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Public Policy & Public Health


Students may pursue a concurrent degree program in Public Policy and Health Policy and Management, which requires approximately three years. The program combines the development of basic policy skills with an in-depth understanding of health policy in the public and private sectors. For further information, contact the GSPP Admissions Office at (510) 642-7888 or email: mppadm@berkeley.edu.

Program Requirements:

The Health and Public Policy Program leading to the MPP/MPH degree has five major components:

  1. One year of course work in GSPP.

    Required courses in public policy include: Introduction to Policy Analysis, Microeconomics, Politics of Organizations, Quantitative Methods, and Law and Public Policy
  2. One year of course work in the Graduate School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management).

    Required courses include: Introduction to Public Health, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Policy and Management, and specific course in each concentration
  3. Participation in the Fall Health and Public Policy Seminars
  4. Two three-month full-time internships in health policy
  5. An advanced health policy analysis.

Career Opportunities

Both the School of Public Health and GSPP assist students in career planning and in locating summer, six-month and permanent positions. For the six-month residency, program staff work with each student individually to match learning objectives and career interests with an appropriate residency placement.

Graduates of the program often receive multiple job offers. Numerous career opportunities are available to individuals with MPP/MPH degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Some graduates will assume research and policy analysis positions in federal and state governmental agencies, including staff to members of Congress, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Congressional Budget Office, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state health agencies. Some graduates are employed in research and consulting organizations, HMO’s, health care corporations, health advocacy groups, private foundations, and health care associations.

PDST Tuition Costs & Enrollment Requirements for the MPP-MPH Program

For students accepted into a concurrent degree, the Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) fee is assessed as follows for every semester:

  • For students accepted into the MPP/MPH concurrent degree, the Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) fee is assessed as follows for every semester: since both degree programs have a PDST, the student is assessed the higher of the two PDSTs. MPP/MPH students have been approved to complete their concurrent degree programs in minimum of five semesters (Fall and Spring semesters only, excludes summer sessions).

Apply to the MPP/MPH program.