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PhD Degree Programs

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an advanced research degree emphasizing depth of knowledge and original research skills. The PhD prepares students for a career in which research predominates, often in academia or in an industry or government research position.

The PhD involves specialized coursework and a major original research effort – the dissertation. The PhD is offered by each of the School’s five departments: Biostatistics, Community Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences or Health Policy and Management.

Below, you can learn more about the PhD degree programs offered by each department.

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.

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:

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.

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:

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.

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:

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:

Susana Luis at sluis@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.

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:

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:

Susana Luis at sluis@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.

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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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.

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:

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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