Department of Health Policy and Management

Master of Public Health (MPH)


lerskineWelcome to the exciting and intellectually stimulating field of health policy and management. Healthcare is changing more rapidly than many other fields and, as a result, requires talented, well-educated people to manage those changes. Throughout this program, you will be preparing not only for the jobs you will be assuming immediately after graduation but also for the roles you will fill as you move forward in your career. As well, you will be forging strong relationships with your fellow students – relationships that you will carry with you for the rest of your professional life.

Every year, Americans spend more than $2.5 trillion on health care related expenditures, yet many challenges remain: disparities in health, fragmented and inefficient health delivery systems, increasing numbers of uninsured, and patient safety and medical errors – to name a few. Over the two-year program, you will receive a rigorous grounding in the skills and competencies needed to help you tackle these challenges.

The MPH program at UCLA balances the idealism of the public health tradition with the belief that strong managerial and analytical skills are vital. It offers a broad, general health care management and policy curriculum that addresses critical issues facing the U.S. health care system. By the time you graduate, you will understand the implications of the field and possess the skills and competencies to help you develop a more efficient, equitable, and quality health care system. This balance of rigorous curricula and experience-based learning consistently places the UCLA MPH program among the strongest in the country.

As a student in the MPH program...

You will be part of a network of leaders in health management, policy-making, and research that seeks to improve health-related quality of life locally, domestically, and globally. Your learning will be enhanced by the close association we have with our alumni who have been successful in the public, not-for-profit, and private health care arenas; local, state, and national government; and in research institutes and universities. We use their on-the-ground expertise to guide our curriculum planning and professional development opportunities.

Please explore our website carefully. There, you will find all the information you will need to make informed decisions about applying to, and about course selection and internships once you are accepted into, the MPH program Health Policy and Management

Congratulations on taking the first step in joining an exciting, challenging, and growing field that marks its members as those who care deeply about building healthy futures for all populations by increasing the equity, effectiveness, and efficiency of health services for both personal as well as population health.


Laura Erskine, PhD, MBA
Director, MPH Program in Health Policy and Management