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Important Announcements

Important Dates and Deadlines: 

  • October 11, 2021, Phase I Enrollment begins
  • October 11, 2021, Indigenous Peoples’ Day 
  • October 18 - October 24, 2021, Comprehensive Exam Dates
  • October 21, 2021, Tuition and registration fees: Third installment of Fee Payment Plan due. 
  • October 23, 2021, Deadline to change grading options via CalCentral for Fall 2 and Full Term elective courses only. Subsequent changes require advisors approval.

Course Enrollment

New Courses for Spring 2022 

The following new course offerings are currently under final campus review. Approval is expected to be made by the Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCI) on Friday, October 15, 2021. Once approved, the enrollment numbers will be posted on the 2021-22 Program Calendar webpage

  • PHW222A - Biomedical Innovation Policy 
  • PHW206A - Nutrition Assessment 
  • PH290 Implementation Science - divided into two 1-unit courses (Spring 1 and Spring 2)

Group Advising Sessions Update

Thank you for attending the Group Advising Sessions the week of October 4th. The recordings and presentation slides will be available in the Student Hub>>Events. If you have any questions and/or concerns about enrollment, please contact your Program Manager.

Spring Enrollment for First Year Students (Summer 2021, Fall 2021 admits only)

In the first year of the OOMPH program, students must enroll in the required breadth courses for a total of 6 units per term. You will be able to enroll for Spring 2022 starting Monday, October 11, 2021 in CalCentral. Please check CalCentral for your specific appointment date and time: CalCentral > MyAcademics > Class Enrollment and select Spring 2022.


To register for courses:

Please login to your CalCentral portal to register for courses. Check out the step-by-step process of enrollment in classes via CalCentral. As a first-year student, please enroll in the following two courses during your Phase I appointment only:

Required 1st year courses: 

  • PHW142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4 units)
  • Enrollment # 23413
  • PHW200F: Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences (2 units)
  • Enrollment # 23412


Unit Limit: 6 (Do not exceed this limit)


For information, please visit the course catalog and course syllabi.*

Monthly Observances

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, organizations and university communities like UC Berkeley observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month to highlight the importance of early diagnosis, educate about treatment options, and raise research funds. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. Approximately 1 in 8 women develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.

Disabled Empowerment in Higher Education Month and National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is also disability awareness month. This year it is especially meaningful because it is the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Check this page to learn more about the new Disability Community Cultural Center and all the events that are planned related to disability awareness.


OOMPH Events

Interdisciplinary Virtual Drop-in Advising:

Every Wednesday from 9 AM - 10 AM (PST) and 5 PM - 6 PM (PDT)

The Virtual Drop-in Advising offers 1:1 advising on general degree requirement information, CalCentral issues, registration questions, share an update, check-in, or just say hi. No appointment is necessary. Hope to see you there! 

Zoom Link:

SPH Events

Get Involved! If you are interested in attending SPH virtual events, please visit the community events calendar.

Student Podcast

Threads of Impact - Student Podcast

A student run Podcast series from the School of Public Health, University of California - Berkeley

Episode Description:

We are excited to interview Dr. Seema Handu, who is the India Country Director at Pronto International. PRONTO International aims to optimize care during birth. They develop and implement innovative training strategies that result in significant improvements in both process and impact measures related to obstetric and neonatal emergency care. Seema shares her experience in working with Pronto and underscores the importance of investing in maternal health.

Investing in maternal health will not only help save mothers' lives, it will improve the lives of the generations to come. It will improve our world.


If you have any questions or feedback, please email us at

Together, let's explore the various dimensions of public health.

Link to Podcast


Study International: Innovate your way to public health leadership with an online MPH from UC Berkeley

Read the article here.

Dave Atkin MD was recently honored to be the 2021 recipient of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Humanitarian Award. Here is his story: 


When I accepted my award a few weeks ago. I did my best to parlay my "5 seconds of fame" at the Academy into a small step forward for diversity & inclusivity.



1. 93% of Orthopedists in the US are white males

2. 3% of Orthopedists in the US are white females

2. The 4% of Orthopedists in the US, who are of color, care for more than 

50% of the patients of color, 

and more than 70% of the non-English speaking patients in the US


Take a look at my acceptance video, when time permits


After the video, I gave an impassioned speech, as well. One poignant moment was when Dr. James A. Hill MD, an older African-American gentleman, who won the AAOS Diversity award came up to the podium simply said:


"I look forward to a day when these types of awards no longer need to exist…"

Gave me the chills.


I am trying to get this DEI message out, please feel free to share with the class or the broader Berkeley community, if you see fit.


With gratitude & respect,

Dave Atkin MD

Student Connections

Hello everyone, my name is Usha Jain and I am a dental hygienist working in a periodontal practice in South Bay and just joined the OOMPH program. This semester I am enrolled in Introductory Epidemiology and Health and Social Behavior. I am looking forward to connecting with fellow colleagues in the dental field, to share some experiences and gain insight about ideas of intersection of oral healthcare and public health. Looking forward to hearing from you. You can email me at:

*If you would like to include a Student Connection note in a future newsletter, please send your request to

Career & Practicum

Practicum Opportunities

BridgedHealth - Volunteer

Career & Practicum Events

Practicum Q & A Workshop: Tues. October 12, 5 PM - 6 PM (PDT)

Open to all students who HAVE NOT started the practicum

Virtual Power Hour: Mondays from 4 PM - 5 PM (PDT) w/ Kandis Rodgers and Thursdays from 4 PM - 5 PM (PDT) w/ Caitlin Green 

Deloitte Employer Info Session: Thursday, October 14 beginning at 4 PM PDT

Global Health Internships and Practicums Info Session: Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 3-4:30 PM (PDT)

  • Zoom Link:TBD