UCLA's Executive Programs in Health Policy & Management offers many different opportunities for professional development and career advancement in the healthcare industry.

  • The Executive Master’s in Public Health (EMPH) is one of the most influential knowledge-based leadership programs of its kind.  Located in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, this degree offers a rigorous, fully-accredited, competency-based curriculum in a bi-weekly weekend format that is designed to meet the needs and time constraints of working professionals.

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  • Not ready for a full masters program with your busy schedule? UCLA's Executive Programs in Health Policy & Management offers various professional development programs in Health Law, Lean and your path to Green Belt, Health System Analytics, and more, so you can gain the skills right now when you need them.

    • 2-Weekend Course

      This intensive training is specifically tailored for managing projects of any kind in healthcare environments. Public, private, government professionals in management or policy will learn to manage all phases of a project - from creating a project plan with key work streams, to monitoring the budget, and completing the project on time. Interactive real-world exercises and extensive case studies help you apply the techniques learned, and build skills to manage large-scale projects with confidence.

      The course can be used to satisfy the required 35 hours of project management education for PMP certification. Familiarization of Microsoft Project™ will be gained. The course focuses on the processes articulated in the Project Management Institute's "Body of Knowledge" (PMBOK®) and provides a solid introduction to the fundamental principles of the PMBOK approach and best practices.

      Participants will receive a record of participation upon completion of course.

      Course Fee: $1500
      Course Location: UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
      2-Weekend Course Schedule: Friday-Saturday, 9am - 6pm (Light morning refreshments and lunch will be provided)

    • Today more than ever, health care organizations are faced with the challenge to reduce costs and increase capacities while delivering increasingly better patient care.  Lean has become the gold standard for improving quality, identifying waste and reducing costs throughout the health care industry. Participants of our workshops develop a comprehensive understanding of key Lean performance improvement tools. You will gain knowledge of Lean transformation concepts, develop improvement teams, build skills required to quickly identify “non-value-added” activities, and implement tools to improve quality, access, and efficiency within your healthcare organization.

      Participants will receive a record of participation upon completion of each course.

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    • Business analysts and data scientists are experts in using data to inform their decisions. This professional development program will prepare you to extract valuable information from databases and data “lakes” to answer focused questions, as well as teach you to transform insights from interdisciplinary data analysis into tangible resources for business decision-making. Topics include: healthcare marketplace & reform to gain contextual knowledge; financial analytics; managerial analytics; people analytics; and data visualization (familiarization with Tableau™).

      Enrollees come from a variety of backgrounds, including business, science, and humanities. Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree, and all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

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    • The U.S. healthcare system is defined and managed by myriad regulations, policies, litigation and contracts. However, the context of medical services delivery organization and financing is often not well understood by professionals in adjacent industries.

      The goal of this intensive program is to facilitate law professionals' development of knowledge and context for practicing health and medical practice law. Topics include: health system organization & financing; medical terminology; regulation, contracts & litigation in the U.S. health system; familiarity with policies & changes in health services delivery reform.

      The series is optimally attended by participants practicing law, supporting law offices, or enrolled in law school. Discussion of healthcare regulation, contracts, and litigation will assume an understanding of general law terms.

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  • COPE Health Scholars provides an educational opportunity for individuals interested in making a difference in healthcare, advancing their careers, and building lifelong relationships.

    • Program Options

      Application and Enrollment Process


      The Health Scholar Program provides a 30-40 hour quality educational experience in combination with hands-on involvement, allowing participants to become part of the patient care team and assist with direct patient care. Scholars shift alongside nurses, physicians, allied health professionals and administrators while rotating through inpatient, outpatient and administrative settings.

      COPE Health Scholar offers a number of programs that fit any stage in your journey towards becoming a healthcare professional.

      Program Options

      Make a difference in the lives of patients and become an integral part of the patient care team! Learn more about which opportunity may be right for you by exploring our program offerings below. Click on program titles for more information and to apply.

      Eligibility criteria: For specific eligibility criteria, refer to each program description.


      Age 16-17

      Age 18+

      Age 18+

      Age 18+

      Age 18+

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      Junior Health Scholar


      Summer Intensive Health Scholar

      Pre-Health Professions Scholar*


      Hours Requirement
      (4 hour shifts)

      1-3 per week

      1-6 per week

      5-6 per week

      2 per week

      2 per week

      Educational Training Hours






      UCLA Lectures






      Suture Clinic



      Capstone Project



      Career Panel




      Skill-Based Workshops




      Admissions Workshop




      Exam Prep Course




      GRE with The Princeton Review

      MCAT with The Princeton Review

      California locations only





      Personal Statement Workshop





      Simulation Lab





      Hospital Tour






      Regular $225
      Accelerated $495

      Regular $225
      Fast Track $395
      Accelerated $495

      8 weeks
      Early Bird $995

      8 weeks
      Early Bird $1895

      8 weeks
      Early Bird $4995

      *Optional Housing & Transportation (Pre-Health Professions and Pre-Med Scholars only): Los Angeles: $5200; Orange County: $5000; Seattle: $5000
      ►Are you studying outside the US? Check out our International Health Scholar programs!
      ►Are you a High School student (14+) interested in pursuing a career in healthcare? Check out our 5-day Pre-College Health Scholar program!

      Application and Enrollment Process

      Step 1: Complete an online application.

      Step 2: Interview with a member of our Health Scholar team.

      Step 3: Complete a background check.

      Step 4: Schedule a clearance appointment.

      Step 5: Pay your tuition.

      Step 6: Train and pass exams.

      Step 7: Start the program!


      For Questions

      For questions or application support, contact:
      (213) 542-2250

    • Over the course of one week, students will explore different aspects of the U.S. healthcare system and learn about a career in healthcare (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, and public health) through lectures taught by UCLA professors as well as trainings, hospital tours, guest lectures, and university visits. Students will connect with other students from around the world while touring Los Angeles. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate of completion from UCLA. Sessions are available in the winter, spring, and summer.

    • Get ready for an intense summer experience. You will start with a week-long training program concluding with written and practical exams. Upon passing the exams, you will move into an 8-week learning program including hands-on patient care experience mirroring the Health Scholar program along with intensive MCAT review and supplementary workshops to prepare you for medical school admissions. This is a great opportunity for pre-med students who live outside the immediate geographic areas of the sites to get the hands-on training offered by COPE Health Scholars.