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Description

Berkeley offers the only concurrent degree program in public health and journalism in the country. Students in the joint program between our school and Berkeley’s School of Public Health graduate with two Masters degrees—one in each discipline—and are uniquely equipped to report knowledgeably and skillfully on topics ranging from health care reform to the latest infectious disease threats.

Concurrent degree students choose a concentration in journalism (narrative writing, audio, or new media) and in public health (infectious diseases, environmental health, policy, or epidemiology). All concurrent students take “J200: Reporting the News,” during the fall of their first year. In the spring, they begin taking courses at the School of Public Health. During their second and third years, they combine coursework in both schools and complete a final project for each program.  For further details, please consult the program handbook.

Students don’t need to be enrolled in the concurrent program to take our classes on health and science reporting, including “The Drugs Wars” and “Reporting on Health and Medicine.” Students in these and other classes have reported on controversial therapies, hidden epidemics, disputes over toxic waste, and much more.  For more examples of student work, see Student Work, below, or check out #MJMPH on Twitter.

Questions? Email econis@berkeley.edu

Courses

Instructors

Chris Ballard

Lecturer

Marilyn Chase

Lecturer

Elena Conis

Permanent Faculty

Michael Pollan

Permanent Faculty

HEALTH

Student Work

DOCUMENTARY

Niema Jordan

Niema Jordan directed and produced the documentary film “Oasis” about a small clinic’s battle to serve patients with Hepatitis C. Jordan was also associate producer on the New York Times Op Doc “The Chosen Life.”

STORY

Alex Matthews

Alex Matthews dove into the battle for community health center funding for Capitol Weekly.

STORY

Brian Rinker

Brian Rinker reported on heroin addiction for Kaiser Health News.

STORY

Leah Rosenbaum

Leah Rosenbaum covered PTSD among Oakland firefighters for STAT News.

J-SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

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Application deadline: December 2nd at 8:59 pm PST
Application available September.

FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Summer Minor Program

FOR MID-CAREER JOURNALISTS

Workshops & Custom Training Programs