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Academics

Programs at the LLU School of Public Health

Learn more about the many program options available:

Master's Degree Programs

Doctoral Degree Programs

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Master's Degree Programs

The Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Science (MS) degree programs are designed for those seeking graduate-level competencies in public health, health administration, nutrition, and biostatistics.

MPH

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is designed to provide broad preparation in the fundamentals of public health, while offering opportunity for specialization in interest areas.

The degree is offered with major concentrations in:

Second major concentrations can be added in addition to the primary major.

MBA

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program is designed to develop the management and administrative skills of those involved in the public and private health care industries.

The MBA degree provides a broad understanding of health care management and hands-on experience in applying learned principles. The program is designed for those whose professional objective is a career in health care management. The program features a residency period that provides experience in a health care organization.

Graduates are prepared for careers at upper administrative levels in health care organizations – including hospitals, public agencies, health-care networks, group practices, long-term care, and managed care.

MS

The Master of Science degree in nutrition is offered to meet the specific needs of those who desire advanced training in nutritional sciences. The MS degree in nutrition aims to:

  • Provide a basic science approach to understanding advanced areas in human nutrition
  • Enhance research skills by developing or applying advanced laboratory techniques in human nutrition research

More information about these areas of specialization can be found in the Biostatistics and Nutrition program sections of the University Catalog.

Doctoral Degree Programs

DrPH

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree is designed to provide comprehensive academic and research training in the field of public health. Students may enroll on a full or part-time basis; however, they must advance to candidacy within five years of entering the program. Majors are available in the following areas:

The doctoral programs offer training for careers in which advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required. Students research and dissertations are key components in the development of critical thinking related to public health and their major fields.

A minimum of two years is generally required to complete course work if full-time, though the number of units required depends on the specific major chosen. Time to dissertation completion is variable.

Students whose academic backgrounds include substantial graduate study in public health and/or the major field may be granted advanced standing. The number of course work units required to complete the program may be reduced accordingly, but is not to be fewer than 60 units plus dissertation units at Loma Linda University.

PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology is currently offered to qualified individuals and offers comprehensive research and academic training. The program is specifically targeted to doctoral-level health professionals who want to move into a research and academic career. However, those with a master’s degree in a relevant field and with documented research experience are also eligible for this program.

Students may enroll on a full or part-time basis, and in either case must advance to candidacy within five years of entering the program. Student research and dissertation are key components in the development of critical thinking.

Course work is generally completed in two years, if full-time. Time to completion of dissertation is variable.

Students whose academic backgrounds include substantial graduate study in a related field may be granted advanced standing. The number of course work units required to complete the program may be reduced accordingly, but is not to be fewer than 60 units plus dissertation units at Loma Linda University.

Online Education

We offer a number of opportunities at the Master’s level completely online. If you choose to study at Loma Linda, we have hybrid courses that allow you to learn online while taking advantage of all the extras our campus has to offer.

Peace Corps

Master’s International/Master of Public Health (MIP/MPH) students complete course work in global health at the School of Public Health Loma Linda campus. They then enter the Peace Corps in fulfillment of the master’s field experience requirement.

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