Prospective Students

The Department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Epidemiology and, through the Fielding School of Public Health, the M.P.H. with a specialization in epidemiology. Students are required to take a core curriculum designed to provide them with the basic methodological tools and analytic skills common to the field. After that students may select a general curriculum that focuses on quantitative methods and a broad range of health conditions in populations or emphasize selected areas such as genetics or infectious and tropical diseases.

Application to the UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health is made possible through the on-line centralized Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) and UCLA’s on-line Graduate Division Application. Both the SOPHAS and UCLA applications must be completely submitted to be considered.

The deadline for graduate applications is December 1 for admission to the coming Fall academic quarter in the ensuing year. Early applications are encouraged, to calendarensure timely receipt of all required documentation. Applications received after the December 1st deadline may be considered, but will have reduced opportunities for admission, financial support, and housing. Applicants usually receive an e-mail notice from the Fielding School of Public Health’s Student Affairs Office on the status of the application materials in February.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is the standard entrance exam, however the MCAT and DAT can be submitted in certain circumstances - please contact the Department for details. International applicants whose native tongue is not English will likely be required to take the Test of English Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is the only language exam the School will accept for consideration of admission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to allow enough time to prepare for and take entrance exams in time for application deadlines. Since repeated exam scores are accepted, allowing time to retake the exam would be reasonable.

For important links, and more information about admission requirements and the admissions process including a complete Application Checklist, please visit:

For more information about the Department's degree programs, please contact Joy Miller, Academic Affairs Officer for Epidemiology at