Global Health at UC Berkeley

Explore how global challenges such as poverty, gender, and climate change affect health worldwide

Located on the campus of UC Berkeley

Program Highlights

Investigate and solve global health challenges through hands-on projects including outbreak investigations
Explore how global challenges such as poverty, gender, and climate change affect health worldwide
Recognize historical and current major disease outbreak patterns and identify strategies for the prevention and control of disease
Learn from experts in the field to explore the variety of academic and career options within global health
Public Health Faculty

Residential Price: $4,998 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Commuter Price: $2,798 USD (+ supplemental fees)


Late June: June 20-July 2, 2021

Early July: July 4-July 16, 2021

Late July: July 18-July 30, 2021


University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA


  • I loved this program. It fueled my passion for medicine and opened my mind to the world of public health.

    Lam N.

Course Overview

Health is central to who we are and how we function. Consider how poverty, gender, climate change, and corporate environments affect health worldwide and how justice can enhance global health. Learn from leaders in the field to explore the variety of career and academic options available in the field of global health. Think deeper about the broader implications of health as a human right.

Previous excursions included the Alameda County Public Health Department. The Public Health Laboratory provides testing services for the identification of microorganisms that cause disease including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. These services aid in the prevention and control of communicable diseases.


Meet your instructor

Global Health Instructor

Dr. Enrique Valdespino, MD, MSc

Most recently, Dr. Valdespino has been recruited by Doctors Without Borders to provide medical care where it is most needed, and is awaiting mission placement. Dr. Valdespino graduated from Harvard Medical School with a Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery. Prior to Harvard, Enrique worked as a physician with Compañeros en Salud México (CES), a sister organization of Partners in Health, after he completed his medical training. At CES he worked as a Regional Supervisor to support primary care physicians in charge of rural clinics in non-accessible areas. In this role, he addressed challenges in regards to medical care delivery, clinic management, and community relations.

Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Consider health issues locally and globally and think critically about how to solve them using community resources and technology. Work to solve global health challenges by turning everyday materials into life-saving innovative devices. Then, put your skills to the test in a disease outbreak simulation where you will work against the clock to discover the cause of a rapidly spreading epidemic and stop it in its tracks.

Public Health - Hands-On

Career Exploration

During this global health program you will learn from professionals in the field about current approaches to promoting health, preventing disease, and helping communities in need around the world. Gain an understanding of how unequal patterns of resource distribution affects the health of populations globally and learn important steps required for the prevention and control of infectious diseases.

Public Health - real world insight

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