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Health Policy and Leadership

The Dr.P.H. degree curriculum in health policy and leadership emphasizes a mixture of professional and academic skills, such as leadership and management, finance and philanthropy, community engagement and advocacy, policy analysis and development, ethics, and research methods. The current, rapidly changing health and healthcare landscapes—marked by significant health disparities and varied challenges—demands a diversity of leadership talents. Moreover, creative approaches are needed to meet these challenges. The Doctor of Public Health degree in health policy and leadership at Loma Linda University provides a unique and wonderful opportunity to serve at the very heart of the intersection of leadership and policy, preparing participants for success in leadership positions that have major influence on policies, programs and the public health system. In respecting their experience and backgrounds, participants in the program may also be called co-learners to emphasize the collegiate and peer-learning environment, including their interaction with faculty members and other mentors. As part of their degree requirements, participants prepare a dissertation. The dissertation will address a problem or issue of interest and of practical relevance to an organization. The dissertation may deal with needs assessment, benchmark study, program design and development, program implementation, program evaluation, or some combination of the above. The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree is the highest professional degree for the public health generalist. Participants will focus on public health practice and demonstrate broad knowledge related to professional skills. Consistent with the department's intentional interdisciplinary approach to doctoral education, this Dr.P.H. degree program offers learners the opportunity to customize an academic plan designed to fulfill their program requirements through unique core courses and a variety of electives offered by the School of Public Health. With approval, in developing their academic plan, learners may also identify courses offered throughout Loma Linda University. Drawing from resources in the School of Public Health and the program faculty's training and expertise in management, leadership, and policy, participants are able to develop leadership skills and competencies in selected policy areas, such as: 1. Health services and health care 2. Systems design and organizational change 3. Health disparities and health equity 4. Food and nutrition 5. Mother-infant health 6. Poverty and social welfare 7. Behavior and mental health 8. Water, air quality, and the built environment 9. Nonprofits and philanthropy 10. Resource development and generation Learning outcomes The Health Policy and Leadership Program has five additional learning outcomes. 1. Leadership and management: Engage in reflective leadership and demonstrate understanding of a broad range of management and leadership issues, including governance, valuing diversity, planning,conflict resolution, and change processes. 2. Health policy: Demonstrate understanding of health policy development. 3. Ethics and equity: Demonstrate commitment to ethical choices and values of justice and equity, including skills in policy advocacy. 4. Community and population health: Demonstrate understanding of principles of community building, social determinants of health, and the delivery, quality, and costs of health and health care for individuals and populations. 5. Scholarship: Demonstrate skills in evaluating, conducting, and reporting research. Educational effectiveness indicators • Comprehensive examination • Dissertation proposal defense (qualifying examination) • Advancement to candidacy • Publishable research paper • Dissertation defense Individuals who may benefit from the program Given the context of Loma Linda University, participants will be midlevel to senior-level managers in public health, health care, public and government agencies, higher education, social welfare organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations (CBOs), and other related groups. Consistent with the program's focus on social determinants of health to promote health equity, individuals from non health sectors are encouraged to apply. Two important requirements for those admitted into the program are that: (a) they will have had sufficient experience in the workplace (three or more years), and (b) they are currently employed in an organization that is supportive of their degree program and the unique requirement to develop a “learning environment” at the workplace.

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Admissions Note

Doctoral applications are accepted once a year for the Fall term (beginning in September). The deadline for doctoral applications (SOPHAS application, LLU Secondary application, and all supporting documents submitted to LLU) is February 15th. Applications will be held until the deadline then forwarded to the program director and doctoral committee for review and a decision. Admission Requirements (in addition to the required program requirements for all DrPH degrees (, include all transcripts, official GRE (or equivalent) scores, three letters of recommendation (preferably two academic and one professional), and a secondary application (emailed to you once SOPHAS application is verified and complete) For GRE scores, even though we do not have a minimum GRE score requirement, 50th percentile or higher in each of the three sections of the GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) is considered competitive. International application may require additional documentation (see link below) If you have questions contact Alumni Profiles:


Fall 2018 | All applicants: 2/1/2018

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    Loma Linda University School of Public Health


    Loma Linda, CA

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    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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