The MPH in Health Policy and Management 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.
Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management (one-year)
The program requires the completion of a minimum of 58 quarter-credit units.
1. 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
2. Core Course Requirements in Public Health
- PH 200A and B: Foundations in Public Health
- PH 401: Public Health as a Profession
3. Additional Course Requirements
- Elective Courses (4 courses/16 units)
4. 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 typically obtained after one year. The exact length of the program and the nature of the field placement, if any, depend on the student's background.
View a list of faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Management.Faculty
Examples of positions held by graduates include:
- Physician leader
- Hospital administrator
- Healthcare lawyer
- Healthcare researcher
Tuition and Fees
For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.
Please see the cost and aid section of our website 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.
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.
Visit the application guide to learn about our admissions process.Application Guide
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.
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.