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MPH Degree Programs

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree that will prepare you to solve public health problems by applying professional disciplinary approaches and methods in professional environments such as local, state or national public health agencies and health care organizations.  

The MPH is a Schoolwide degree, allowing you to gain broad training in public health, but you’ll also specialize in one department so that you can concurrently gain focused knowledge in a particular area. Students specialize in one of the School’s five departments: Biostatistics, Community Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences or Health Policy and Management.

The MPH is typically a two-year program, though there are accelerated options for students with particular qualifications, such as a clinical doctoral degree.  Additionally, our Executive MPH programs cater to professionals who want to earn an MPH while continuing to work full-time.

Below, you can learn more about the MPH with specialization in each of the School’s five departments.

Program Program Summary
Biostatistics At-a-Glance

MPH in Biostatistics

The MPH in Biostatistics offers exceptional opportunities to contribute to transforming public health by solving real-world problems. The program includes course work focused on biostatistical methods and programming and data management in the context of public health, as well as a core of courses spanning multiple disciplines of public health.

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

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Passing grade on the written comprehensive examination
  • Field Training (Biostatistics 402B, Biostatistics Consulting, will satisfy this requirement)

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters), but can be completed in less time by well-prepared students.

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

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

  • Mathematics preparation for the program should include at least one year of calculus

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 in Biostatistics emerge as statisticians who have additional training in medical and other health-science fields. As a result, they are candidates for employment as statisticians and as researchers in the fields of genetics and biology, bioinformatics, and medicine. Graduates often assume positions in academia, industry, government organizations or allied scientific disciplines.

Who to contact for more information:

Roxy Naranjo
310.267.2186

* 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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Community Health Sciences At-a-Glance

MPH in Community Health Sciences

This program will prepare you to engage in the planning, administration, and evaluation of public health programs and policies in the U.S. and abroad. The curriculum integrates basic and applied approaches to address public health problems in the community, using the key tools of assessment, planning, and evaluation.

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

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Completion of a practical fieldwork experience 
  • Passing grade on a written comprehensive examination

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters) * An accelerated program is available for students in medical school

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, which 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 generally assume positions in the planning, administration and evaluation of public health programs and policies, both in the United States and abroad

Who to contact for more information:

Jennifer O'Brien at jobrien@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.8314.

* 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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Environmental Health Sciences At-a-Glance

MPH in Environmental Health Sciences

The MPH in Environmental Health Sciences is a professional degree emphasizing public health applications, with a focus on public health practice and the acquisition of broad knowledge related to professional skills. Through coursework, a comprehensive exam and field training, the MPH equips students to be professionals with a broader understanding of the synergistic relationship between applied environmental and public health issues.

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

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Completion of a practical fieldwork experience and summary paper related to the work performed during the internship 

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)*:

Students should have a bachelor's (or master's) degree in public health, environmental health, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, environmental science, or a related field. Applicants with non-science majors who meet the following course work requirements will be considered for admission:

Course Work

  • 1 university-level course or equivalent in Calculus, Linear Algebra, or Statistics
  • 1 university-level course in Chemistry or equivalent
  • 1 university-level course in Biology or equivalent

Students who do not have the prerequisites at the time of application may take equivalent courses at UCLA in their first year.

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

Who to contact for more information:

Rebecca Greenberg at rgreenberg@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.1619

* 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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Epidemiology (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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Epidemiology (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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Health Policy and Management (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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Health Policy and Management (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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Health Policy and Management (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.

| Department website | Full description