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Degree Programs

Your public health journey begins by exploring the types of degree programs offered by the Fielding School of Public Health. We offer two types of degree programs: Professional Degrees and Academic Degrees. These degrees are offered in conjunction with the School’s five departments: Biostatistics, Community Health Sciences, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management.

Professional Degrees

Professional degree programs at the Fielding School of Public Health includes the Master of Public Health (MPH).

These degree programs emphasize solving public health problems by applying professional disciplinary approaches and methods in a professional environment. These degree programs offer broad training in public health, while at the same time allowing students to specialize a portion of their studies in one of the School’s five departments.

Professional degrees are administered on a school-wide basis, and students specialize in a particular department.

The Fielding School of Public Health also offers 7 concurrent and 2 articulated degrees whereby sttudents can combine an MPH with an MD, JD, MBA, MSW, MPP or MURP, or with MA programs in African, Asian American or Latin American studies.  More information can be found here.

Academic Degrees

Academic degree programs at the Fielding School of Public Health are the Master of Science (MS) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  

Academic degrees are research-oriented, with an emphasis on gaining an understanding of theoretical issues and the application of disciplinary methods to the study of public health problems. Students often apply the skills gained in these programs in settings such as academic institutions, industry or government research initiatives and research institutes.

Academic degrees are offered and administered by each individual department. Students must choose a department to specialize in regardless of the degree selected.

In addition to these programs, there is one interdepartmental programs housed at the school: Molecular Toxicology.

The following is a listing of Professional and Academic degrees offered by the Fielding School of Public Health: 

MPH

Program Program Summary
Biostatistics At-a-Glance

MPH in Biostatistics

The MPH in Biostatistics offers exceptional opportunities to contribute to transforming public health by solving real-world problems. The program includes course work focused on biostatistical methods, programming and data management in the context of public health, as well as a core of courses spanning multiple disciplines of public health.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
62 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Passing grade by the faculty committee on the culminating written report   and the culminating oral report.
  • Field Training (Biostatistics 402B, Biostatistics Consulting, will satisfy this requirement)

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Mathematics preparation for the program should include at least one year of calculus
    • Mathematics 31A and B
    • Mathematics 32A

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.

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates in Biostatistics emerge as statisticians who have additional training in medical and other health-science fields. As a result, they are candidates for employment as statisticians and as researchers in the fields of genetics and biology, bioinformatics, and medicine. Graduates often assume positions in academia, industry, government organizations or allied scientific disciplines.

Who to contact for more information:

Roxy Naranjo
310.267.2186

* 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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Community Health Sciences At-a-Glance

MPH in Community Health Sciences

This program will prepare you to engage in the planning, administration, and evaluation of public health programs and policies in the U.S. and abroad. The curriculum integrates basic and applied approaches to address public health problems in the community, using the key tools of assessment, planning, and evaluation.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
60 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Completion of a practical fieldwork experience 
  • Passing grade on a written comprehensive examination

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters) * An accelerated program is available for students in medical school

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Prior work experience in community health or health education, which is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission

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.

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates generally assume positions in the planning, administration and evaluation of public health programs and policies, both in the United States and abroad

Who to contact for more information:

Kathy Yi kathyy@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.8314.

* 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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Environmental Health Sciences At-a-Glance

MPH in Environmental Health Sciences

The MPH in Environmental Health Sciences is a professional degree emphasizing public health applications, with a focus on public health practice and the acquisition of broad knowledge related to professional skills. Through coursework, a comprehensive exam and field training, the MPH equips students to be professionals with a broader understanding of the synergistic relationship between applied environmental and public health issues.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
64 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Completion of a practical fieldwork experience and summary paper related to the work performed during the internship 

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

Students should have a bachelor's (or master's) degree in public health, environmental health, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, environmental science, or a related field. Applicants with non-science majors who meet the following course work requirements will be considered for admission:

Course Work

  • 1 university-level course or equivalent in Calculus, Linear Algebra, or Statistics
  • 1 university-level course in Chemistry or equivalent
  • 1 university-level course in Biology or equivalent

Students who do not have the prerequisites at the time of application may take equivalent courses at UCLA in their first year.

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.

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates of the department have pursued careers in both the private and public sectors as researchers, educators, managers, policymakers, and practitioners. 

Who to contact for more information:

Rebecca Greenberg at rgreenberg@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.1619

* 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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Epidemiology (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.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
68 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Passing grade on a written comprehensive examination
  • Report demonstrating competence in epidemiologic methodology 

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

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
Epidemiology (1-Year, postdoctoral) At-a-Glance

The MPH Program in Epidemiology (1-Year, postdoctoral)

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.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
56 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Passing grade on a written comprehensive examination
  • Report demonstrating competence in epidemiologic methodology

Typical time to complete degree:
1 year

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Prior US clinical doctorate degree or enrolled in the MD/MPH program

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
Health Policy and Management (Health Policy Track) At-a-Glance

MPH in Health Policy and Management (Health Policy Track)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management provides students with the skills to contribute to advancing the health of populations by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of personal and other health services in private and public health organizations. Students choose either the health policy track, or the health management track.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
74 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Completion of a practical fieldwork experience and written applied report

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Prior work experience in community health or health education is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission

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:

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

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* 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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Health Policy and Management (1-Year, postdoctoral) At-a-Glance

MPH in Health Services Organization (1-year, postdoctoral)

The one-year MPH degree is for students with prior doctoral-level training (MD, JD, PhD, or equivalent). This program allows students to build on their existing functional expertise by enhancing their skill set in the issues, skills and disciplines involved in the organization and analysis of health services.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
54 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Completion of a practical fieldwork experience and written applied report

Typical time to complete degree:
1 year

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Prior work experience in community health or health education is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission

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:

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.

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* 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
Health Policy and Management (Health Management Track) At-a-Glance

MPH Program in Health Policy Management (Health Management Track)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management provides students with the skills to contribute to advancing the health of populations by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of personal and other health services in private and public health organizations. Students choose either the health policy track, or the health management track.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
74 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Completion of a practical fieldwork experience and written applied report

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Prior work experience in community health or health education is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission

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:

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.

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* 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

MS

Program Program Summary
Biostatistics At-a-Glance

MS in Biostatistics

The MS in Biostatistics is an academic, research-oriented degree program that is often preparatory for a doctoral degree or career in academic, industry or government research position. The program provides a strong foundation in both theory and application, and combines mathematical statistics and biostatistical methods with a research career focus.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
66 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Master's Report
  • Passing grade on the Written Comprehensive Examination 

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Mathematics preparation for the program should include at least two years of calculus and Linear algebra.
    • Mathematics 31A and B
    • Mathematics 32A and B
    • Mathematics 33A and B
    • Mathematics 115A

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:

This program is often preparatory for a doctoral degree or a career in an academic, industry or government research position. Graduates in Biostatistics emerge as statisticians who have additional training in medical and other health-science fields.

Who to contact for more information:

Roxy Naranjo 
310.267.2186

* 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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Community Health Sciences At-a-Glance

MS in Community Health Sciences

A research-oriented degree emphasizing community or psychosocial research within the general field of public health. Through coursework, learn about designing and conducting research in the community, program planning and evaluation, fundamentals of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and more.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
60 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

Master's Thesis OR Written Comprehensive Examination and a major written report

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Prior work experience in community health or health education, which is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission.

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:

Graduates generally assume teaching, research, and managerial positions in universities, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, international health agencies, and research centers.

Who to contact for more information:

Kathy Yi kathyy@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.8314.

* 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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Environmental Health Sciences At-a-Glance

MS in Environmental Health Sciences

The MS in Environmental Health Sciences is a research-oriented degree that includes coursework and the preparation of a thesis or completion of a comprehensive examination and a major written report. Students may choose to concentrate on one of the following areas of academic focus: air quality; environmental biology; environmental chemistry; environmental health practice and policy; industrial hygiene; toxicology; or water quality. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
65 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

Master's Thesis OR Comprehensive Examination and a major written report or submission of an externally peer-reviewed publication completed while a student

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Typically Fall academic quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

In addition to meeting the University’s minimum requirements, students should have a bachelor's (or master's) degree in public health, environmental health, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, environmental science, or a related field.  

Applicants with non-science majors who meet the following course work requirements will be considered for admission:

Course Work

  • 1 university-level course or equivalent in Calculus, Linear Algebra, or Statistics
  • 1 university-level course in Chemistry or equivalent
  • 1 university-level course in Biology or equivalent 

Students who do not have the prerequisites at the time of application may take equivalent courses at UCLA in their first year.

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:

Graduates of the department have pursued careers in both the private and public sectors as researchers, educators, managers, policymakers, and practitioners. 

Who to contact for more information:

Rebecca Greenberg at rgreenberg@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.1619

* 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
Epidemiology 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.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
56 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

Master's Thesis OR Written Comprehensive Examination and an in-depth research report 

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

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
Health Policy and Management Research At-a-Glance

MS in Health Policy and Management Research

The Master of Science in Health Policy and Management Research 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 foundation of courses on health services organization, financing and delivery, management and health behavior, students pursue rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including course work in research design, contemporary econometric methods, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
70 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

Masters Research Thesis Report, consisting of extensive written research in the major area of study

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Prior work experience in community health or health education is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission. 

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:

This 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. 

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* 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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Health Policy and Management Research (1-Year, postdoctoral) At-a-Glance

MS in Health Policy and Management Research (1-Year, postdoctoral)

The Master of Science (MS) in Health Policy and Management Research can be completed in 1 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.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
54 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

Masters Research Thesis Report, consisting of extensive written research in the major area of study

Typical time to complete degree:
1 year

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Prior work experience in community health or health education is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission. 
  • A prior doctoral degree (MD, PhD, JD, DDS or equivalent) is also required.  

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:

This 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. 

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* 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

Program Program Summary
Biostatistics At-a-Glance

PhD in Biostatistics

The PhD degree program trains statisticians who can apply statistical methods to solve problems in the health field and who can conduct theoretical research in statistical methodology. Training in the program combines mathematical statistics, biostatistical methods and a third-field specialization.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

In addition to course requirements:

  • Written Ph.D. Preliminary Examination
  • Written Ph.D. Advanced Examination
  • Doctoral Seminars (weekly, each quarter)
  • Doctoral statistical consulting seminar: Biostatistics 409 Oral Qualifying Examination
  • Dissertation and Defense 

Typical time to complete degree:
4 years

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Mathematics preparation should include at least two years of calculus
  • Biostatistics preparation should include: Biostatistics 200A, B, and C (Methods in Biostatistics) and Biostatistics 202A and 202B (Theoretical Principles of Biostatistics), and Mathematics 131A (Real Analysis)

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:

Graduates with a UCLA PhD are exceptionally well prepared for academic careers and for industry and government careers. Graduates from UCLA's Biostatistics programs are recruited by top-notch employers. Our students get jobs at excellent universities, companies, and government agencies. Many graduates stay in the Los Angeles area or elsewhere in California, but our graduates are recruited by employers across the United States and around the world. 

Who to contact for more information:

Roxy Naranjo at rlnaranjo@ph.ucla.edu or 310.267.2186.

* 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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Community Health Sciences At-a-Glance

PhD in Community Health Sciences

The PhD is an academic degree that prepares students for a career in which research predominates. The curriculum integrates basic and applied approaches to address public health problems in the community, using the key tools of assessment, planning, and evaluation.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in the major and minor fields
  • Written qualifying examinations
  • Proposal for the dissertation
  • Oral qualifying examination on the proposal for the dissertation (advancement to candidacy)
  • Dissertation
  • Oral defense of the dissertation

Typical time to complete degree:
6 years

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Masters degree in Public Health or an appropriately related field with a grade point average of at least 3.5 for graduate studies
  • Acceptance by an initial doctoral advisor in the department
  • Although not required for admission, work experience in the field is viewed favorably when competing applications are judged

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:

Graduates generally assume teaching, research, and managerial positions in universities, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, international health agencies, and research centers.

Who to contact for more information:

Kathy Yi kathyy@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.8314.

* 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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Environmental Health Sciences At-a-Glance

PhD in Environmental Health Sciences

The PhD in Environmental Health Sciences is an advanced research degree that emphasizes depth of knowledge and original research skills. Students may choose to concentrate on any field of environmental health sciences. Such areas of academic focus may include: air quality; environmental biology; environmental chemistry; environmental health practice and policy; industrial hygiene; toxicology; or water quality. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in the major field 
  • Written qualifying examinations, including proposals related to the dissertation
  • Oral Qualifying Examination on the proposal for the dissertation (advancement to candidacy) 
  • Dissertation
  • Oral defense of the dissertation 

Typical time to complete degree:
4-6 years

Program start date:
Typically Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

Bachelor's (or master's) degree in public health, environmental health, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, environmental science or a related field.

Applicants with non-science majors who meet the following course work requirements will be considered for admission:

  • 1 university-level course or equivalent in Calculus, Linear Algebra, or Statistics
  • 1 university-level course in Chemistry or equivalent
  • 1 university-level course in Biology or equivalent

Students who do not have the prerequisites at the time of application may take equivalent courses at UCLA in their first year.

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:

Graduates of the department have pursued careers in both the private and public sectors as researchers, educators, managers, policymakers, and practitioners. 

Who to contact for more information:

Rebecca Greenberg at rgreenberg@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.1619.

* 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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Environmental Health Sciences - Molecular Toxicology At-a-Glance

PhD in Molecular Toxicology - Environmental Health Sciences

This interdepartmental PhD program brings together 29 faculty from 16 different departments in the School of Medicine, the Fielding School of Public Health and the College of Letters and Science. Areas of particular strength in the program include chemical carcinogenesis, repair of DNA damage, air pollution toxicology, nanotoxicology, and the environmental causation of Parkinson's disease.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work
  • Laboratory rotations
  • Written and Oral qualifying examinations
  • Dissertation
  • Defense of the Dissertation

Typical time to complete degree:
The normative time for the degree is 9years ( 18 quarters).

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • A minimum of a four (4) unit undergraduate course in statistics
  • A master's degree is not a pre-requisite. The ideal training for an undergraduate would be to major either in Chemistry or Biology and to have a solid background in both of these disciplines with some quantitative training
  • Excellent students from all disciplines will be considered for admission, with the opportunity to make up deficiencies during their graduate curriculum.

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:

Our graduates pursue careers in research, as toxicologists, and in related areas in academia, government and biotech/pharmaceutical companies.

Who to contact for more information:

Rebecca Greenberg at rgreenberg@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.1619.

* 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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Epidemiology 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.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in Epidemiology and outside the Department of Epidemiology
  • Written and Oral qualifying examinations
  • Dissertation
  • Final oral examination

Typical time to complete degree:
6 years

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); 
  • At least a 3.0 junior/senior grade-point average and at least a 3.5 grade-point average in graduate studies; and 
  • Approval by the department admissions committee, an academic adviser, and the department chair.

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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Health Policy and Management At-a-Glance

PhD in Health Policy and Management

The PhD in Health Policy and Management trains students to assume the highest level of professional responsibilities. The PhD is an academic research degree emphasizing the in-depth expertise necessary for a research career. It includes classroom instruction, non-credit seminars, independent study, research projects, academic apprenticeships, and interaction with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals within and outside the UCLA campus.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in the major and cognate/minor fields
  • Written qualifying examination
  • Proposal for the dissertation
  • Oral qualifying examination on the proposal for the dissertation (advancement to candidacy)

Typical time to complete degree:
4-5 years

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

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  • A master’s degree in public health or other appropriate graduate degree in a related field with a grade-point average of at least 3.5 for graduate studies is recommended
  • Although not required for admission, work experience in the field is viewed favorably when competing applications are judged. 

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:

Many graduates of the program pursue research and teaching careers in health care management and health policy analysis.

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* 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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