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What will I learn?

The MS in Health Policy and Management, with a specialization in research, has a curriculum that emphasizes research skills in the area of health services. It includes the preparation of a thesis or comprehensive examination/major written report. Some MS graduates will want to continue their studies and pursue a PhD degree.

MSHS (2-year)

Curriculum All MS students must complete 17 full courses (74 units) and at least one year of graduate residence at the University of California. A minimum of five courses must be in the 200 or 500 series. Elective courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor. Electives may be chosen from offerings in the Department of Health Policy and Management or other departments in the Fielding School of Public Health.

Which department am I in?

Fielding School of Public Health

Study options

Full Time (Fifteen academic quarters (and two summer terms))

Tuition fees
US$32,374.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

Expected September 2023


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

Prior field experience is not required as a condition of admission, although a background of public health experience may be considered.

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.

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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