Core Dual Degree Requirements

Students in the Dual Degree program are expected to complete the following:

  • Core requirements for Stanford School of Medicine Scholarly Concentration in Community Health
  • A total of at least 42 units of UC Berkeley-approved coursework to fulfill both MPH breadth requirements and concentration requirements for the Interdisciplinary Program
  • A culminating research project with advising from faculty at both institutions

Stanford School of Medicine Coursework: Scholarly Concentration in Community Health

Stanford’s Scholarly Concentration in Community Health (SCCH) offers medical students an opportunity to focus their studies while at the School of Medicine. Students in this concentration take part in service-learning seminars, lecture series, and workshops in the areas of healthcare for the underserved, physician social responsibility, community health interventions and community-responsive research. Through the concentration, students develop relationships with community partner organizations that form the foundation for their research projects.

The Concentration offers both four- and five-year tracks for medical students. The Dual Degree Program is one route through the “Original Research,” or five-year Concentration Track.

UC Berkeley School of Public Health Coursework: Interdiscplinary MPH Program

The University of California at Berkeley (UCB) offers premier training through its Master of Public Health (MPH) program. The program is an 11-month program from July through May, with courses taken in three consecutive semesters beginning in the summer semester.
The MPH program comprises both breadth (core understanding of fundamental areas of knowledge in public health) and depth (areas of professional specialization) components. The purpose of this degree is to acquire a broad understanding of the core areas of public health and its related disciplines with particular emphasis in a selected field of study and to integrate and apply this knowledge in addressing public health problems.

Unit Requirement

The one-year Interdisciplinary M.P.H. program is designed to meet the needs of mid-career professionals. The program is an intensive, full-time course of study requiring 42-units of course credit for the MPH degree. Students should seriously consider attending the 6-week summer session beginning July 1st to complete units toward the degree. The 42 units break down as follows: 

  • At least 15 units of coursework in the fall semester*
  • At least 15 units of course work in the spring semester*. 
  • The completion of a year-long Community-based Research Project with a public health agency, organization, or research group.  This year-long project provides 5 units of course credit spread out over two semesters.
  • The completion of a summer epidemiology course (July-August) prior to the fall semester, (3 units), and /or completion of a summer biostatistics class (5 units)
  • Students may also receive credit for graduate level coursework completed at an accredited university (maximum 3 units).   The grade received for the transferred course credit must be at least a 3.3, (B+). 


*Students unable to enroll for the summer session will be required to take additional courses in the fall and spring semesters to satisfy the 42 units required for graduation.

Required Coursework for All MPH Students

To assure that MPH students acquire a common breadth of knowledge in the basic public health content areas, the School of Public Health requires all students to complete the coursework outlined below. While PH 200C and PH 200D are required courses for all MPH students, the statistics and epidemiology requirements can be fulfilled by taking PH 142A and PH 250A, taking more advanced courses in these disciplines, or taking placement exams at the beginning of fall semester (thereby leaving more time for elective coursework).

  • PH 200C: Breadth Course (2 units)
    This course provides a broad overview of the field of public health and a basic understanding of the contributions of the environmental, behavioral, and management sciences to the practice of public health.  Required for all MPH students.
  • PH 200D Integrative Breadth Course (2 units)
    This course is designed to assist students in integrating the knowledge and skills they have acquired through a problem-based model, including the discussion and analysis of specific public health issues.  Required for all MPH students.
  • PH 142A Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4 units)
    This course addresses the concepts, methods and use of statistical data analysis and inference of health-related surveys and experiments. Placement exam offered fall semester, and more advanced alternatives (including PH 245: Introduction to Multivariate Statistics) are available.
  • PH 250A Epidemiologic Methods (3 units)
    This course is designed to provide students with practical understanding and specific skills in the principles and methods of epidemiology, including population level measures of disease burden; analytic study designs and their features, challenges in data collection and analysis related to bias, confounding, and effect modification; causal inference; and screening. Placement exam offered fall semester, and more advanced alternatives (including PH 250B: Epidemiologic Methods II) are available.


Additional Coursework Requirement for the Interdisciplinary Program

In addition to the core MPH requirements, the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health requires that all MPH students complete requirements for an Area of Concentration.  One-year MPH programs are offered in several Areas of Concentration (including Interdisciplinary, Maternal & Child Health, Public Health Nutrition, and Epidemiology), but all students in the Dual Degree Program are expected to enroll in the Interdisciplinary MPH program, which requires the completion of one additional year-long course:

  • PH 292: Interdisciplinary Seminar (2 units fall; 4 units spring). For more information, see Insider’s Guide to the Stanford/Berkeley Dual Degree Program: Courses

Research Project

Each student in the Dual Degree program will undertake a research project with support from faculty advisors at both institutions. This research fulfills the project requirement for the Concentration in Community Health at Stanford, as well as the Public Health Practice and Comprehensive Examination requirements at UC Berkeley.

For more information, see Insider’s Guide to the Stanford/Berkeley Dual Degree Program: Masters Projects

Specialty Areas

Motivated students may elect to complete a Specialty Area in addition to their Area of Concentration course requirements, though doing so as part of a one-year program will leave very little time for elective coursework in other areas.  These Specialty Areas require additional coursework and confer certificates at the completion of the program:

  • Aging
  • International Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Multicultural Health