Asian American Community Health Certificate

This certificate introduces UC Berkeley students to the diversity, complexity and challenges in Asian American community health.  The Program serves as a foundation for further exploration of these issues in the fields of ethnic studies, public health, anthropology, business administration, digital health technology, social welfare, economics, and political science.  

Students will have an opportunity to interact with many guest speakers who are at the forefront of community health research, grassroots activism, and advocacy.  Research and field work opportunities will be available based on personal interest and community needs.  

This certificate is the first undergraduate certificate in Asian American community health in the United States.  It is the culmination of a unique academic-student-community partnership led by the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program, Asian American Pacific Islander Health Research Group, Asian American Research Center, and Pipeline in AANHPI Community Health

CAACH Course Requirements

The certificate will have four major components:

(1) One Asian American History course

(2) One Community Health course

(3) ASAMST 143B: Advancing Health Equity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities

(4) CAACH field study or research project (via AAPIHRG)

Find course requirements and their terms offered below. 

For more course options, please review our list of successfully petitioned courses.

ASAMST 143AC: Asian American Health [Fall 2024] (recommended)

PH 150E: Introduction to Community Health and Human Development [Spring 2024]*

*Public Health is an impacted major and PB HLTH 150E is a major requirement for Public Health majors. During Phase 1 and Phase 2, seats are reserved for Public Health majors and any remaining seats available will be released to non-Public Health majors in the adjustment period. There is no guarantee of enrollment for non-Public Health majors at this time. 

We recognize that both courses have limited capacity, and want to ensure that all students are able to complete the certificate program. If you do have challenges with enrollment, please see this list of successfully petitioned courses for alternatives.

  • View field study opportunities here.
    • Currently offered every Spring semester.
  • Research opportunities (via AAPIHRG) can be found here
    • Application typically opens during the Spring.

How to Enroll

You do not have to have completed any or all of the requirements before you submit the Declaration of Intent Form. Signing up is non-binding and lets us know who is interested in completing the certificate program, so that we can check-in with you and offer reserved seating when available. Students can apply anytime as the Certificate has a rolling deadline.

After you have completed the Certificate requirements, please submit the Completion of Certificate Form at least two weeks after you enroll in your final course requirement(s). Towards the end of the semester, you will need to send your transcript for verification once it is available. 

A certificate will be issued upon completion of all course requirements. Applications will be reviewed once final grades are submitted for each semester and certificates will be issued after the review and verification process. Please note, the Certificate will not appear on your transcript.

Where do our graduates go?

Our certificate graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of community health organizations, including FQHCs (Federally Qualified Health Centers), large health systems, and other public health organizations. Many of our alumni have also gone on to pursue post-graduate education through medical school (MD), counseling or mental health programs (MSW, MFT), or public health degrees (MPH, PhD).