Welcome from the Director

Welcome and thanks for visiting our site! If you have arrived on this page, there is a good chance you are considering advancing your career by going back to school while continuing to work. Understandably this is a big commitment of time and resources, so let me point out why we think you've made the right decision to invest in yourself.

  • UCLA is the premiere public university, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.  “UCLA’s ranking as the top public university in the country five years running reaffirms what we already know: that this is a place where students of all backgrounds can thrive, where we invest in and support excellent teaching and where we set students up for success after graduation,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block in September 2021. 

There are tremendous career opportunities. The healthcare industry continues to dominate job growth. No matter what the economic climate, careers in healthcare management, information technology, health policy, health planning and financial services remain strong. This is a skills-building program to set you up for success.

The healthcare industry is unlike any other. Understanding and improving your management and policy analysis skills should be done in an educational environment that focuses on the unique nature of the healthcare industry. It’s true that general finance, economic and operations skills are helpful, but you'll find the "normal" rules don't apply and when you acquire these skills. To maximize your potential, you'll need to tailor them to the unique characteristics of the healthcare industry and political environment. 

We value diverse perspectives, lived experiences and professional backgrounds. The hallmark of the EMPH program is our in-person, cohort-based model. Classes are offered on campus. A strength of the program is the bonds that you create with your colleagues who develop into lifelong friendships.    

It's about who you know. After 26 years, the EMPH program alone has over 550 loyal alumni that are strategically distributed throughout the healthcare industry. Our executive healthcare management alumni are leading academic medical centers, community hospitals, large physician groups, health plans, and bio-pharmaceutical companies. Due to the strong collegial friendships and working relationships built during our intensive cohort-style program, these alumni remain closely connected and supportive while advancing their careers. This is in addition to thousands of alumni from the long-running weekday program in the Health Policy and Management Department as well.

You will learn from the best. Centered in one of the most dynamic and challenging cities in the U.S., the UCLA EMPH executive student receives instruction and insight from the Department of Health Policy & Management renowned faculty and also executives from the local area: CEOS, CFOs, marketing executives, and scientists from the most prestigious healthcare systems in L.A. (Cedars-Sinai, Kaiser, UCLA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Veterans' Administration, etc.). These highly accomplished leaders enthusiastically serve as faculty members to augment our classroom experience with direct experience from the field. You can expect to have experiential learning opportunities by working on real case studies, implementing projects directly in provider institutions, and have candid, facilitated discussions with the healthcare leaders of today, and the leaders of tomorrow.


We hope you will request more details and attend one of our regularly scheduled information sessions to learn more about giving yourself a significant advantage in your healthcare management and policy career. I encourage you to schedule a 1:1 with our Student Services team. Let us connect you with an alumni or faculty. We are confident that this program will exceed your expectations and launch your trajectory.  

Julie Elginer, DrPH, MBA
EMPH Academic Director and Assistant Professor, 
Executive Programs in Health Policy & Management