UCLA Fielding draws individuals who are deeply committed to issues of equity, social justice, and anti-racism, and determined to gain the education and training that will enable them to make a difference in improving the health of populations — particularly those that have been traditionally disadvantaged by structural inequalities. Outside of the classroom, many students take on active roles within the school, on the UCLA campus, and in communities throughout Los Angeles and beyond. They exhibit this same level of commitment toward their peers, fostering an atmosphere at FSPH of inclusiveness, caring, and support.
One of the great strengths of the UCLA Fielding student body is its heterogeneity, reflective of one of the world’s most diverse cities. More than a third of FSPH students hail from communities historically underrepresented in public health and higher education. Many are first-generation college students. A significant number come from other countries. This rich tapestry of lived experiences contributes to a dynamic social and learning environment where the perspectives of all communities are considered in discussions and actions on public health issues — an environment that is invaluable to, and essential for, the preparation of future public health professionals.