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

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Program Description: 

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. In addition to a 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. These courses prepare them for doctoral education and research careers in fields such as health economics, quality of care, technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, demography, and political economy.

Program Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 58 quarter-credit units.

Required Courses (8 courses/38 units)

  • HLT POL 200A: Health Systems Organization & Financing I
  • HLT POL 200B: Health Systems Organization & Financing II
  • BIOSTATS 201A: Applied Regression
  • BIOSTATS 201B: Applied Regression
  • HLT POL 225A: Health Services Research Design (6 units)
  • HLT POL 225B: Health Services Research Design (6 units)
  • HLT POL 237C: Health Services Research Methodology (6 units)
  • Epidemiology 100: Principles of Epidemiology

Elective Courses (5 courses/20 units)

Students select 5 electives in the department of Health Policy & Management. Elective courses are taken with the thesis / report objective in mind. Suggested elective coursesfor this degree include HLT POL 227A-B and Epidemiology 201A-B and courses in other disciplines such as Economics, History, or Political Science.

Report

The report consists of an extensive written research in the major area of study. Students are required to establish a 3-member guidance committee which will supervise the preparation of the report and certify the successful completion of all degree requirements.

Typical Course Sequencing

To view a typical sequence of classes, please consult the MS in Health Policy and Management Research (1-year) document (below).

Time To Degree

The MS degree for those with a prior doctoral degree is normally obtained after 1 year.

Admissions

Desired Qualifications

In addition to meeting the University’s Minimum Requirements, prior research experience in health services is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission.

For the 1-year program, a prior doctoral degree (MD, PhD, JD, DDS or equivalent) is also required.

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 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.

Tuition and Fees

Total new student mandatory fees for 2015-16 for residents are $15,909.74. For new student non-residents, total mandatory fees are $31,011.74. 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

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.

Faculty in this Department

Faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Management have expertise in health policy, organizational theory and behavior, management, economics and pharmacoeconomics, medicine, law, sociology, political science and statistics.

For a list of faculty in this department, please click here.

To search all School of Public Health faculty members by name, department or area of expertise, click here.

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Who to Contact for More Information

For more information or questions, please contact Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

 

*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.