Master's Degree Plan II

Plan II requires a minimum of 36 units of graduate and upper division courses, of which 18 units must be graduate courses in the major field. Not more than 9 units of research (299 or equivalent) may be used to satisfy the 18-unit requirement. The M.P.H. degree requires more units (56) than the University minimum (36 units) for master’s degrees; see section 3 below.

No thesis is required. Students in the M.P.H. program complete a Practicum Placement as the Capstone/Culminating Experience and write a Final Report at the end of coursework, typically in the Spring Quarter of the first year.

Advancement to Candidacy

Every student must file an official application for Candidacy (Plan II) for the Master of Public Health Degree after completing one-half of their course requirements and at least one quarter before completing all degree requirements. Students are expected to Advance to Candidacy during Spring quarter of year one (3rd quarter). The “Candidacy for the Degree of Master” form can be found online at

Normative Time to Degree

The normative time for the M.P.H. degree is Summer Session II, Fall, Winter, Spring and an additional summer session or academic quarter. Part-time students or students enrolled as a UC Staff member can choose to complete the program in two years.

PELP, in Absentia, and Filing Fee Status

Information about PELP (Planned Educational Leave), In Absentia (reduced fees when researching out of state), and Filing Fee status can be found in the Graduate Student Guide:

Campus Resources

Graduate Student Association
253 South Silo
Phone: (530) 752-6108
Fax: (530) 752-5158
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00pm)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
219 North Hall
Phone: (530) 752-0871
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:45pm

Women's Resources and Research Center
First Floor, North Hall
Phone (530) 752-3372
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Sexual Harassment Resources

LGBTQIA+ Resource Center
Student Community Center, Suite 1400
Phone: (530) 752-2452

Services for International Students and Scholars
SISS International Center
463 California Ave, Suite 3140
Phone: (530) 752-5822

Aggie Food Connection
Phone: (530) 752-1011

Davis Pantry
Freeborn Hall Room 21 (Basement)
Phone: (530) 752-2612

Student Disability Center
160 South Silo
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm (Closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00pm)

UC Davis Career Resources

Grad Pathways
*provides professional development assistance for socialization/networking, writing and publishing, presentation skills, teaching and mentoring, leadership and management, scholarly integrity, career search, and health and wellness.

Intership and Career Center
*offers a wide range of career-related services to UC Davis students and alumni

Student Academic Success Center
*houses a number of centers and programs geared toward supporting various student communities including former foster youth, transfer, first generation, low income, undocumented students and other groups that are underrepresented in higher education.

Local and State Employment Resources

State of California Employment Development Department
State Personnel Board
UC Davis Employment Website
UC Davis Internship and Career Center

Local County Health Departments

Alameda County
Contra Costa County
Marin County
Napa County
San Mateo County
San Francisco County
Sacramento County
Solano County
Sonoma County
Yolo County

Community Clinics

Capitol Community Health Network
Communicare Health Services (Yolo County)
Community Medical Centers, Inc.
Department of Health and Human Services Clinic Services, Sacramento County
La Clinica (Clinics in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano Counties)
Medical Clinics in Solano County
UC Davis School of Medicine Student Run Clinics:

National Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Environmental Protection Agency
Health Resources and Services Administration
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
National Cancer Institute
National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institute of Health
National Institute on Aging
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
US Census Bureau
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Veterans Health Administration

Global Health Career Resources

U.S. Agency for International Development Global Health
World Health Organization
PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program

Organizations and Associations

American Public Health Association (APHA)
Association of Public Health Laboratories
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
California Public Health Association, Northern California (CPHA-N)
National Association of County & City Health Officials



The Chronicle of Higher Education
National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE)

Medical Centers
Shriners Hospitals
Sutter Health

Public Health Specific Job Resources

Internship & Fellowship Programs

Volunteer Opportunities in Public Health