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Are you an undergraduate at UCLA? Are you interested in gaining a broader understanding of the public health field, the determinants of disease and the social factors that affect health?
Since 2003 the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has offered a Minor designed for students who wish to learn more about core public health functions, including the assessment and monitoring of the health of communities and populations at risk, to identify health problems and priorities, the formulation of public policies designed to solve identified local and national health problems and priorities, the assurance that all populations have access to appropriate and cost-effective care, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of that care.
This program offers an overview of the field along with introductory courses in each of the public health disciplines: Biostatistics, Community Health Sciences, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management and an elective course. All courses for the Minor must be taken in the Fielding School of Public Health for a letter grade, with a minimum grade of C in each course, and an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the Minor is indicated on your final UCLA transcript. Students begin the minor in the Fall quarter only. Applicants who apply after having completed all the required coursework for the minor can not be retroactively admitted to the minor.
The Fielding School of Public Health Minor is one of the most popular on campus. Each year the School recieves approximately 125 applications for the 25 available slots. Successful applicants come from the entire range of undergraduate degree programs. While the minimum GPA to apply is a 2.0, please note that average GPA for students in the minor during the 2011-12 academic year was 3.5.
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