Department of Health Policy and Management

CEPH - Accredited MPH Degree Program

Department of Health Policy and Management Degree Programs

The Department of Health Policy and Management is proud to offer a variety of rigorous academic programs that lead students to begin or continue careers in the healthcare industry.




The health care arena is more volatile and wide-ranging than it has ever been. At the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, the Department of Health Policy and Management provides a thorough and comprehensive foundation for those who seek to play a vital role in meeting the challenges – economic, managerial, social, political, ethical – that confront health care delivery for individuals, communities, and organizations both private and public, nationally and across the globe.

The Department of Health Policy and Management prepares students for a research or professional career in health care policy or management.  The Department offers both practice-oriented professional and research-oriented graduate degree programs.  The professional degree, the Master of Public Health (MPH), provides a rigorous grounding in health care management and leadership, policy formulation, and quality and performance evaluation in preparing candidates to assume managerial and leadership roles in both public and private organizations. The research-oriented degrees, PhD and Master of Science (MS), provides extensive training in research methods for students who desire to pursue research and teaching careers in health care management and health policy analysis. The Executive MPH (EMPH) is designed for the working professional and offers executive-style evening and weekend classes.

The Department also offers non-degree programs:  the UCLA/RAND Post-Doctoral Program provides mentored research opportunities for recent doctoral awardees in health services research; the Certificate Program in Healthcare Management and Leadership provides a certificate-level introduction to health management and leadership for individuals in the community wishing to begin or polish the health management skills; the Visiting Scholars Program provides mentored independent research with a faculty member for up to one year for domestic or international scholars, either with or without previous doctoral training; and the UCLA Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy Program promotes teaching and research on issues related to pharmaceuticals and the pharmaceutical industry.

Areas of Scholarship, Teaching, and Service:

Health Management Organization and Quality: Team process in care, care coordination, information systems, and comparative e?ectiveness and quality improvement.

Health Policy: Health workforce issues, impacts of state and federal legislation, cross-border care, the Affordable Care Act

Efficiency and Cost: Micro- and macro-level research on the cost of care, cost-effectiveness of system interventions, system level analyses of the determinants of health care costs and their control.

Pharmaceutical Economics: Pricing and regulation of pharmaceuticals.

Child Health: Research and interventions for healthy child development and the equitable delivery of high-quality child health services.

Health Promotion: Physical activity promotion, health impact assessment, tobacco reduction, healthy media use, and cancer screening, prevention, and survivorship.

Health Equity: Elimination of health disparities, promotion of health equity through use of information technology, web-based approaches, and outreach to disadvantaged communities.

Health Data Collection: State-level surveys of population health and data collection in hard-to-reach populations.