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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. We’ve been empowering nurses since 1995, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to advance their careers in the field of public health while continuing to work full-time. 

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 the UCLA campus by the Fielding School of Public Health’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.


Chin Wen Lin, MPH, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

“My educational journey has broadened my horizons, leading me to discover a variety of disciplines beyond patient care. Because of the EMPH Program, I am well-prepared to navigate the complexities of healthcare delivery, driving positive changes in patient experiences and promoting better outcomes.” 

Kayla Kilani, MPH, RN
Nurse Manager, Mobile Stroke Unit
UCLA Health

Personally, I can’t speak highly enough about the program and its impact on my career in nursing leadership. It’s been truly transformative. 

Erik Coll, MPH, BSN, RN
Injury & Violence Prevention Community Outreach Coordinator
UCLA Health, Trauma Surgery

My career has drastically changed because of this degree. The EMPH Program is the MBA for healthcare. Professionally, I have never been in a better role in my life. I love my job so much. 


Alumni Network +600

$70,000 Total Program Tuition

Develop a Business Plan

2 Academic Years
(August – June)


Dhruv Khurana

Dhruv Khurana, PhD

Course: Microeconomic Theory of Health Sector

Dhruv Khurana, PhD currently works as Senior Economist-Statistician at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs within the Division of Addiction Psychiatry. His work there primarily focuses on evaluating the causal impact of the California 1115/DMC-ODS waiver that expanded access to treatment for Medicaid beneficiaries with SUD. Additionally, he works on evaluating the impact of Proposition 64, which legalized the use of recreational marijuana in CA. 


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.


Jonathan Freedman

Course: Health Reform: Policy, Research, and Implementation Issues

Jonathan Freedman works with plans, providers, associations, and governmental and non-governmental entities in the areas of public health, safety net health care, and public policy. His work focuses on strategic planning, public health improvement and transformation, and the health care safety net. He is regularly sought after for complex strategic and operational planning situations. Jonathan’s management and leadership experience includes more than 25 years with the County of Los Angeles, including Chief Deputy Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH). 


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.