About Us

An effective public health system requires well-educated public health professionals.

The 2003 Institute of Medicine report "Who Will Keep the Public Healthy? Education Public Health Professional for the 21st Century" includes a call to train the public health workforce in the core public health skills.

Welcome to the California Pacific Public Health Training Center (CALPACT) at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. In an effort to address the growing need for a highly trained public health workforce capable of responding to current and future public health challenges, a collaborative partnership was formed by Public Health stakeholder institutions. This collaboration between the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, the Office of Public Health Studies at University of Hawai'i Manoa, the Department of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis, and the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Cal State University-Fresno is uniquely poised to expand and deepen the public health education and training of the health workforce in underserved rural and urban areas in Northern and Central California, Hawai'i, and the United States Associated Pacific Islands (USAPI). Each of the partner institutions offers significant strengths and brings a variety of perspectives to addressing the varied public health challenges in the super-region. Learn more about our partners here.

The California Pacific Public Health Training Center (CALPACT) is part of the National Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) Network and is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In addition, UC Berkeley was one of the five universities that comprised the Pacific Public Health Training Center (PPHTC), which is now a consortium.

What We Do

CALPACT seeks to significantly increase the competency, capacity, and performance of the public health workforce in the super-region through trainings and projects. These projects include supporting students currently studying to become public health professionals, partnering with local organizations working with underserved populations, and providing technical expertise to capacity-building projects of health organizations. By leveraging the core strengths and resources of our partner institutions and extensive community partnerships, CALPACT offers continuing education using various media platforms, reaches out to underserved communities, and takes a more inclusive approach to defining public health professionals.

A huge asset is the flexibility of CALPACT offering events, conferences and speaker series, as well as both web-based and face-to-face trainings to busy Public Health Professionals who want to continue their education or expand their knowledge. Please visit our events page and our courses page to learn more! 

While CALPACT will focus on themes that simultaneously demonstrate the core strengths of the partner schools, the overarching goals are to:

  • strengthen leadership competency and performance,
  • expand the use of emerging new media and communication tools, and
  • develop organizational capacity to more effectively address health issues of diverse and underserved populations.