The MPH is a public health degree in which individuals emphasize a variety of areas among the classic public health functions. Our department focuses on health policy and management. It differs from a MHA because to obtain a MPH degree, the candidate must complete coursework in the core public health specialties of social and behavioral sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, and health policy and management.
Within that context, individuals interested in majoring in health policy and management can specialize. The UCLA MPH Program is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). The healthcare management track is equivalent in its rigorous management preparation as a MHA but also provides the student with the fundamentals of public health, an important component of the context of health care delivery.
A MHA is strictly a healthcare management degree that may or may not have any policy or public health related course content. The MHA is often given at many different types of schools such as public health, management, allied or community health or policy related programs. It is a management degree with a focus on health institutions. Some schools may provide public health or policy content, but it is not required to receive a MHA degree.