How can students from diverse majors such as engineering, architecture, or Middle Eastern studies find ways to contribute to public health? Where does a public health major fit into an increasingly technological world? And what can these students learn from each other to build a better future for all of us and discover more about themselves? With these questions and more in the minds of its co-creators and participants, the Fung Fellowship launched this fall on its own path of self-discovery.
A UC Berkeley student’s time as an undergraduate comes with endless possibilities. Students are often interested in many things…
For more than a decade, the graduating students at the School of Public Health have decided upon a class gift…
It’s 4:30 a.m. on a Wednesday in March, and students enrolled in Eat.Think.Design. are exploring Oakland’s wholesale produce market in Jack London Square. As the forklifts carry crates of fruits and vegetables and workers do their usual loading and unloading, the students take note of how the morning ritual flows and how it can be done better.
Every year, since 2010, Dr. Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, Dr. Susan Ivey, and a group of students have taken toothbrushes, toothpaste, and a big pink and white model of teeth to Central America, South America, and Asia. There, they teach communities about oral health. The Global Children’s Oral health and Nutrition Program was created to stem the epidemic rise in tooth decay in developing countries around the world. Sokal-Gutierrez, who more commonly goes by Dr. Karen, is an associate clinical professor, and Dr. Ivey is an associate adjunct professor. Both work with the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program.
Undergraduates make important contributions to the UC Berkeley School of Public Health community. Just ask Tony Soyka, who has served as the academic adviser for the Public Health Undergraduate Program (PHUP) since its inception in 2003. “I enjoy working with undergraduate students, especially with helping them to become responsible adults and leaders,” he says. “They bring energy, enthusiasm, and optimism.”
As a young teacher in Watts, Jonathan Malagon learned to lock down his classroom in case of trouble. There was plenty of it. Malagon sealed the doors when violence erupted on the grounds of Jordan High School or threatened to spill onto campus from neighboring streets.
As current students, we were drawn to Berkeley’s history of promoting social change and were motivated by Dean Shortell’s statement that the School of Public Health is “committed to eliminating the health inequities that exist due to social inequalities.”
When the current cohort of Center for Health Leadership (CHL) fellows decided to enter the blogosphere, CHL education director Ellie…