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DrPH in Environmental Health Sciences

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Program Description: 

* THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE DRPH PROGRAM. PLEASE CHECK THE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE FOR ITS STATUS IN THE FUTURE. *

Human health is profoundly shaped by our environment, and the goal of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences is to promote human health through a healthy environment.

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) is a schoolwide degree and the highest professional degree for the public health generalist. Students focus on public health practice and acquire broad knowledge related to professional skills. Students can pursue their passion by concentrating on any field of environmental health sciences, such as air quality; environmental biology; environmental chemistry; environmental health practice and policy; industrial hygiene; toxicology; or water quality. The dissertation is of an applied, practical, problem-solving nature and must demonstrate ability for independent investigation.

Program Requirements

The doctoral program encompasses the following major elements:

  • Course work in the major field and minor field
  • Written qualifying examinations, including proposal for the dissertation
  • Oral Qualifying Examination on the proposal for the dissertation (advancement to candidacy)
  • Dissertation
  • Oral defense of the dissertation

Course Requirements

Students select a course of study upon consultation with their Advisor and guidance committee.

Six full courses (four must be at the 200 or 400 level) in at least two Fielding School of Public Health departments other than Environmental Health Sciences are required for breadth. The major requires an additional area of concentration (the minor) which may be either inside or outside the school.

The Department also requires additional courses in the major field as recommended by the advisor and guidance committee and courses in a minor field outside the department as recommend by the minor advisor.

If the student holds a master’s degree in a field other than public health, they must have taken the equivalent of the MPH mandatory core courses or include them in the course of study after admission.

Required courses for DrPH students in EHS:

  • EHS 100: Introduction to Environmental Health OR
  • EHS C200A & C200B: Foundations of Environmental Health Sciences
  • EHS 296: Research Topics in EHS (taken each quarter in residence)
  • EHS 411: Environmental Health Sciences Seminar (taken one quarter per year for the first two years)
  • ENV 410A or 410C: Environmental Science & Engineering Workshop
  • One full course (4 units or more at the 100 or 200 level) in Epidemiology. Epidemiology 200A, 200B, and 200C; these courses may count towards the six courses required outside the department

Proficiency in biostatistics/statistics is also required.

Major Fields or Subdisciplines: Students may choose to concentrate on any field of environmental health sciences. Such areas of academic focus may include: air quality; environmental biology; environmental chemistry; environmental health practice and policy; industrial hygiene; toxicology; or water quality. Interdisciplinary research is also recommended.

Written Doctoral Qualifying Exam:

The aim of the Written Doctoral Qualifying Examination is to verify that the candidate has state-of-the-art knowledge about the general areas of the major field (intended research and its relationships to environmental health sciences and to public health). For DrPH students, this examination may also include questions on the minor field. The student must complete the minimum course requirements to the satisfaction of the Advisor and Guidance Committee before taking the Examination.

Oral Doctoral Qualifying Exam:

On successful completion of the written Qualifying Examination, the doctoral committee is named to administer the Oral Qualifying Examination. The exam focuses on the proposal for the dissertation. It also includes the following as appropriate: theory and background research relevant to the proposed research beyond that reviewed in the proposal; methodological and analytic considerations pertinent to the proposed research, irrespective of whether these issues have been covered in the proposal; and feasibility. The proposed research must make an original contribution to the field.

Dissertation

After passing the University Oral Qualifying Examination, students may be advanced to candidacy and commence work on a dissertation in the principal field of study. The doctoral committee supervises the progress toward completion of the dissertation.

Final Oral Examination (Defense of Dissertation):

A final oral examination is required of all candidates.

Time To Degree

The degree is normally completed in 4-6 years. The normal time from initial enrollment to advancement to candidacy is six to nine quarters (two to three calendar years); from advancement to candidacy to filing of dissertation, the normal time is six to nine quarters (two to three calendar years).

Admissions

Desired Qualifications

In addition to meeting the University’s minimum requirements, the department requires:

  • Completion of the MPH or a Master’s degree in an appropriately related field (if the master’s degree is in a field other than public health, applicants must have taken the equivalent of the MPH mandatory core courses or include them in the course of study after admission).
  • At least a 3.0 junior/senior undergraduate grade point average, at least a 3.5 GPA in graduate studies or demonstrated superiority in graduate, and at least a “B” in each of the mandatory core courses.

Admissions Process

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:

  1. Submit an on-line application and pay the application fee at SOPHAS,
  2. Submit an online application and pay the application fee at UCLA Graduate Admissions, and
  3. Mail required academic documents and test scores to SOPHAS and to UCLA's School of Public Health.

For complete application instructions and the list of required materials, review 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. 

Tuition and Fees

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.

Careers

Graduates of the department have pursued careers in both the private and public sectors as researchers, educators, managers, policymakers, and practitioners.

Faculty in this Department

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Helpful Links

Who to Contact for More Information

For more information or questions, please contact Rebecca Greenberg at rgreenberg@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.1619.

 

*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.

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* 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.