Dual Degree

Graduate Program in Health Management

Graduate Program in Health Management

Dual Degree Program

Program Requirements: Internship

One of the key benefits of the MBA/MPH program is the ability for students to complete two internships. Some students use this opportunity to evaluate their fit with different areas of the healthcare industry, while others test drive potential employers in their chosen field of interest.

The strength of UC Berkeley's GPHM is its firm footing in both the business and public health arenas. The summer internships are an integral component of the MBA/MPH program. The curriculum provides the skills and a world view required to create the healthcare leaders of tomorrow. Successful completion of internships in their chosen area of interest has been key to student learning and in pursuing a successful career upon graduation.

Students in the MBA/MPH program have the opportunity to complete two internships, but may choose to do only one in order to meet the formal requirement of the School of Public Health. This internship is similar to the regular MBA or MPH internships, with the exception that the MBA/MPH career advisor visits the student and her or his manager to discuss the progress of the internship. The MBA/MPH career advisor works closely with students to identify their long-term career objectives, and to ensure that those are being met in the short term by the internship. The student is expected to write a final report about the internship.

Internship guidelines

The formal internship requirement may be completed during either the first or second summer. Students earn 3 units of academic credit for the internship.

While most internships take place in the Bay Area, opportunities are available throughout the US as well as internationally. Recent internship sites include:


  • Accenture
  • The Boston Consulting Group
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • McKinsey & Company
  • ZS Associates

Bio-pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics and technology

  • Abbott Vascular
  • Abbott Diabetes
  • Applied Biosystems
  • Boston Scientific
  • Genentech
  • Gilead
  • Johnson & Johnson, LifeScan
  • McKesson
  • Medtronic
  • Onyx Pharmaceuticals
  • Pfizer
  • Roche Molecular Diagnostics

Health plans, providers and services

  • Alta Bates-Summit Hospital
  • Aravind Eye Hospitals (India)
  • Blue Shield of California
  • California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS)
  • California Pacific Medical Center
  • Catholic Healthcare West
  • IMS Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Lifelong Medical Services
  • Northwestern Memorial Health System
  • San Francisco General Hospital
  • UCSF Medical Center

Public health organizations

  • Acumen Fund (Nairobi)
  • Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica (Mexico)
  • The International Finance Corporation
  • National Center for Drug Screening (Shanghai, China)
  • PATH
  • Population Services International (India)
  • Seva Foundation
  • World Health Organization (Geneva)
  • The World Bank

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Internship scholarships

A major challenge to placing students in community-based and international internships has been lack of funding at the sponsoring organization. Each summer, GPHM offers funding for up to two students at $5,000 each for internships in qualifying organizations. Qualifying organizations are domestic and international not-for-profit, non-governmental or quasi-governmental organizations with an established internship program and a history of no stipend (e.g., WHO, UNAIDS). It is preferred that the organization contribute some support to the student (compensation or in-kind). Funding is available only to students enrolled in the UC Berkeley MBA/MPH program.

Recent recipients of internship scholarships

  • Sameera Chilakapati, Ministry of Health, Hyderabad, India
  • Omair Azam, PATH, Seattle, WA
  • Leigh Fiske, Living Goods, San Francisco, CA
  • Neha Mehta, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
  • Jackie Tay, MBA/MPH 11, Embrace Global, Bangalore, India
  • Nirosha Wickremasinghe, MBA/MPH 10, PATH, Seattle and WHO, Geneva, Swizterland
  • Abhay Nihalani, MBA/MPH 10: Acumen Fund, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Parag Bhatt, MBA/MPH 09: Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai, India
  • Gabrielle Scheer, MBA/MPH 07: General Accountability Office, Washington DC
  • Jon Zifferblat, MBA/MPH 04: Chinese National Center for Drug Screening, Shanghai, China
  • Howard Tsay, MBA/MPH 06: Global Business Council on HIV/AIDS, Shanghai, China
  • Megan Kell, MBA/MPH 06 : Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology, Tanzania, and International Medical Group, Uganda
  • Katherine Coco, MBA/MPH 04: National Institute of Public Health (INSP), Mexico
  • Julie Earne, MBA/MPH 04: Population Services International, Delhi, India
  • Doris Chang, MBA/MPH 05: San Francisco General Hospital, US
  • Katherine Scott, MBA/MPH 06: Seva Foundation/Aravind Eye Hospitals, Madurai, India
  • Elena Portacolone, MBA/MPH 04: World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Eva Ros Guerrero, MBA/MPH 06: World Bank, Washington DC

In addition, the Haas for Students fund helps first-year Berkeley MBAs spend their summer working for a public or nonprofit organization while earning enough to pay basic living expenses. This fund is entirely student-run and is made possible by donations from the Haas community-- students, faculty and staff. MBA/MPH students are eligible if their internships meet the fund's criteria.

For information about School of Public Health career services or the MBA/MPH summer internship requirement, contact:

Kimberly MacPherson, MBA, MPH
MPH Program Director and Lecturer
Health Policy & Management
School of Public Health
University of California
247A University Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
(510) 642-9175
(510) 643-6981 FAX

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