The joint degree sponsored by the Department of Public Policy and the Department of Health Services offers a concurrent degree program whereby students are able to pursue the Master of Public Policy degree and a Master of Public Health degree in three years. As one of the leading universities in the nation oriented to health services and health policy research, UCLA is especially well positioned to offer a concurrent degree that brings together top-tier training in public policy and health services. The joint degree program provides professional training in policy analysis and management, as well as expertise in the complexity of health care services and strategies of policy-making institutions. Those interested in having an impact on the development of health care policy and management are encouraged to apply. For admission, applicants need to satisfy the regular admission requirements for both the MPP and the MPH programs.
Students begin taking core courses for both programs during their first year. Additionally students take elective or concentration courses in order to fulfill the program requirements; 68 units in Public Policy and 56 units in Health Services. See sample Plan of Study for the MPP/MPH for the joint degree program. Although in some cases students may take a course in either program to fulfill a content requirement, each course counts only toward the units of the department within which the course is offered. Consequently a student may take a different proportion of electives and core courses than indicated in the sample Plan of Study.
To apply for the joint degree program, students are required to satisfy the regular admissions requirements of each program. Students enrolled either in the MPH or MPP program may apply for admission to the joint degree program in their first year of residence. However, each school has its own entrance requirements, and there is no guarantee that because an individual is already a student in good standing in one school that he or she will be accepted by the other. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for both the MPP and the MPH applications. In addition, the Test of English Language (TOEFL) is required for international students.
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