In a world facing a global health emergency, and with more predicted to come, there’s no better time to strive for global change than now.
And what’s a more relevant postgraduate degree for this than University of California, Berkeley’s (UC Berkeley)’s online Master’s in Public Health (MPH)?
It’s a programme which aims to reduce the inequity and injustice that affect the health and dignity of all people.
As an inclusive online programme, this is a goal and qualification everyone can achieve, no matter where they are in the world today.
What the new concentration is all about
From Fall 2020, students will be able to take on a concentration option in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
This latest offering by UC Berkeley underscores the top research institution’s best strengths: The world’s brightest minds as faculty members and the convenience of an online programme as the world faces a health pandemic.
Through this new concentration, you will be trained in disease occurrence and distribution analysis, computer implementation of analytic methods, and other investigative and statistical methods to evaluate risk factors associated with disease outcomes.
You’ll be digging further into the factors that affect global health and disease, aiming to advance and evaluate methods of disease prevention and helping to plan and evaluate the effectiveness of public health programmes.
While undergoing this specialisation, you will receive rigorous epidemiology methods and biostatistical training, while honing cutting edge data science skills.
This will be combined with additional courses in spatial data science, infectious diseases and outbreak investigation, global health or social epidemiology.
As epidemiology and biostatistics are quantitative sciences, new advances in UC Berkeley online teaching tools help you to interact with data in a way that has not been possible in a traditional lecture.
The concentration will prepare students with methodological expertise in selecting and formulating a research hypothesis, choosing an appropriate study design as well as obtaining or collecting epidemiologic data.
Step-by-step, you will collaborate with both investigators and statistical colleagues in the analysis of data from biomedical and public health studies, applying knowledge of summary evidence using a systematic review or meta-analysis.
Students can also opt for interdisciplinary programme add-ons, such as the Foundations of Global Health, Comparative Health Systems, Maternal and Child Health Nutrition, Applied Spatial Data for Public Health and Mass Communication in Public Health.
Leading figures as teachers
Students in this new online MPH concentration will be guided by world-renowned faculty members.
This includes Associate Professor in Residence in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Dr Sandra McCoy, who studies how social, economic, and cultural forces influence disease transmission and health outcomes.
The Division is led by Professor Arthur L Reingold who has worked for over forty years on the prevention and control of infectious diseases both at a national level, including eight years at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in other developing countries.
There is also Adjunct Professor Dr Veronica Miller, who is an expert in regulatory science. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications on HIV treatment strategies and regulatory strategies for HIV, HCV, HBV, CMV, liver diseases and rare diseases.
An online Master’s that’s highly-ranked and convenient
UC Berkeley is currently ranked joint 13th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 and came in fourth in the US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings.
By enroling in its online MPH, you’ll get to take advantage of its world-class research as well as gain a postgraduate curriculum that’s accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Though conducted online, you can still access instructors and teaching assistants anytime through the Student Hub channels or during their weekly scheduled office hours.
You’ll also be included in the unique UC Berkeley student culture by completing an annual on-campus visit during the summer, where you’ll spend 15 days on campus during Year 1 and Year 2.
“I began the programme in May 2017 and I enjoyed being able to meet other students and professors in-person during my first course,” she said.
“The agenda, guest speakers, networking activities, informational sessions, and group work during that week were a great welcome for me as a new student entering the programme.”