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What will I learn?

The PhD in Health Policy and Management is an advanced research degree that emphasizes depth of knowledge and research skills. The dissertation must demonstrate ability for independent scholarly investigation.


In addition to the requirements for the MS in Health Policy and Management, students must take HLT POL 226A, 226B, 227B, and additional statistics courses. A cognate with at least five courses (20 units) from a department that grants a PhD degree is also required. Cognate courses must be at the graduate level and should be core theory and research courses for the discipline selected. Acceptable cognate areas include economics, epidemiology, organizational behavior, management, public policy, psychology, sociology, health care outcomes, research, pharmaceutical economics and policy studies.

Which department am I in?

Fielding School of Public Health

Study options

Full Time (24 academic quarters (and one summer term))

Tuition fees
US$32,374.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


Fielding School of Public Health

650 Charles E. Young Dr. South,

16-035 Center for Health Sciences,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 570 in paper based TOEFL.

For international students

At least a 3.5 GPA in graduate studies or demonstrated superiority in graduate work, and at least a B in each of the mandatory core courses, a positive recommendation by the Health Policy and Management Department, approval by the doctoral admissions committee and the department chair, completion of the M.S. in Health Policy and Management or an appropriately related field is preferred. Submission of a writing sample, preferably a master's thesis or equivalent, is required. Screening examinations may be required by the department.

IELTS Academic overall band score should be at least 7.0 is the minimum required.

TOEFL score on the paper and pencil test must be at least 560 or at least 87 on the internet-based test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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