Master of Science in Health Policy and Management


UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Health Policy and Management

The MS in Health Policy and Management is a two-year program for students who want to pursue a research career in health-related fields such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, biostatistics, or epidemiology. In addition to a foundation of courses on health services organization, financing and delivery, management, and health behavior, students receive rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including coursework in research design, contemporary econometric methods, epidemiology, and biostatistics.  These courses prepare graduates for doctoral education and research careers in fields such as health economics, quality of care, technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, demography, and political economy. 

The MS in Health Policy and Management can be completed in one year for students with a prior doctoral degree (MD, PhD, JD, DDS, or equivalent). This degree is generally for students who want to pursue a research career in health-related fields such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, biostatistics, or epidemiology. The degree prepares graduates for doctoral education and research careers in fields such as health economics, quality of care, technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, demography, and political economy.

  • Program Requirements

    The program includes a total of 16 courses (70 units).

    Required Courses:

    • HLT POL 200A Health Systems Organization and Financing, I
    • Biostatistics 201A: Applied Regression
    • Biostatistics 201B: Applied Regression
    • Epidemiology 100: Introduction to Epidemiology
    • HLT POL 225A Health Services Research Design
    • HLT POL 225B Health Services Research Design
    • HLT POL 237C Health Services Research Methodology
    • HLT POL 423 Practices of Evaluation in Health Services

    Additional Course Requirements

    • Elective Courses (8 courses/32 units)

    Students select 5 electives in the Department of Health Policy & Management. Elective courses are taken with the thesis / report objective in mind. Suggested elective courses for this degree include HLT POL 227A-B and Epidemiology 201A-B and courses in other disciplines such as Economics, History, or Political Science.

    Report

    The report consists of an extensive written research in the major area of study. Students are required to establish a three-member guidance committee which will supervise the preparation of the report and certify the successful completion of all degree requirements.

  • Time To Degree

    The MS degree is typically obtained after two years (six quarters of full-time study).

  • Department Faculty

    View a list of faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

    Faculty
  • Career Outcomes

    The degree prepares students for doctoral education and research careers in fields such as health economics, quality of care, technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, demography, and political economy. 

    Examples of positions held by graduates include:

    • Statistician
    • Research scientist
    • Industry or government 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.

    Cost & Aid
  • Admissions

    Desired Qualifications

    In addition to meeting the University‚Äôs minimum requirements, prior work experience in community health or health education is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission. 

    Admissions Process

    Visit the application guide to learn about our admissions process. 

    Application Guide
Please note:
  • 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.

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