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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.
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.
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.
The Master of Science (MS) degree in biostatistics is a two-year curriculum emphasizing statistical methods, data analysis, and computing, as well as some epidemiology methods. It is intended for health professionals and other professionals who want to add biostatistics to their competencies.
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:
More information about these areas of specialization can be found in the Biostatistics and Nutrition program sections of the University Catalog.
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.
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.
Our PB-Certificate Programs (i.e., those that are at least 27 units) will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid if they are taken as stand-alone programs (i.e., not taken in addition to a degree program).
The Loma Linda University School of Public Health offers public health certificates in various programs for those seeking to further develop their professional skills. Instruction for the certificate program is provided primarily by School of Public Health faculty members on campus during quarter terms.
Students must follow course registration procedures,with a minimum of 27 units required for a certificate. No more than 9 units may be shared with a concurrent degree program.
In general, certification program courses are taught in the same format as other on-campus courses. These courses have the same course requirements and credit units as those applicable to degree programs. Certificate courses are tailored to the adult learner, with clear application and examples from the public health professional world.
The Loma Linda University School of Public Health offers the following certificate programs: