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MPH in Health Policy and Management (1-year, postdoctoral)

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Program Description: 

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management (HPM) is a one-year program designed for individuals with a previous academic or professional doctoral-level degree who have already worked in health care for several years and wish to refine their health services skills and knowledge. Physicians, dentists, attorneys, social scientists, and other professionals enter this program to gain an understanding of the complexities and process of the health care system. This program provides individuals with a strong foundation in health services to complement and broaden their expertise in their functional area.

Program Requirements

The program requires the completion of a minimum of 58 quarter-credit units.

Required Courses in the Department of Health Policy and Management:

  • HLT POL 200B Health Systems Organization and Financing, II
  • HLT POL M236 Microeconomic Theory of the Health Sector
  • HLT POL 400 Internship and Consulting Report
  • HLT POL 403 Financial Accounting
  • HLT POL 439 Data Software for Public Health Professionals
  • Selective Course (choose one): HLT POL M422/423, HLT POL 215A, HLT POL M233, or HLT POL 441

Required Courses in the School of Public Health:

  • PUB HLT 200A: Foundations in Public Health
  • PUB HLT 200B: Foundations in Public Health

Additional Course Requirements

  • Elective Courses (4 courses/16 units)

Field Training

To supplement the classroom experience, students must complete a summer internship (10 weeks) with a health care organization. During the summer internship and in the fall quarter following, students prepare a written consulting report including a proposal, literature review, and policy implications. The consulting report will focus on an operational problem or decision identified during the summer placement. Health care settings may include hospitals, managed care organizations, medical groups, government agencies or departments, consulting firms, community organizations, advocacy agencies, or related health settings.

Time To Degree

The MPH in Health Policy and Management is normally obtained after 1 year. The exact length of the program and the nature of the field placement, if any, depend on the student's background.


Desired Qualifications

In addition to meeting the University’s minimum requirements, prior work experience in a hospital or clinical setting is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission.

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.

The program usually has many more qualified applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the above minimum requirements does not ensure admission.

Tuition and Fees

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.


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

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 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.

* 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.