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