Programs of Study

Curriculum Requirements

MPH Program

This MPH program provides a basic course of study in public health microbiology and infectious diseases. Persons with no prior experience in infectious diseases, but with a firm background in biology, can gain the basic education necessary to pursue careers in the public health, industrial, and clinical fields of infectious diseases. Persons with prior backgrounds in the infectious diseases area (i.e. medical technologists, clinical and public health microbiologists, nurses, physicians, etc.) can update and broaden their public health base.

The time required to complete the MPH degree is two years.

As part of general School of Public Health requirements, the following courses or accepted substitutes must be taken, or an exemption examination passed. Check your orientation packet for the list of acceptable substitutes. More advanced level substitutes are recommended when possible.

PH 200J,K, L-Public Health Core Breadth Course (2 units) (F & Spring)
PH 142 Probability and Statistics in Public Health and Biology (4 units) (F)
PH 250A Epidemiologic Methods (3 units) (Summer) (F)
PH 297 Public Health Field Study (3 units) (do work in summer but register for course fall semester)

Special curricular requirements for the Program in Infectious Diseases are as follows:

1. Core Requirements: PH 260A and PH 260B must be taken the first year. PH 260C is also generally taken in the first year. PH 264 must be taken in the fall of the 2nd year. Courses offer in alternate years are in bold:

PH 260A Principles of Infectious Disease, Part I (4 units) (F)
PH 260B Principles of Infectious Disease, Part II (4 units) (S)
Some lab training class
PH 264 Current Issues in Infectious Diseases (2 units) (F) [2nd year]

PH 263 Public Health Immunology (3 units) (F)

2. Advanced Courses: Two advanced courses are required for all MPH students. Courses are offered only on alternate years are in italics.

PH 260E Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (Fall even-numbered year)
PH 260F Infectious Disease Research in Developing Countries
PH 262 Molecular Basis of Bacterial Pathogenesis (3 units) (Spring)
PH 265 Molecular Parasitology (3 units) (Fall odd-numbered year)

PH 266A Food-borne Diseases (2 units) (Fall even-numbered year)

PH 266B Zoonotic Diseases (2 units) (Spring)

PH 275 Current Topics in Vaccinology (2 units) (Spring even-numbered year)

3. Seminars: All MPH students need to take PH 266C Hospital Associated Infections in Fall to meet theIDV Division Seminar requirement. Seminars offered by other Divisions if related to Infectious Diseases will be counted as IDV Division Seminar with the Division's prior approval.

Additional courses offered by the School of Public Health and by other departments on the Berkeley campus should be taken to supplement the above curriculum and to satisfy particular student educational objectives. Such courses could include epidemiology, biostatistics, molecular biology, immunology, public health policy, MBA electives for non MBA major and behavioral science.

PhD Program

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