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Health Policy and Management

Health Policy and Management researchers develop new ideas, theories and practices that contribute to improving the population's health and the personal health of individuals by producing research findings, advancing the field of health services research and understanding and improving the performance of health institutions in the United States and globally.

Students examine the organization, financing and delivery of health services for careers in management, policy and research, studying:

  • Organizational management and performance, quality of care, and process improvement.
  • Insurance, payment and regulatory systems and public health programs.
  • Policy analysis and evaluation and health services research. 
  • Currently offering  MPH, PhD and MS degrees (not accepting DrPH applications at this time).
  • Faculty has expertise in health policy, organizational theory and behavior, management, economics and pharmacoeconomics, medicine, law, sociology, political science and statistics.

Degrees in Health Policy and Management

Degree Program Summary
MPH - Health Policy Track At-a-Glance

MPH in Health Policy and Management (Health Policy Track)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management provides students with the skills to contribute to advancing the health of populations by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of personal and other health services in private and public health organizations. Students choose either the health policy track, or the health management track.

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

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Completion of a practical fieldwork experience and written applied 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 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 work in a variety of policy and management healthcare settings. Examples of positions include consulting, project management, financial analysis in healthcare organizations, research positions and administration

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* 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

MPH in Health Services Organization (1-year, postdoctoral)

The one-year MPH degree is for students with prior doctoral-level training (MD, JD, PhD, or equivalent). This program allows students to build on their existing functional expertise by enhancing their skill set in the issues, skills and disciplines involved in the organization and analysis of health services.

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

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Completion of a practical fieldwork experience and written applied report

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 work experience in community health or health education 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 work in a variety of policy and management healthcare settings. Examples of positions include consulting, project management, financial analysis in healthcare organizations, research positions and administration.

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* 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 - Health Management Track At-a-Glance

MPH Program in Health Policy Management (Health Management Track)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management provides students with the skills to contribute to advancing the health of populations by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of personal and other health services in private and public health organizations. Students choose either the health policy track, or the health management track.

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

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Completion of a practical fieldwork experience and written applied 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 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 work in a variety of policy and management healthcare settings. Examples of positions include consulting, project management, financial analysis in healthcare organizations, research positions and administration.

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* 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 - Health Policy and Management Research At-a-Glance

MS in Health Policy and Management Research

The Master of Science in Health Policy and Management Research is a two-year program for students who want to pursue a research career in health-related fields such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, biostatistics, or epidemiology. In addition to foundation of courses on health services organization, financing and delivery, management and health behavior, students pursue rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including course work in research design, contemporary econometric methods, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

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

Additional Degree Requirements:

Masters Research Thesis Report, consisting of extensive written research in the major area of study

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 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:

This degree prepares students for doctoral education and research careers in fields such as health economics, quality of care, technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, demography, and political economy. 

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

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

MS in Health Policy and Management Research (1-Year, postdoctoral)

The Master of Science (MS) in Health Policy and Management Research can be completed in 1 year for students with a prior doctoral degree (MD, PhD, JD, DDS or equivalent). This degree is generally for students who want to pursue a research career in health-related fields such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, biostatistics, or epidemiology.

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

Additional Degree Requirements:

Masters Research Thesis Report, consisting of extensive written research in the major area of study

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 work experience in community health or health education is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission. 
  • A prior doctoral degree (MD, PhD, JD, DDS or equivalent) is also required.  

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:

This degree prepares students for doctoral education and research careers in fields such as health economics, quality of care, technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, demography, and political economy. 

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* 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 Health Policy and Management

The PhD in Health Policy and Management trains students to assume the highest level of professional responsibilities. The PhD is an academic research degree emphasizing the in-depth expertise necessary for a research career. It includes classroom instruction, non-credit seminars, independent study, research projects, academic apprenticeships, and interaction with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals within and outside the UCLA campus.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in the major and cognate/minor fields
  • Written qualifying examination
  • Proposal for the dissertation
  • Oral qualifying examination on the proposal for the dissertation (advancement to candidacy)

Typical time to complete degree:
4-5 years

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

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

  • A master’s degree in public health or other appropriate graduate degree in a related field with a grade-point average of at least 3.5 for graduate studies is recommended
  • 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:

Many graduates of the program pursue research and teaching careers in health care management and health policy analysis.

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* 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 Health Policy Management

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) is a school-wide degree and the highest professional degree for the public health generalist. Students focus on public health practice, leadership and acquire broad knowledge related to professional skills. The dissertation is of an applied, practical, problem-solving nature and must demonstrate ability for independent investigation.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work 
  • Written examinations in the major field 
  • Proposal for the dissertation and oral qualifying examination
  • Practicum
  • Dissertation 
  • Final oral examination

Typical time to complete degree:

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

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

  • The department recommends a master’s degree in public health or other appropriate graduate degree in a related field with a grade-point average of at least 3.5 for graduate studies. 

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:

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* 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