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UCLA is proudly recognized as the #1 ranked public university in the U.S. and one of the top institutions for health policy and management programs. 

The Executive Master of Public Health (EMPH) Program in Health Policy and Management provides a comprehensive business, management, and policy education in an executive-style format designed for the working professional.

This two-year program, with classes scheduled on weekends and taught on campus by UCLA Fielding’s world-renowned faculty and public health practitioners, is tailored to professionals from diverse backgrounds looking to gain new skills, obtain leadership positions in their organizations, or change their professional focus.

EMPH graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources to master the challenges of our changing healthcare environment.


A class of students representing various clinical, managerial, and professional backgrounds is admitted as a single cohort into the program each year.

The smaller class size and cohort structure promote close collaboration in an intimate learning environment, enabling participants to take full advantage of one another’s diverse knowledge and experience.

The next cohort begins August 23.



Shira Shafir, PhD, MPH

Course: Principles of Public Health

An epidemiologist with expertise in neglected tropical diseases and infectious diseases of poverty, Dr. Shira Shafir holds an MPH in infectious diseases from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Epidemiology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Global Health from CHS at UCLA. She brings a unique perspective to her work in strategy and impact from her time in the private sector as the former Vice President of Giving, Social Innovation and Impact at TOMS Shoes, an industry leader in social business, where she designed, implemented and evaluated their global impact strategy.


Becky Yano, PhD, MSPH

Course: Practices of Evaluation in Health Services: Theory and Methodology

Dr. Becky Yano is Director and Senior Research Career Scientist at the HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Trained in health care epidemiology, biostatistics and health policy at UCLA and RAND, Dr. Yano has over 30 years’ experience in health services research and is a nationally recognized expert on organizational influences on quality of care and implementation of evidence-based practice.


Leah Vriesman, PhD, MHA, MBA

Course: Healthcare Strategy

Dr. Leah Vriesman is Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs at UCLA Extension. Her research and teaching have focused on strategic leadership and operational effectiveness, hospital information systems, digital health innovation, healthcare management, as well as user design and experience in healthcare. She travels frequently to give keynotes for international audiences (East Africa, Asia, Europe) on healthcare innovation and transforming healthcare delivery systems.


Alumni Network +600

$70,000 Total Program Tuition

Develop a Business Plan

2 Academic Years
(August – June)


Zohra Pervez, MPH ’23
LGBTQ+ Center Operations Supervisor

“I landed an incredible job leading the brand-new LGBTQ+ Center at Cedars-Sinai. Since graduating, I have been promoted and have expanded my scope to oversee three more clinics and two new programs.” 

Alicia Popoff, MPH ’17
Assistant Medical Group Administrator
Kaiser Permanente

“I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been part of one of the most impactful experiences in my professional journey. The program I had the privilege to be a part of not only provided immense value but also fostered lifelong connections with remarkable individuals.” 

Sharon Chui, MPH ’18
System Service Line Adminstrator
Houston Methodist

“The UCLA EMPH program felt like a healthcare focused MBA, taught by distinguished faculty and adjunct faculty who helped us understand 1) different aspects of public health and 2) the practical applications to healthcare delivery and management. My favorite part was the summer applied project at UCLA Health where I joined a team, worked on various projects, and essentially explored the system. Our cohort and faculty have become mentors and friends, which has been invaluable to my career.” 


Though we are coming up on the end of the 2024 admissions cycle, we are still accepting applications for Fall 2024. If you are planning to apply, we recommend beginning your online application as soon as possible to ensure you are able to submit your application before July 31. Applications submitted before July 31 will automatically be reviewed. Classes begin August 23.



From a regionally accredited institution, comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from the University of California


Three years of professional work experience


Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0

EMPH applicants do NOT need to complete a SOPHAS application and GRE is NOT required.