Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 


The Department of Health Policy and Management aims to advance the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of health services for personal and population health. To achieve these goals, we seek to

(1) develop the next generation of leaders in public health and health care;

(2) conduct the highest quality research;

(3) innovate to solve the complex challenges of health care policy and delivery;

(4) educate health policy, management, and public health professionals; and

(5) partner with the community to disseminate and apply new knowledge

The PhD is an academic research degree emphasizing the in-depth expertise necessary for an academic, research, or management career. It emphasizes the integration of theory and research in a focused substantive area (cognate). This content area is developed by each student in consultation with his or her academic and cognate advisors.

The faculty in the program are distinguished researchers and teachers. Thirteen members of the faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. AcademyHealth has recognized 4 members with its Distinguished Investigator Award; 5 with the New Investigator Award; 4 with the Article of the Year Award; and 2 with the Health Services Research Impact Award. One faculty member received the AHRQ John Eisenberg Excellence in Mentoring Award. The faculty are actively engaged in policy and practice beyond their research and teaching, serving on governance and advisory groups in diverse organizations (including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, National Quality Forum, AcademyHealth, Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Sciences, National Cancer Society, and Association of University Programs in Health Administration, among others), providing testimony or consultation to legislative and executive government agencies and policy-oriented non-governmental organizations, and as editors or editorial board members for multiple journals.

Many faculty are also directors or affiliates of the research centers that are a core focus of research at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, including the Center for Health Policy Research, Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, Center for Health Advancement, Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, and World Policy Analysis Center, and doctoral students are often engaged in research in these centers.

Graduates of the program have gone on to careers in academia (including institutions such as Emory University, University of Georgia, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Penn State University, UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton), think tanks, research and consulting firms (including the RAND Corporation, Truven Health Analytics, and others), and health system research groups (including Kaiser Permanente, the VA Greater Los Angeles HSR&D, VA Palo Alto Health Economics Research Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and others).