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Pride Month

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, which honors the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, which was a pivotal point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. While Pride was initially celebrated in the U.S. on only the last Sunday in June, the celebration soon spanned the entire month. Pride month festivities include everything from parades and parties, to symposia, to memorials for those who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. Check the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association's Global Pride Calendar for events near you, enjoy a month-long virtual film festival with PrideFLIX, and find LGBTQ+ resources curated by GenEq.

Important Announcements

Important Dates and Deadlines: 

  • June 16, 2021 (9:15 AM - 12:15 PM), Phase I enrollment for Fall (newly admitted Summer 2021 and Fall 2021
  • June 18, 2021, Deadline to change grading option for Summer 1 courses
  • July 4, 2021, Academic and Administrative Holiday
  • July 16, 2021, Enrollment begins for new graduate students 
  • July 16, 2021, Add Course, Drop Course, or Withdraw for Summer 2 (with refund).

Course Enrollment

Format change for PHW200F and PHW142 in Spring 2022

In Spring 2022, PHW200F (Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences) and PHW142 (Introduction to Probability and Statistics) will be 15-week courses. You will be taking both courses concurrently over the entire semester at a slower pace compared to your Spring and Summer courses. If you have questions about these courses or this format, please contact your faculty advisor

Enrolling in Over 6 units (Approval Needed)

As we approach summer 2 and fall, we would like to send a reminder on the policy around enrolling in more than 6 units. The goal is to make sure you will be academically successful, please review the following eligibility requirements: 

  1. You must complete 3 semesters of breadth courses and18 units in the program. This includes having resolved Incompletes in required breadth courses (W142, W250, W200E, W200F, W200G). 
  2. You must have a cumulative GPA of  3.3 or greater.
  3. You must receive approval from your faculty advisor. 

If you have questions and/or concerns, please contact your faculty advisor

Course Syllabi for Fall 

The course syllabi for fall is now posted in the Student Hub. This will give you a sense of the format from the previous year. The most updated version will be posted a few days prior to the start of fall classes.

Comprehensive Exam

Summer 2021 Comprehensive Exam: June 28th - July 5th

For information about the exam and exam eligibility, please visit the Comprehensive Exam Information Page accessed from the Student Hub. In July, Evan vanDommelen-Gonzalez, Faculty Lead and Academic Director,

will be reaching out to students taking the Fall 2021 Comprehensive Exam to begin the preparation process. We are excited for all of you as you reach this milestone towards the completion of your MPH!

Student Spotlight

The launch of the Health Equity Tracker!

Anh Chi Pham is a UX Designer @ Google and started OOMPH in Fall 2020. Chi worked with Morehouse School of Medicine / Satcher Health Leadership Institute to build a public health data dashboard: the Health Equity Tracker (HET). Chi provided some details about the project: HET is a public facing data platform, aiming to provide detailed view of health outcomes by race, gender, age, socioeconomic status and more- with the end goal to contextualize health inequities facing communities of color and to empower policymakers with the information they need to advance health equity in the US. Not only does it highlight where inequities exist, but also major data gaps that seriously hinder our ability to truly address the problems. Chi shared, “It was an amazing opportunity to work in this intersection between public health and tech, and I look forward to using my MPH studies at Berkeley to help me to continue to design thoughtful, impactful, and intersectional software in the health space!”

Employment Opportunities

Practicum Internships

Nutrition/Public Health Intern :: 15 - 20 hrs/wk :: Work with the clinical operations team to maintain a resource guide for SNAP benefits set-up in all 50 states, Work with dietitians and the clinical operations team to develop educational nutrition handouts, etc. For more information and to apply -

Kaiser Permanente Intern ::  10 hrs/wk :: Kaiser Permanente is searching for an intern who can manage multiple oncology projects. The intern will be working with multiple managers and doctors across multiple departments. This is a highly visible position. The intern will start in the summer and end in November or December. For more information and to apply -

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Learn tips and tricks to financing your degree.

For more information on scholarships and financial aid opportunities, please visit ASPPA>>Financing your degree website.


SPH Events

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

Weekly Job Search Community

  • If you've been thinking about jumpstarting your job search, or are seeking support from others who can relate, you're invited to our weekly Job Search Community. All questions welcome, no prep required. This space is for you! Join us for discussion, support, and accountability, in community.
  • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm PT (Berkeley time) -- Join via Zoom:

Save the Date: Epidemiology & Biostatistics Concentration Info Session

  • June 28, 2021 (5-6pm PDT)
  • Faculty Advisor Sandi McCoy and Program Manager Lucas Carlton will host an info session for students currently in the Epi/Biostat concentration and students who are interested in learning more about this program option.
  • Stay tuned for more details about the session.

Mental Health Resources

If you or someone you know needs help today, please call the UC Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (510) 642-9494 for 24/7 access to a counselor by phone.   

You may also contact any one of the following 24/7 suicide hotlines:

  1. Crisis Support Services of Alameda County, 800-309-2131
  2. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-TALK (8255)

For more information on suicide prevention, please visit this website.