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Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Public Health

Applying

After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

December 1, 2019

Applications received after this date have reduced opportunities for admission and financial aid.

Admission Limited to

Consult department.

Exams & GRE Types

GRE: General or equivalent

MCAT or DAT scores are accepted only for applicants who hold MD or DDS degrees or are currently enrolled in medical or dental school. LSAT scores are accepted only for applicants to the joint JD/MPH program. GMAT scores are accepted only for applicants to the joint MBA/MPH program. Biostatistics does not accept MCAT, DAT, or LSAT scores.

Letters of Recommendation

3, two from former professors and one from an employer; if no employer, three from former professors

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit the departmental application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS] and a statement of purpose.

Prior field experience is not required as a condition of admission, although a background of public health experience may be considered. Also, applicants must be accepted by and accommodated in the department of the School of Public Health in which they wish to study. Applicants needing help in deciding on a department should speak either to the department administrators or to staff in the Student Affairs Office. Exceptionally qualified applicants may be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants must perform satisfactorily on the verbal and quantitative sections of a recent Graduate Record Examination (GRE), except as above. The Biostatistics Department has different criteria for evaluating performance on aptitude tests for its applicants. Those applying to the biostatistics program should contact that department. No screening examination is required for admission; however, specified courses are required by Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Environmental Health Sciences. Applicants whose undergraduate coursework has been deficient in breadth of fundamental training have to take specified undergraduate courses after admission. At the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, the GRE requirement may be waived for applicants who hold a doctoral degree from a U.S. university and five years of relevant postdoctoral experience.

Master's degrees: .

Biostatistics

Students concentrating in biostatistics should have completed at least one year of calculus. Students whose preparation does not include sufficient calculus must take courses in the Mathematics Department while in the M.P.H. Program. Majors in mathematics, statistics, computer science, or a field of application in biostatistics are preferred.

Community Health Sciences: There are no prerequisites to the M.P.H. program in Community Health Sciences. Prior public health experience (paid or volunteer) is strongly preferred. Applicants interested in the Combined Veteran Affairs Dietetic Internship-M.P.H. program must meet the requirements for both the M.P.H. and the internship program, and complete applications to both UCLA and Veteran Affairs. An offer of admission to the M.P.H. does not guarantee admission to the internship program.

Environmental Health Sciences

Applicants should hold a bachelor's or master's degree in public health, environmental health, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, environmental science, or a related field.

Applicants with non-science majors who meet the following course work requirements will be considered for admission: 1) one university-level course or equivalent in calcular, linear algebra, or statistics; 2) one university-level course in Chemistry or equivalent; 3) one university-level course in Biology or equivalent. Applicants who have not completed the prerequisites at the time of application may take equivalent courses at UCLA in their first year.

Epidemiology: Applicants should have completed two courses each in mathematics, biological sciences, and social science, and one course in physical sciences. Statistics courses may serve as substitutes for coursework in mathematics; public health or health science courses may serve as substitutes for biology coursework.

Health Policy and Management

Applicants interested in the joint M.P.H./M.B.A. program in the Health Policy and Management Department may submit GMAT or GRE scores, depending on what the applicant submits to the Anderson School of Management.

Applicants to the one-year program must have a prior doctoral degree (M.D., D.D.S., J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent). Applicants with doctoral degrees from other countries should plan to take the two-year program. Satisfactory performance on the GRE is required, and a personal interview is recommended.

African Studies, M.A./Public Health, M.P.H.

The School of Public health and the African Studies Program have a concurrent degree program whereby students can pursue the M.A. degree in African Studies and the M.P.H. with a specialization in Community Health Sciences at the same time. Applicants are required to satisfy the admission requirements of both programs, and students must meet the requirements in both programs to be awarded the degrees. Applicants interested in this concurrent program should contact the African Studies program, and the Student Affairs Office, School of Public health.

Asian American Studies, M.A./Public health, M.P.H.

The Asian American Studies Department and the Department of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health offer a concurrent degree program whereby students can work for the M.A. in Asian American Studies and the M.P.H. Students must complete the program requirements for both degrees. When applying, the same statement of purpose may be submitted to each program. Applicants interested in this concurrent program should contact the Asian American Studies Department and the Student Affairs Office, School of Public Health.

Latin American Studies, M.A./Public Health, M.P.H.

The School of Public Health and the Latin American Studies Program have arranged an articulated degree program, organized to permit specializations within the M.A. and the M.P.H. degrees, with the award of both degrees after approximately three years of graduate study. Qualified students apply to the Latin American Studies Program and to a relevant area of public health, such as: (1) environmental and nutritional sciences; (2) epidemiology; (3) health education; or (4) population and family health.

Potential applicants should contact the Graduate Adviser in Latin American Studies and/or the Public Health/Latin American Studies Articulated Degree Program Adviser, School of Public Health.

Law, J.D./Public Health, M.P.H.

The School of Public Health and the School of Law offer a four year concurrent degree program in which students complete both the M.P.H. and the J.D. degree programs simultaneously. The program comprises three years in the School of Law and one year in the School of Public Health. In addition, the M.P.H. degree requires field-training experience, which is generally completed in the summer following the public health study. Applicants apply separately to the School of Law and the School of Public Health. Students enrolled in the first year of either the J.D. or the M.P.H. program may also apply for admission to the concurrent program. Interested applicants should contact the School of Law and the Student Affairs Office in the School of Public Health.

Management, M.B.A./Public Health, M.P.H.

The Anderson School of Management and the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Fielding School of Public Health offer a concurrent degree program in which students complete both the M.P.H. and the M.B.A. degree programs simultaneously in three years. The M.P.H. requires field-training experience, which is generally completed in the summer following the year of public health study. Applicants apply separately to the M.B.A. program and the M.P.H. program. Those interested should contact both the Anderson School of Management and the Student Affairs Office in the Fielding School of Public Health.

Medicine, M.D./Public Health, M.P.H.

The School of Public Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine have an articulated degree program designed to enable students to complete both the M.P.H. and the M.D. degree programs in five years. The program includes four years of medical school and one year plus one additional quarter in the School of Public Health. Additionally, up to ten weeks of field training is required for the M.P.H. The field training is generally completed in the summer after the year of public health coursework. UCLA medical students apply for admission to the School of Public Health in the fall quarter of their third year.

Public Policy, M.P.P./Public Health, M.P.H.

The Department of Public Policy and the Department of Health Policy and Management offer a concurrent degree program whereby students may pursue the Master of Public Policy degree and a Master of Public Health degree at the same time. For admission, applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements for both the M.P.P. and the M.P.H. programs. During the first year, students generally begin with the first year core courses in Public Policy. In Spring Quarter students also begin taking the required Health Policy and Management courses. For the remaining two years of the concurrent degree program, students take both Public Policy and Health Services courses for a total of 68 units in Public Policy and 56 units in Health Policy and Management. Applicants interested in the concurrent program should contact the graduate adviser in Public Policy.

Social Welfare, M.S.W./Public Health, M.P.H.

The Department of Social Welfare and the Department of Community Health Sciences (Public Health) offer a concurrent program whereby students pursue the Master of Social Welfare and the Master of Public Health at the same time. Applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements of each program. Studentsin the three-year concurrent program complete their first year curriculum in either Social Welfare or Public Health. During the second year, students complete the first-year core courses in the other department along with certain electives. In the third year, students complete the advanced practice methods and field internship course sequences in Social Welfare, complete requirements and electives in Public Health, and meet remaining requirements for both programs. Students must meet requirements for graduation in both programs to be awarded either degree. Applicants interested in the program should contact the department of Social Welfare or the department of Community Health Sciences.

Urban Planning, MURP./Public Health, M.P.H.

The Community Health Sciences and Environmental Health Sciences departments in the School of Public Health and the department of Urban Planning in the School of Public Affairs offer a concurrent plan of study providing an integrated curriculum for students interested in interdisciplinary training on the public health consequences of urban planning. Students in this program study how public health intersects with urban design and land use patterns, location choices and activity participation, economic factors, equity and social justice, governance and institutional management and planning for sustainability.

Concurrent students pursue studies in both schools/departments and following three years of full time study earn both the Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health Sciences or Environmental Health Sciences and the Master of Urban and Regional Planning.

Applicants must apply and be admitted to both the M.P.H and MURP programs. Further details regarding coursework and program structure may be obtained from the admissions office or graduate adviser in either the department of Urban Planning or the department of Community Health Sciences or Environmental Health Sciences.

Program Name

Public Health

Executive MPH and the MPH for Health Professionals appear separately.

Leading to the degree of

M.P.H., Dr.P.H.

Dr.P.H. only:Not accepting applications for the Dr. P.H. for 2020-21.

Major Code

0789

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