The Summer Preparatory Seminar is a week-long program intended to prepare students for the transition to graduate-level studies and to life at Berkeley. The seminars focus on academic preparation, such as statistics and writing skills; introduction to key campus resources; and development of important skills such as leadership, conducting effective presentations, and managing stress. EDIT: The Summer and Fall Preparatory Seminars (also called DREAM Seminars) are two separate programs intended to prepare incoming Master of Public Health students for the transition to graduate-level studies and life at Berkeley. The seminars focus on academic preparation, introduction to key campus resources; and development of important skills such as leadership, time management and managing stress.
The program also helps create and foster a network for underrepresented students that will serve as a support system for them while in graduate studies at UC Berkeley and beyond. Summer Seminar takes place Monday – Thursday the week before school begins, and Fall Seminar takes place during a 2 hour time slot once a week during the Fall Semester (Fall Seminar). Both of these programs are open to MPH students. The majority of students who apply for the program are historically underrepresented in graduate school, educationally and financially disadvantaged, first-generation college students, or allies who are committed to serving those groups most affected by health injustice. The application for the DREAM Seminars is sent out in the summer to all incoming students who are attending UC Berkeley that subsequent Fall.