Undergraduate Courses

Our faculty has worked with instructors to include MCAH-related content and didactic materials in several undergraduate courses. A few courses are highlighted below. More information can be found on the Berkeley Academic Guide: https://guide.berkeley.edu/courses/pb_hlth/

PBHLTH 196, Section 7: Special Topics in Public Health - "Introduction to Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health"

Introduction to Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) is an introductory public health course that uses an interdisciplinary antiracist lens to explore the social and political factors that influence the health and well-being of individuals who identify as female, children, adolescents, and families. This course is open to ALL undergraduate students. Terms offered: Spring 2024, Spring 2023, Spring 2022. Visit the schedule of classes to learn more: https://classes.berkeley.edu/content/2024-spring-pbhlth-196-007-lec-007.

PBHLTH 101: A Sustainable World: Challenges and Opportunities

Students now attending Berkeley will confront an extremely different set of challenges than the current faculty experienced. Economic growth cannot continue exponentially in a finite world. Human activity and human numbers threaten the possibility of irreversible damage to the fragile biosphere on which all life depends. In this 3-unit interdisciplinary course, students will focus on finding creative solutions to the problems faced by their generation. Each week, experts will discuss problems and solutions concerning sustainability and climate change that they’re passionate about. Topics include energy consumption, food security, population growth and family planning, migration, climate change, policy, and governance. Terms offered: Spring 2024, Fall 2023, Spring 2023.

PBHLTH 150E: Introduction to Community Health and Human Development

This course will consist of a survey of the major social, cultural, and bio-behavioral patterns of health and well-being among individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities. The course also will address the design, implementation, and evaluation of leading social and behavioral interventions and social policies designed to improve community and population health. This course will satisfy one of the core requirements for the undergraduate major in public health. Terms offered: Spring 2024, Spring 2023, Spring 2022.

PBHLTH W108: Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment

The course will provide core knowledge and skills from several disciplines on how to improve women's health and well-being globally, and it will follow a life course framework. It aims to expand students’ understanding of the interconnected factors that influence women’s health and empowerment - including foundations of sexual and reproductive health, economic development, political frameworks and global reproductive rights, demographic and social changes, basic principles of empowerment theory, educational opportunities, and efforts to ensure gender equity. Terms offered: Spring 2024, Spring 2023, Spring 2022.

PBHLTH 181: Poverty and Population

Globally one million more births than deaths occur every 112 hours, 90% in the poorest countries. Between 1960 and 1980, considerable attention was focused on rapid population growth. Afterwards, the attention has faded and investment in family planning evaporated. Family size among some of the poorest women is increasing. This course seeks to provide an understanding of the relationships between population growth, poverty, women's autonomy, and
 health. It explores the political "fashions" underlying changing paradigms among demographers, and economists, and development specialists. Terms offered: Fall 2023, Fall 2022, Fall 2021.

A list of courses that include MCAH Foundational Content can be found at this link, along with a list of courses that cover Social Determinants of Health.