Admissions

The Department of Health Policy and Management prepares students for a research or professional career in health care policy or management. 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), provide 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 online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) prepares managers and executives to succeed as strategic leaders and data-driven problem solvers while offering the flexibility to fit into a full-time work schedule.

See the Admissions Profiles here.

How to Apply

For more specific information, please check out the Fielding School of Public Health Admissions Checklist

  1. Submit an online application to SOPHAS at www.sophas.org
  2. Submit an online application to UCLA at www.gdnet.ucla.edu
  3. Submit appropriate materials to UCLA - Fielding School of Public Health (refer to the checklist)

Admissions Deadline

  • Applications are usually available mid-September. We encourage you to apply early.

  • Deadline for Fall 2022 Admissions: December 1, 2021

Applications received after the December 1st deadline may be considered, but will have reduced opportunities for admission, financial support, and housing.

Tuition & Fees

Professional Degree Fees

Annual tuition & fees for the MPH and DrPH Degree Programs can be accessed here.

Graduate Student Fees

Annual tuition & fees for the MS and PhD Degree Programs can be accessed here.

For the complete schedule of tuition & fees, visit the UCLA Registrar's Office website. Questions regarding California residency can be answered by visiting the Residence for Tuition Purposes page.

International Students

Visit the Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars

  • TOEFL required: Minimum score of 87, though we prefer at least 100

 

Admissions to the MPH Program

Program Requirements for Public Health Schoolwide Programs

  • GRE required (waived for applications submitted in 2020); Average score of 65th to 70th percentile in all three sections
  • Bachelor’s Degree from 4-yr University/Equivalent
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (2 Professors, 1 Employer accepted)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA from 4-yr University/Equivalent; Average GPA of 3.57
  • 2 years of full-time work experience preferable
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • MPH/MBA (GMAT or GRE accepted), MPH/MD (MCAT accepted), MPH/JD (LSAT accepted), MPH/MPP—Follow same requirements as the MPH program, as well as the admission guidelines for the other degree program

 

 

Admissions to the EMPH Program

Visit the EMPH Program website for more information about admissions.

 

Admissions to the MS Program

Program Requirements for Public Health Schoolwide Programs

  • Bachelor’s degree from 4-yr University/Equivalent, with a grade-point average of at least 3.0
  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last five years. The department does not have a minimum combined score requirement for the GRE. The average GRE scores of admitted MS students are approximately 65-70th percentile in all three sections.  For MS program applicants who are MDs, the MCAT score is accepted in lieu of the GRE. For applicants in 2021, including GRE scores in your application is recommended but optional.
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two should be from professors; one may be from an employer) that address past performance and potential as a researcher in public health
  • Resume/CV. Although not required for admission, work experience in the field is viewed favorably.
  • Clear statement of purpose that outlines goals and career objectives as they relate to the MS program in HPM at UCLA. This statement should include: Description of research experience, Discussion of current substantive interests in health policy or healthcare management, Brief description of potential areas of interest for MS research and thesis, Statement of career goals, Justification for seeking research training specifically in Health Policy and Management, Overall sense of who the applicant is as an individual
  • An example of published or other written work, such as a journal article or research paper

Admissions to the PhD Program

Program Requirements for Public Health Schoolwide Programs

  • Master’s degree in public health, or other appropriate graduate degree in a related field, with a grade-point average of at least 3.5 for graduate studies, is recommended.
  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last five years. The department does not have a minimum combined score requirement for the GRE. The average GRE scores of admitted PhD students are approximately 75th percentile in all three sections. For applicants in 2021, including GRE scores in your application is recommended but optional.
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two should be from professors; one may be from an employer) that address past performance and potential as a doctoral student in public health and, when possible, describe potential for doctoral work in health policy or healthcare management
  • Resume/CV. Although not required for admission, work experience in the field is viewed favorably.
  • Clear statement of purpose that outlines goals and career objectives as they relate to the HPM PhD program in HPM at UCLA. This statement should include: Description of research experience, Discussion of current substantive interests in health policy or healthcare management, Brief description of a potential research project that might serve as a dissertation, Statement of career goals, Justification for seeking doctoral training specifically in Health Policy and Management, Overall sense of who the applicant is as an individual
  • An example of published or other written work, such as a master’s thesis, journal article, or research paper

Students do not need to identify a faculty mentor in order to apply for the program, though we encourage applicants to research faculty interests and reach out to faculty members prior to applying. Applicants should contact the HPM SAO with any questions about the admissions process. The SAO can also help connect interested applicants to faculty members in their topic areas of interest, for information about the program and admissions.