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Maternal and Child Nutrition

During the last decade, the need for nutrition specialists in public health and maternal and child health programs has increased, along with the recognition that low birth weight, diabetes, and childhood overweight and obesity are important national health concerns. There is also an increasing demand for lactation specialists, as greater numbers of women choose to breast-feed their infants. In response, private and public health agencies have focused on improving the nutrition of mothers and children.

International Commercial Law

This master’s degree program provides in-depth knowledge in international commercial transactions and enables legal practitioners to represent clients more effectively in a global commercial environment. This part-time summer program typically takes two to five summer sessions to complete at the UC Davis School of Law and other locations abroad. Candidates begin the program by examining the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system, with special emphasis on business and trade law. Students complete the Orientation in U.S.A.

Human Development

This program emphasizes an interdisciplinary understanding of various aspects of human behavioral development and the contexts in which they take place across the lifespan. The program has a tripartite emphasis: to incorporate study of the biological, cognitive, and social-emotional developmental domains; to organize the study of human development across the lifespan from conception to death; and to emphasize the context within which human development takes place.


The program offers advanced study in the fields of United States; medieval, early modern, and modern Europe; China and Japan; Middle East and/or South Asia; Latin America; and Africa. Other areas of specialization include borderlands; critical theory; cross-cultural women’s and gender history; economic and labor history; empires; environmental history; ethnicity, race, and nationalism; law, culture, and society; mass, popular, and folk cultures; mobilities; religion and history; science, technology, and medicine; and Middle East, North African, and South Asian Studies.

Cultural Studies

Cultural studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of culture and society that highlights how sexuality, race, ability, citizenship, gender, nationality, class, and language organize embodied identities, social relations, and cultural objects. Drawing on faculty from a wide range of disciplines and intellectual interests, the program cuts across the humanities, social sciences, the law school, and agricultural and environmental studies.

Community Development

This program is designed to prepare students for careers in nonprofit and governmental organizations as administrators, designers, planners, researchers, and technicians. The program helps students link knowledge with cutting-edge practice so they can influence the social, economic, cultural, and political forces that affect the well-being of communities.


The program focuses on the social scientific study of human communication using quantitative research methods with a concentration in mediated communication and digital society. Students may specialize in such areas as mediated communication, information and communication technologies, and social interaction. Program coursework examines the production, distribution, processing, and impact of messages from a bottom-up and a top-down perspective in a multidisciplinary context.

Child Development

This interdisciplinary program provides an in-depth examination of human behavioral development from infancy through adolescence as a basis for developing new and applying existing knowledge. It provides an in-depth examination of cognitive, biological, and socio-emotional development from infancy through adolescence studied in multiple contexts.

Public Health (MPH)

The Public Health Sciences Graduate Group includes instruction in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, health services and administration, and social and behavioral science, and they prepare students for an expanding range of professional opportunities and roles in public health and medicine. The Master of Public Health Program is designed for people interested in disease prevention and community health.


The Psychology Department offers a graduate program oriented toward training qualified students to pursue careers in the areas of research and teaching. The Psychology Department at UC Davis does not offer training in the areas of clinical or counseling psychology. Resources and faculty personnel are concentrated in five areas: developmental; perception, cognition, and cognitive neuroscience; biological psychology; social-personality; and quantitative. The psychology department takes pride in the tradition of informality and supportiveness in student-faculty associations.