Professional Development

To ensure that students have the skills necessary to enter and compete in the workforce, students in the traditional programs are required to complete 25 hours of professional development. The department offers approximately 75 hours of professional development each year. These include Days-on-the-Job, seminars, panels, and focused workshops. Students can also take advantage of many other events offered at UCLA and in the broader healthcare community.


(Pictured above: Day-on-the-Job | Children's Hospital Los Angeles)

The Health Policy and Management Student Association (HPMSA) and the Health Policy and Management Alumni Association (HPMAA) host networking events during the academic year to bring students together with local healthcare executives.

(Pictured above: 2019 MPH | EMPH Annual Alumni Mixer. Organized by the EMPH department, HPMSA and HPMAA. Held at Wolfgang Puck, Ackerman Student Union, UCLA)

During the academic year, the FSPH Career Services Office hosts many events that prepare students for the job market and network students with a wide variety of healthcare organizations. Job announcements are frequently disseminated through Handshake. The Career Services staff is also available to meet one-on-one with students.

In the Fielding School of Public Health, HPM students can join HPMSA, the Public Health Student Association (PHSA), and many other student organizations.