural perspectives that abound in our multicultural country and world.

About a Capped Major

Public Health is a capped major and unfortunately, every semester we have to turn away great candidates because of limited capacity. This is why we encourage all students to have a backup major. While we understand that the public health major is extremely desirable, other majors may suit your interests if you are unable to declare Public Health.

What Have Students Done with a Public Health Degree?

Depending on emphasis, the Bachelor of Arts degree in public health prepares students for graduate study in a variety of fields including public health, public policy, and nutrition. Students who choose to work after obtaining their BA are employed by government, private, and nonprofit organizations as survey workers, educators, and research project associates.

If you have any questions about the major or application process, please email us at sphug@berkeley.edu!