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Pediatrics Oakland - Master in Public Health Track

The Pediatric Residency Training Program, Kaiser Permanente Oakland
University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

School of Public Health University of California, Berkeley

The Pediatric Residency Training Program at Kaiser Oakland offers a combined Pediatrics/Master of Public Health (Peds/MPH) track, in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. Residents complete similar pediatrics requirements in the first three years of training at Kaiser Permanente which provides the opportunity to work in an integrated health care delivery system, in addition to access to health policy electives. Kaiser Permanente also provides a wealth of longitudinal health data allowing an emphasis on research and scholarly activity support by the KP Division of Research and Pediatric faculty.

In the fourth year, Pediatric/MPH residents will complete an 11-month Interdisciplinary Master’s in Public Health program. Full salary support is provided at the PGY-4 level plus tuition support for the MPH degree.

The Kaiser East Bay Pediatric Residency/ MPH program is one of the few joint pediatric residency/public health degree programs in the country. This exceptional opportunity to receive formal public health education has enabled our residents to receive protected time in the 4th year to pursue community medicine, epidemiology and public policy projects amongst others as well as the opportunity to accelerate into a broad and exciting range of career paths.

Our Peds/MPH residents look forward to careers in:

  • Research in Clinical Epidemiology
  • Public Health Departments and Organizations
  • Public Health and Policy
  • Global and International Health
  • Clinical Practice with a Leadership/Public Health focus

Kaiser Peds/MPH program video

Please also see the UC Berkeley School of Public Health for more information.

How to Apply

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Code for this track: 10423320C1.

Applicants to this track will also be asked to complete a supplemental application including an essay outlining interest and goals related to the Peds/MPH track. The supplemental application should be submitted to by one week prior to the applicant’s scheduled interview date.

The Peds/MPH track at KP Oakland is directed by Lisa Turman, MD, MPH, Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency.

MPH Alumni Spotlight

Victoria Chu, MD, MPH

Dr. Chu, UC Berkeley MPH class of 2018 has a strong commitment to community medicine and improving health care delivery to the underserved by addressing preventable diseases. Her MPH year was transformational as she developed strong epidemiologic skills that allowed her to take a job after her MPH with the California Department of Public Health. She has subsequently joined the CDC’s Epidemiologic Investigation Service (EIS) program as a fellow and will be on the front lines of outbreaks and public health emergencies.

Nate Kralik, DO, UC Berkeley MPH class of 2023

Dr. Kralik has long been committed to queer and trans health and the wellbeing of adolescents. Complementing their MPH program focusing on health policy and public health advocacy, Nate served as co-chair to the AAP California Chapter 1 Advocacy Committee and completed a capstone project investigating comprehensive health and behavioral outcomes of sexual minority youth in Oakland. Following their combined pediatric MPH degree program, Nate continued their training at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for a fellowship in adolescent medicine, with plans for a career in medical education and advocacy.

Sefanit (Sofe) Mekuria, MD, MPH

Dr. Mekuria, UC Berkeley MPH class of 2015, has had valuable healthcare experiences both during and after her MPH year. During her MPH, she worked with Project Ankor providing pediatric care to Cambodian children in a low resource setting. After her MPH. she has worked as a Juvenile Hall Medical Provider for Contra Costa Health Services and she also serves as a Communicable Disease Medical Consultant and clinical care provider for school-based clinics in Contra Costa County.


If I am interested in the Peds/MPH track, do I need to apply to both the categorical pediatric residency and to the Peds/MPH track?

Peds/MPH applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to both the categorical pediatrics residency track and to the Peds/MPH track.

Is there a clinical component during the MPH year (the PGY-4 year)?

We believe it’s important for your future career to maintain your clinical skills during the PGY-4 year. There are opportunities to do clinical work at Kaiser, in the community and elective opportunities locally and abroad. Moonlighting may also be permitted. An individualized clinical schedule is crafted so as not to interfere with your MPH class-time and work.

Who mentors the Peds/MPH residents?

In addition to mentoring by the faculty and program directors in the Pediatric Residency Training Program, the Peds/MPH residents will meet with faculty at the School of Public Health and at the Kaiser Division of Research beginning in their intern year to establish mentorship tailored to their individual interests and needs.

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