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Epidemiology

Epidemiology studies disease causation, transmission, and prevention; specifically the distribution and etiologies of diseases in human populations. It also provides a technical base for design, analysis, and evaluation of the distribution of health-related resources to promote community health globally and locally.

  • Home to the UCLA/Fogarty International HIV/AIDS Training Program, the NCI-Cancer Training Program, and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Inter-school Training Program in Metabolic Diseases.
  • Department has active research programs in infectious diseases, cancer, lifecourse, molecular/genetic, environmental, occupational, neurodegenerative, aging, diabetes, nutrition, network, social disparities and psychiatric epidemiology, and epidemiologic methods.
  • Global Bio Lab with capacity to respond to world’s deadliest biological threats also offers cutting-edge training.
  • UCLA FSPH values diversity and inclusivity because it enriches our work, fosters community and promotes excellence. The Department of Epidemiology is committed to a collaborative and inclusive environment where students from diverse backgrounds are trained to thrive as leaders in epidemiology and public health and where students, staff, postdocs and faculty are cherished regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, first-generation college student, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Our programs celebrate the richness of our differences and commonalities, and provide opportunities and resources that encourage each individual to reach their fullest potential.

The Department of Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is committed to recruiting and training a community of diverse scholars from underrepresented minority groups and fostering a welcoming, inclusive and intellectually-enriching environment where all students, staff and faculty feel supported and can achieve their full potential.  Furthermore, we are dedicated to prioritizing our reach and understanding of diverse populations and communities in our research, scholarship and academic programs, and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of epidemiology.

Such students may originate from low-income families, whose socioeconomic challenges impede their access to well-resourced colleges and universities, or identify as a sexual or gender minority. Others identify with racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education, including those who identify as African American or Black; Asian: Filipino, Hmong, or Vietnamese; Hispanic or Latinx; Native American or Alaskan Native; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and two or more races, when one or more are from the preceding racial and ethnic categories in this list.

Promoting teaching excellence and addressing diversity in the classroom setting is integral to our initiatives as a department. It broadens and deepens the educational experience and scholarly environment for students and faculty alike. Our primary commitment to our students is to provide an all-encompassing educational experience that is based on the principles of equity and inclusion of all students; within the classroom environment, differences are acknowledged as contributions and individuals are respected for their beliefs and cultural practices. Below is a list of UCLA resources and services pertaining to student life and support both across campus and within the Fielding School.

STUDENT LIFE

  • The UCLA Community Programs Office serves as an umbrella department for the Student Initiated Outreach Center, Student Retention Center, and twenty-five student-initiated community service projects. The Office strives to increase students from underserved communities' access to higher education, retention in the university, and graduation rates while also serving as a conscious effort in the community, working toward the empowerment of all people.
  • The UCLA Office of Student Affairs is a network of more than 25 programs, services, and experiences that will connect with the life of every UCLA student.

CAMPUS-WIDE STUDENT SUPPORT

  • The UCLA Graduate Student Resource Center provides students with advice and assistance in dealing with the challenges of graduate school, as well as a number of workshops, programs and activities, including the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Graduate Welcome Day.
  • The UCLA LGBTQ Campus Resource Center has proudly been serving the UCLA community for 20 years and provides a comprehensive range of education and advocacy services supporting intersectional identity development as well as fostering unity, wellness, and an open, safe, and inclusive environment for UCLA’s LGBTQ community.
  • UCLA is home to more than 12,000 international students and scholars. The Dashew International Center serves the international community at UCLA as is the central hub for resources, support and advocacy for international students and scholars.
  • UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services. All registered UCLA students are eligible for same-day clinical consultation and help with referrals, linkage, treatment recommendations, and coordination of mental health care and support regardless of insurance plan or current residence. 

DEPARTMENT CENTERS

  • The Biobehavioral Assessment and Research Center (BARC) led by Dr. Pamina M. Gorbach promotes research on high impact science that the National Institute of Health (NIH) has identified as high-priority areas of public health research. With a team of multi-disciplinary investigators, BARC utilizes and develops innovative biobehavioral and technological approaches that integrate behavioral measures/markers into intervention studies, prevention trials, and clinical science. BARC also supports incorporation of clinical and basic biomarkers into behavioral research and prevention science.

  • The UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research & Health (C-LARAH) led by Dr. Matthew Mimiaga is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities, and committed to sharing our expertise in public health, including epidemiological methods, developing and testing biobehavioral interventions, education and research training, program design and analysis, health policy initiatives and implementation science. C-LARAH works directly with members of the LGBTQ community and draws upon expansive local and national relationships with state and local public health departments, academic researchers, healthcare providers, community-based organizations, consumer groups, advocacy foundations, and funding agencies.

STATEMENT ON ZERO TOLERANCE

The Department of Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is committed to maintaining an equal learning and working environment for all. University policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, service in the uniformed services, or the intersection of any of these factors. 

Discrimination, harassment, threats, assaults, vandalism, and destruction of property, as defined by University policy, will not be tolerated within the Fielding School community. Any incidents you may witness or experience on campus can be reported to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.     

Degrees in Epidemiology

Degree Program Summary
MPH - 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.

For admission and degree requirements, please visit UCLA Graduate Division.

How to Apply 

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

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.

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

The MPH Program in Epidemiology (1-Year)

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.

For admission and degree requirements, please visit UCLA Graduate Division.

How to Apply 

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

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.

 

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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MS At-a-Glance

MS in Epidemiology

The MS in Epidemiology is perfect for students intending to pursue a research career. It includes coursework in areas such as epidemiologic methods, biostatistics, data management, chronic diseases epidemiology, and global and infectious diseases epidemiology. In addition to coursework, the program includes either the preparation of a thesis, or a comprehensive examination and MS report.

For admission and degree requirements, please visit UCLA Graduate Division.

How to Apply 

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

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.

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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PhD At-a-Glance

PhD in Epidemiology

The PhD in Epidemiology is geared towards students who wish to pursue a career in teaching and/or research in universities or research organizations. Students follow an intensive curriculum in the area of methodology and biomedical sciences and usually minor in a mathematical, biologic, or social science.

For admission and degree requirements, please visit UCLA Graduate Division.

How to Apply 

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

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.

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.

| Department website | Full description