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DrPH Degree Programs

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) is the highest professional degree for the public health generalist.

By focusing on public health practice and by acquiring broad knowledge related to professional skills, this degree 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. Some DrPH graduates also opt to pursue careers in academia.

The DrPH involves coursework in the major and minor fields, as well as a major original research effort – the dissertation.  The dissertation is of an applied, practical, problem-solving nature.

The DrPH is administered on a school-wide basis, with a specialization in a particular department.

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

Program Program Summary
Biostatistics At-a-Glance

DrPH in Biostatistics

The DrPH program is suited to those individuals who wish to apply various statistical methods to the solution of problems in the health sciences. This program provides substantial public health training, in addition to training in a large number of statistical methods that are of particular use in studying problems in public health. The nature of the DrPH dissertation is applied problem solving.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

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

Typical time to complete degree:
6 years

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

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

  • Mathematics and statistics preparation should include at least two years of calculus
  • Public Health preparation for the program must include the following courses (or equivalent) if master's degree is not in public Health:

- Behavioral Sciences and Health Education (Com Health Sci 100)

- Introduction to Environmental Health (Env Health Sci 100 or 101)

- Principles of Epidemiology (Epidemiology 100)

- Health Services Organization (Health Pol & Mgmt 100)

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:

Graduates from UCLA's Biostatistics programs are recruited by top-notch employers. Our students get jobs at excellent universities, companies, and government agencies. Many graduates stay in the Los Angeles area or elsewhere in California, but our graduates are recruited by employers across the United States and indeed around the world. Graduates often work in academia, government, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other private sector industries.

Who to contact for more information:

Roxy Naranjo at rlnaranjo@ph.ucla.edu or 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

DrPH in Community Health Sciences

The DrPH is a schoolwide professional degree that prepares students for the highest level of practice in the Community Health Sciences. Training for the DrPH is multifaceted, encompassing the broad spectrum of expertise necessary for professional practice in the Community Health Sciences.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in the major and minor fields
  • Written CHS breadth exam
  • Proposal for the dissertation
  • Oral qualifying examination on the proposal for the dissertation (advancement to candidacy)
  • 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)*:

  • A masters degree in public health or other appropriate degree in a related field with a grade-point average of at least 3.5 for graduate studies. 
  • An example of published or other written work, such as a term paper or other substantial academic writing, preferably with the applicant as the sole author. 
  • Acceptance by an initial doctoral advisor in the department. 
  • 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: $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:

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

DrPH in Environmental Health Sciences

The 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.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in the major and minor fields
  • 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

Typical time to complete degree:
4-6 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 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.

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:

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 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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Health Policy and Management 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.

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* The departments of CHS, EHS, EPI and HPM are NOT accepting DrPH applications for the Fall 2017.