Department of Health Policy and Management


About Our Program

The Mission of the MPH Programs in Health Policy and Management

The mission of the MPH in Health Policy and Management is to provide masters level education, informed by research & evidence-based practice, to develop and prepare early careerists and entry-level health care professionals who will play leadership roles in public and private institutions involved in the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and aimed at developing legislation and regulations that will improve the health of individuals, communities and populations.

About Our Program

The UCLA MPH Program in Health Policy and Management is a highly competitive program that prepares students for top leadership positions in health delivery organizations, advocacy, policy making bodies, government health care organizations at all levels, community based organizations, and the diversity of other public and private health care organizations. Students develop a strong foundational knowledge of the health sector with specific strengths in management and policy. They acquire the analytic skills essential to assess and improve the quality of our health system and delivery while also reducing costs and addressing access barriers.  They develop leadership skills, providing innovative ideas about health policy issues confronting the nation today. The robust critical thinking skills and the foundational strength in both health policy and management acquired by our students provide them with the ability to tackle a variety of vital health care issues, contributing to improving the health of our communities.

Our world-renowned faculty provides a strong and rigorous program in which students gain the tools to become high-quality leaders in the field of public health and health care delivery. Faculty members have played prominent roles in developing health legislation that ensures equitable and accessible health care, leading vital changes in health policy, leading the Los Angeles Country Department of Public Health, leading innovative new programs, and inhabiting the C-suites of numerous large national health systems.  The Department of Health Policy and Management faculty represent all the essential skill sets needed by our students to perform the critical skills in today’s fast and ever changing health care field.

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While on campus at UCLA, students in the MPH in Health Policy and Management have the opportunity to participate in the rich and diverse health environment that is Los Angeles, from the abundance of health delivery opportunities to plentiful research projects through our many research centers. Students focus on the major issues in healthcare today, including quality and health system performance excellence, health policy and the development of patient centered medical homes and Accountable Care Organizations, health access and equity for underserved populations, insuring the uninsured, , issues of health cost control, cancer prevention, obesity and nutrition, and family health.

We have strong relationships with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the 2nd largest health system in the country, providing the ability to participate in any area of health the student may wish.  Fielding School research centers in the Department of Health Policy and Management that provide many opportunities for student participation include:

  • The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
  • The Johnson Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
  • The Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities
  • The UCLA Kaiser Permanente  Center for Health Equity
  • UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center

Our strong relationships with organizations in the community provide many invaluable opportunities for student internships, part-time work and employment upon graduation in Los Angeles, California, and nationally. Some of these organizations are:

  • Cedars-Sinai Health System
  • LA Care Health Plan
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
  • VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • California Department of Health Care Services
  • California Department of Public Health
  • Community Partners and LA Health Action
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, UCLA is full of opportunities. In addition to having access to one of the largest health care systems, we are also the most diverse community in the country. The diversity of health care opportunities matches the diversity of our population. Our graduates have become significant figures in the local, regional and national healthcare system.  The vast and highly supportive Health Policy and Management Alumni Association in Los Angeles and throughout California ensures our students are introduced to the best opportunities available in health policy and management. Consistently, within three months of graduation, more than 80% of our graduating class obtains a degree-related position in the workforce.  In 2015, 87% of our students reported having secured positions during their first three months with an average starting salary of $76,000.

Programs of Study

The Department of Health Policy and Management’s outstanding academic programs, renowned faculty, commitment to translating knowledge into practice and prominent research centers and programs uphold its acclaimed reputation in the field. The Department of Health Policy and Management offers 6 MPH programs.