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Health Policy and Leadership

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in health policy and leadership attracts students who have a strong desire to address the social determinants of health and the complex organizational and policy challenges characteristic of current health systems. Students are trained in health policy analysis and development, communication, advocacy, and civil engagement as well as health organization management and leadership, economics, negotiation, and strategic planning. Our students are prepared for a broad array of careers at the intersection of health, health policy, management, and public health. Graduates work in health and public health agencies at the local, state, federal, and international levels, community organizations, advocacy organizations, and health care organizations including hospitals, health clinics, and medical groups. Students have the unique advantage of studying in an institution that is part of a health system with more than 80 hospitals across the United States and hospitals in over 21 countries on 6 continents. Learner outcomes Upon completion of this degree, the graduate should be able to: • Identify social, political, economic and legal factors which contribute to disparities in health care and population health. • Develop, analyze, evaluate, and advocate for policy to improve the health status of populations. • Produce and distribute health policy communications for decision makers and other intended stakeholders. • Demonstrate leadership, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to build consensus, partnerships and coalitions. • Adhere to professional ethics while promoting a high standard of personal integrity, compassion, and respect for others. Job trends • Graduates are involved in developing and analyzing local, state, federal and international policies that affect public health. • Graduates provide leadership in policy analysis and advocacy in health-care delivery settings, advocacy organizations, governmental and nonprofit agencies, community-based organizations, consulting firms, and federal health agencies. • Graduates provide leadership in negotiations and conflict resolution in health-care settings. • Graduates can provide leadership in strategic planning for healthcare organizations. Educational effectiveness indicators Program learner outcomes as evidenced by: • Signature assignments linked to course and non course requirements • Field practicum report • Culminating experience Individuals who may benefit from the program Participants will be drawn primarily from public health; but they also will be drawn from health care, higher education, community-based organizations, and those working in public policy. This program is specifically designed for individuals interested in multidisciplinary approaches to problem solving and creating a healthier future.

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Admissions Note

Loma Linda University, School of Public Health has a rolling admissions for our MPH programs only. We will accept and examine applications as they are received, instead of waiting to judge all applications concurrently. This gives you the advantage of finding out early on whether or not you have been accepted. Admission Requirements (in addition to the required program requirements) include: 1. Transcripts from all universities attended 2. Official GRE (or equivalent) scores - applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and higher or with program specific/relative work experience can request a GRE waiver. Waiver only applies to the master's programs and is determined on a case by case basis. Please contact Stephen Sledge at to see if you qualify. 3. Three letters of recommendation (preferably two academic and one professional) 4. Secondary application (emailed to you once SOPHAS application is verified and complete) International application may require additional documentation (see link below) For GRE scores, even though we do not have a minimum GRE score requirement, 30th percentile or higher in each of the three sections of the GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) is considered competitive. If you have questions contact Alumni Profiles:


Fall 2017 | US applicants: 9/10/2017

Winter 2018 | International applicants: 10/1/2017

Winter 2018 | US applicants: 11/9/2017

Spring 2018 | International applicants: 11/9/2017

Spring 2018 | US applicants: 11/9/2017

Summer 1 2018 | International applicants: 11/9/2017

Summer 1 2018 | US applicants: 11/9/2017

Fall 2018 | International applicants: 11/9/2017

Fall 2018 | US applicants: 11/9/2017

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    Loma Linda University School of Public Health


    Loma Linda, CA

    Office of Admissions

    Office of Admissions and Academic Records, Nichol Hall 1705, Loma Linda, CA, 92350

    Tel: (909) 558-8776

    Fax: (909) 558-4087


    Loma Linda University School of Public Health

    Loma Linda University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. LLUSPH is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). We’re the only accredited Christian school of Public Health in the state of California. 


    Public Health is at the heart of the mission of Loma Linda University Health (LLUH). The school of public health, founded in 1967, continues to be the hub for public health initiatives at LLUH, a Seventh-day Adventist Christian organization. Our commitment to our students is an exceptional learning experience that instills confidence and skills that shape leaders in public health and beyond.


    LLUH’s mission is to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ, “To make man whole.” We believe wholeness is the harmonious relationship that exists when healthy individuals are able to thrive in resilient communities supported by sustainable systems of health. We prepare our students to view public health challenges from a global lens and with an eye on equity. Match your passion and drive with a hands on learning experience through our master’s and doctoral programs. 

    Working Professionals 

    We are the only school of public health in the country that offers an MBA in Health Care Administration. If you’re a working professional, our MBA degree incorporates time spent in a management or business setting toward degree requirements. With our online offerings, you can learn around your busy schedules. Our online programs include the MPH and DrPH in Health Education, MPH in Population Medicine, and MPH in Lifestyle Medicine. 

    Peace Corps 

    The LLU School of Public Health is partnered with the Peace Corps for our Master’s International Program (MIP) and Fellows/USA programs. MPH/MIP students complete coursework on the Loma Linda campus in one of seven majors at LLUSPH before entering the Peace Corps to fulfill the field experience requirement. If you are a returning Peace Corps volunteer, you are eligible to enter the Fellows/USA program where you can gain credit for your overseas experiences. 


    Faculty – Public health professionals who back up their scholastic teaching with real-world experience teach our programs. At LLUSPH there is approximately one faculty for every 10 students in our programs. 


    Local and Global – Take your passion all over the world. We belong to an international network of 29 hospitals and clinics in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Locally, in San Bernardino, CA, we offer opportunities with programs, projects, centers, and active grants for students to gain practical experience in the field of public health. 


    Career Services – LLUSPH recognizes that education is a means to an end. Our career center offers workshops on topics ranging from how to use professional software, writing a lit review, plagiarism and abstracts that get read. The career center also offers help on resumes, cover letters, interview skills, how to dress, and everything you need to know in and outside of the classroom. 


    Interdisciplinary – We are right next to the Loma Linda University Medical Center, a world class teaching hospital and 8 schools including Nursing, Pharmacy, Religion, Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine and Public Health. The close proximity to other schools and professions, all within walking distance, offers many opportunities for collaboration. 


    Start Today – Start the application process now. There has never been a better time to join and grow the field of public health. 

    MPH | MS – rolling admissions MBA | DrPH | PhD – fall enrollment only

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    To get more information about LLU School of Public Health’s programs, please visit our website or call (909) 558-8776 to speak to an admissions counselor.

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