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A Master of Public Health in the Department of Community Health Sciences will prepare you to engage in the planning, administration, and evaluation of public health programs and policies in the U.S. and abroad that have as their objective the maintenance and improvement of the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. The curriculum integrates basic and applied approaches to address public health problems in the community, using the key tools of assessment, planning, and evaluation. This is accomplished through coursework in areas such as health equity/health disparities, health education and promotion, reproductive and population health, global health, health across the life span, program development and evaluation and research methodology, as well as through a field placement in the United States or abroad, and a comprehensive exam. Many students participate in research with faculty and within the School’s research centers.
The program requires a minimum of 60 quarter-credit units of graduate and upper division coursework. Candidates with a prior doctoral degree or advanced preparation in a related field may waive certain requirements for the MPH degree, but only after formal consideration and approval by the Department's faculty.
Department Core Courses
Department Required Courses
Students are required to select one course from each of the three curricular areas of:
The MPH Cirricular Areas document (below) lists courses in each category.
Students are also required to take at least one additional course (4 units) within CHS. An additional course that includes elements of program planning or evaluation, similar to CHS 211 A&B, is strongly recommended for students in the second year of the program.
Students also take the following School of Public Health core courses:
At least 32 units must be taken in the Department. A maximum of 12 elective units from outside the Department may count towards the 60 graduate or upper-division units. Students have the option to focus their studies in areas such as social and behavioral sciences, health education/promotion, international health, child and family health, public health nutrition, health policy, disaster planning and relief, aging and life course, women’s health, and population health.
All students are required to complete a practical fieldwork experience, which requires a minimum of 400 hours in the field. Fieldwork takes place in a health agency or organization in the community, under the supervision of a qualified public health professional. Most students arrange to do their fieldwork experience in the summer between the two years of study, but other arrangements are possible.
MPH students must successfully pass the CHS Department’s Comprehensive Exam.
To view a typical sequence of classes for the MPH in Community Health Sciences, please consult the MPH Sample Course Plan document (below).
The MPH degree is normally obtained after 2 years of full-time study (six academic quarters), including the 400-hour field training experience.
For students in medical school, there is an accelerated option for completing the MPH. Please consult the following Accelerated MPH in CHS document (below) for more information.
In addition to meeting the University’s minimum requirements, prior work experience in community health or health education is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission.
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:
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.
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.
Graduates generally assume positions in the planning, administration, and evaluation of public health programs and policies in the U.S. and abroad that have as their objective the maintenance and improvement of the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
Faculty in the department of Community Health Sciences have backgrounds in public health, medicine and diverse disciplines within the social and behavioral sciences.
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For more information or questions, please contact Kathy Yi firstname.lastname@example.org 310.825.8314.
*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.
* 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.