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Epidemiology

Epidemiology studies disease causation, transmission, and prevention; specifically the distribution and etiologies of diseases in human populations. It also provides a technical base for design, analysis, and evaluation of the distribution of health-related resources to promote community health globally and locally.

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Degrees in Epidemiology

Degree Program Summary
MPH - 2-Year At-a-Glance

MPH in Epidemiology

The MPH in Epidemiology is a professional degree in the field of public health, where students obtain the broad training in public health and in epidemiology they need to contribute to improving population health upon graduation. This degree includes courses in environmental health, behavioral sciences, biostatistics, and health services.

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

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Passing grade on a written comprehensive examination
  • Report demonstrating competence in epidemiologic methodology 

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)*:

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:

An epidemiologist may work in a wide variety of settings, including international health agencies, state and local health departments, federal government agencies and health programs, health maintenance organizations, colleges and universities, and numerous research institutions, both privately and publicly sponsored.

Who to contact for more information:

Joy Miller at jdmiller@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.3901

* 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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MPH - 1-Year (postdoctoral) At-a-Glance

The MPH Program in Epidemiology (1-Year, postdoctoral)

The one-year MPH in Epidemiology is a professional degree in the field of public health for students with a prior US clinical doctorate degree. Students obtain broad training in public health as well as in epidemiology. This degree includes courses in environmental health, behavioral sciences, biostatistics, and health services. This program is also available to students enrolled in the MD/MPH program.

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

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Passing grade on a written comprehensive examination
  • Report demonstrating competence in epidemiologic methodology

Typical time to complete degree:
1 year

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

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

  • Prior US clinical doctorate degree or enrolled in the MD/MPH program

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
Fees for MD/MPH students will differ. Please consult the registrar for more information.

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:

An epidemiologist may work in a wide variety of settings, including international health agencies, state and local health departments, federal government agencies and health programs, health maintenance organizations, colleges and universities, and numerous research institutions, both privately and publicly sponsored.

Who to contact for more information:

Joy Miller at jdmiller@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.3901

* 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 Epidemiology

The MS in Epidemiology is perfect for students intending to pursue a research career. It includes coursework in areas such as epidemiologic methods, biostatistics, data management, chronic diseases epidemiology, and global and infectious diseases epidemiology. In addition to coursework, the program includes either the preparation of a thesis, or a comprehensive examination and MS report.

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

Additional Degree Requirements:

Master's Thesis OR Written Comprehensive Examination and an in-depth research 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)*:

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:

An epidemiologist may work in a wide variety of settings, including international health agencies, state and local health departments, federal government agencies and health programs, health maintenance organizations, colleges and universities, and numerous research institutions, both privately and publicly sponsored.

Who to contact for more information:

Joy Miller at jdmiller@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.3901

* 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 Epidemiology

The PhD in Epidemiology is geared towards students who wish to pursue a career in teaching and/or research in universities or research organizations. Students follow an intensive curriculum in the area of methodology and biomedical sciences and usually minor in a mathematical, biologic, or social science.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in Epidemiology and outside the Department of Epidemiology
  • Written and Oral qualifying examinations
  • Dissertation
  • Final oral examination

Typical time to complete degree:
6 years

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

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

  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); 
  • At least a 3.0 junior/senior grade-point average and at least a 3.5 grade-point average in graduate studies; and 
  • Approval by the department admissions committee, an academic adviser, and the department chair.

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:

An epidemiologist may work in a wide variety of settings, including international health agencies, state and local health departments, federal government agencies and health programs, health maintenance organizations, colleges and universities, and numerous research institutions, both privately and publicly sponsored.

Who to contact for more information:

Joy Miller at jdmiller@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.3901.

* 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 Epidemiology

Epidemiology focuses on the health problems in population groups. The scope of this exciting field ranges from the study of the causes of disease to the control of prevention of disease and the distribution of health resources.The DrPH in Epidemiology is a schoolwide degree intended mainly for students who wish to work in public health agencies as epidemiologists.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in Epidemiology and outside the Department of Epidemiology
  • Field Experience
  • Written  and oral qualifying examination
  • Proposal for the dissertation
  • 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)*:

  • 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 core mandatory MPH courses or include them in the course of study after admission
  • At least a 3.5 grade-point average in graduate studies
  • A combined GPA of no less than 3.56 in Epidem 200A, 200B, and 200C with no less than a 3.30 in a single course in the series

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:

An epidemiologist may work in a wide variety of settings, including international health agencies, state and local health departments, federal government agencies and health programs, health maintenance organizations, colleges and universities, and numerous research institutions, both privately and publicly sponsored.

Who to contact for more information:

Joy Miller at jdmiller@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.3901.

* 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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