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Community Health Sciences

Community Health Sciences focuses on health status and its determinants for individuals within the context of social structure, community, health care systems, and family units. Of particular interest is how social and cultural factors, social programs, the health care system, and social policies influence health beliefs and perceptions, health behaviors and health status within populations, taking disparities into account. The curriculum integrates basic theories, research methods and programmatic strategies and applies them to real problems of human populations.

  • Faculty background is in public health, medicine, and diverse disciplines within the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Coursework covers health equity/health disparities, health education and promotion, reproductive and population health, global health, health across the life span, program development and evaluation, and research methodology.
  • Students gain experience through field placements in the United States and abroad.
  • Students participate in research with faculty and within the School's Research Centers.

Degrees in Community Health Sciences

Degree Program Summary
MPH At-a-Glance

MPH in Community Health Sciences

This program will prepare you to engage in the planning, administration, and evaluation of public health programs and policies in the U.S. and abroad. The curriculum integrates basic and applied approaches to address public health problems in the community, using the key tools of assessment, planning, and evaluation.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
60 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Completion of a practical fieldwork experience 
  • Passing grade on a written comprehensive examination

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters) * An accelerated program is available for students in medical school

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Prior work experience in community health or health education, which is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission

How to Apply 

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $23,109.74
New student, non-Resident: $35,810.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment, summer internship funding, and need-based aid.)  Please note that opportunities listed under 'Summer Internship Funding' are only applicable to MPH students.

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates generally assume positions in the planning, administration and evaluation of public health programs and policies, both in the United States and abroad

Who to contact for more information:

Jennifer O'Brien at jobrien@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.8314.

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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MS At-a-Glance

MS in Community Health Sciences

A research-oriented degree emphasizing community or psychosocial research within the general field of public health. Through coursework, learn about designing and conducting research in the community, program planning and evaluation, fundamentals of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and more.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
60 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

Master's Thesis OR Written Comprehensive Examination and a major written report

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Prior work experience in community health or health education, which is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission.

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $15,909.74
New student, Non-resident: $31,011.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

 

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates generally assume teaching, research, and managerial positions in universities, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, international health agencies, and research centers.

Who to contact for more information:

Jennifer O'Brien at jobrien@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.8314.

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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PhD At-a-Glance

PhD in Community Health Sciences

The PhD is an academic degree that prepares students for a career in which research predominates. The curriculum integrates basic and applied approaches to address public health problems in the community, using the key tools of assessment, planning, and evaluation.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in the major and minor fields
  • Written qualifying examinations
  • Proposal for the dissertation
  • Oral qualifying examination on the proposal for the dissertation (advancement to candidacy)
  • Dissertation
  • Oral defense of the dissertation

Typical time to complete degree:
6 years

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Masters degree in Public Health or an appropriately related field with a grade point average of at least 3.5 for graduate studies
  • Acceptance by an initial doctoral advisor in the department
  • Although not required for admission, work experience in the field is viewed favorably when competing applications are judged

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident $15,929.74
New student, Non-resident: $31,031.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates generally assume teaching, research, and managerial positions in universities, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, international health agencies, and research centers.

Who to contact for more information:

Jennifer O'Brien at jobrien@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.8314.

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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DrPH At-a-Glance

DrPH in Community Health Sciences

The DrPH is a schoolwide professional degree that prepares students for the highest level of practice in the Community Health Sciences. Training for the DrPH is multifaceted, encompassing the broad spectrum of expertise necessary for professional practice in the Community Health Sciences.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in the major and minor fields
  • Written CHS breadth exam
  • Proposal for the dissertation
  • Oral qualifying examination on the proposal for the dissertation (advancement to candidacy)
  • Dissertation
  • Oral defense of the dissertation

Typical time to complete degree:
6 years

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • A masters degree in public health or other appropriate degree in a related field with a grade-point average of at least 3.5 for graduate studies. 
  • An example of published or other written work, such as a term paper or other substantial academic writing, preferably with the applicant as the sole author. 
  • Acceptance by an initial doctoral advisor in the department. 
  • Although not required for admission, work experience in the field is viewed favorably when competing applications are judged.

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $23,129.74
New student, non-resident: $35,830.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates generally assume positions in the planning, administration and evaluation of public health programs and policies, both in the United States and abroad.

Who to contact for more information:

Jennifer O'Brien at jobrien@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.8314.

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

| Department website | Full description