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* THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE DRPH PROGRAM. PLEASE CHECK THE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE FOR ITS STATUS IN THE FUTURE. *
The DrPH is a 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. These areas of expertise include program planning, implementation and evaluation; applied research, including program evaluation; policy analysis; communication and behavior change; health promotion; assessment, monitoring and surveillance of health status. The curriculum integrates basic and applied approaches to address public health problems in the community, using the key tools of assessment, planning, and evaluation.
The doctoral program consists of a period of intense self-development under faculty guidance. Some of this development involves formal classroom activity, but a very large share of the learning takes place informally, in non-credit seminars, in self-study, in employment on research projects and as teaching assistants, and in seeking out opportunities for interaction with faculty and other professionals on the UCLA campus. Since each student has a unique background and plan for his or her future career, doctoral training is individualized, tailored to the interests and needs of the particular student.
Students who have not taken the following courses (or their equivalents) are required to do so: CHS 212; Biostatistics 100A, 100B, and 406. These courses do not count toward the minimum course requirements for the doctoral degree, and must be taken for a letter grade.
If the student does not have a masters degree in public health, the following courses are also required. These courses do not count toward the minimum course requirements for the doctoral degree, and must be taken for a letter grade.
The CHS Doctoral Handbook courses document (below) outlines recommended courses in methodology and statistics:
The typical sequence for the doctoral degree is two years of coursework, followed by preparation and completion of two written qualifying exams, preparation of a research proposal, oral qualifying exam (proposal defense), completion of a dissertation, and oral dissertation defense. Doctoral students are advanced to candidacy after they have passed their oral qualifying exam.
The typical time to degree for the DrPH is six years. The maximum amount of time permitted to obtain the degree is 8 years.
In addition to meeting the University’s minimum requirements, the department requires:
Applicants are only admitted in the Fall. Applicants who wish to be considered for all financial aid considerations should have their applications, letters, transcripts and official GRE scores here at the School of Public Health by December 1 of the year preceding the desired entrance year.
The application process has three steps. You must:
For complete application instructions and the list of required materials, review the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Admission Application Check List and Submission Instructions.
As we receive many more qualified applicants for the program than there are available spaces, meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission to the program.
Total new student mandatory fees for 2015-16 for residents are $23,129.74. For non-residents, total mandatory fees are $35,830.74. 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.
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.
Graduates of the program generally assume positions in the planning, administration and evaluation of public health programs and policies, both in the United States and abroad.
Graduates often enter careers in the following areas:
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*This information is intended as an overview, and should be used as a guide only. Requirements, course offerings and other elements may change, and this overview may not list all details of the program. For the most up-to-date information, please consult the registrar’s office.
* 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.