Master of Science in Community Health Sciences

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The Master of Science in Community Health Sciences is a research-oriented degree that emphasizes community or psychosocial research within the general field of public health. It includes (1) the development of a thesis or (2) the completion of a comprehensive exam and a major written report.

The Masters Handbook provides an in depth description of course and degree requirements, policies followed by the department, information about comprehensive exams and the Masters thesis.

Specializations and Certifications

Masters students have the option to focus their studies in certain specific areas.

  • Health Promotion/Health Education Specialization
  • Population & Reproductive Health Certificate
  • Child and Family Health Leadership Training Program Certificate
  • Emergency Public Health Certificate
  • Global Health Certificate

For more information, please visit the Specializations and Certifications page.

MS Alumni Testimonials

"This was such a great experience and I am so glad I could be part of it. I learned so much and all the courses challenged me to think in new ways. Though my job is a non-traditional application of public health, I love the knowledge base I attained. Thank you!"

"The CHS MSPH program is excellent. I am very satisfied with the strength of teaching, attentiveness of faculty before and after class, and the wisdom of my colleagues. I maintain that completing the MSPH program at UCLA CHS was one of the best decisions I have ever made!"

Where our students work after graduation

Community Health Sciences graduates work in:

  • Governmental public health agencies at the local, state, and national levels
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Domestic and international voluntary organizations
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Foundations
  • Schools
  • Other health and human services organizations
  • The private sector
  • Academia

You can view a full list of employers and continuing education programs here.

Prospective Students