Last Updated on August 12, 2023 by Oluwajuwon Alvina
Financial assistance for graduate study at USC is available from several sources:
USC Financial Aid Office
The USC Financial Aid Office administers federal aid programs and provides information about private financing programs. The Graduate School administers several fellowship programs and provides information about funding from sources outside the university. Several federal agencies and private foundations offer support for students engaged in research in specific fields of study. In addition, many corporations provide fellowships or tuition reimbursement for their employees.Visit
USC Graduate School
The Graduate School administers several fellowship programs and provides information about funding from sources outside the university. Several federal agencies and private foundations offer support for students engaged in research in specific fields of study. In addition, many corporations provide fellowships or tuition reimbursement for their employees.Visit
Public Health Connection
USC Public Health Career Services curates opportunities specifically for Department of Population and Public Health Sciences students and recent alumni in Public Health Connection, a private employment database. In addition to job postings, the listings include scholarships, fellowships and internships.Visit
Scholarship, fellowship and financial assistance information for students in the public health and population sciences can be found at:
Master’s Program Scholarship Opportunities
Beginning in Fall 2020, scholarship opportunities will be made available to Keck School of Medicine of USC MS programs to help reduce the financial burden of the tuition cost for students and incentivize the recruitment of students.Visit
USC Awards and Fellowships Database
The Awards and Fellowships Database is a searchable resource for opportunities available at USC.Visit
Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health offers a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities and search resources for public health students
UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements
See UCLA’s minimum requirements for all graduate program applicants.
Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements
In addition to the University’s minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit the program application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS] and a statement of purpose.
Prior academic or professional experience in public health or a related field is not required as a condition of admission. Applications are reviewed by the department that corresponds with the concentration offered by the program. Applicants requiring assistance in deciding on a concentration should speak either to a department administrator or to staff in the Student Affairs Office.
Applicants must perform satisfactorily on the verbal and quantitative sections of a recent Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and have the requisite coursework needed for the concentration area. Applicants whose undergraduate coursework is deficient may be admitted but will be required to take specified undergraduate courses upon matriculation. At the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academics, the GRE may be waived for applicants who hold a doctoral degree from a U.S. university and have at least five years of relevant postdoctoral experience.
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The Biostatistics concentration requires satisfactory completion of at least one year of college-level calculus. Students who lack proficiency in calculus will be required to take undergraduate courses in calculus upon matriculation.
Community Health Sciences:The Community Health Sciences concentration has no additional admissions requirements.
Environmental Health Sciences
The Environmental Health Sciences concentration requires a bachelor’s degree in environmental health, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, environmental science, or a related field. Applicants with non-science majors must have completed one college-level course in each of the following: (1) calculus, linear algebra, or statistics; (2) chemistry; and (3) biology or equivalent. Applicants who lack any prerequisites coursework at the time of application must take equivalent courses at UCLA in their first year.
The Epidemiology concentration requires one college-level course in physical sciences and at least two college-level courses in each of the following: (1) mathematics or statistics, (2) biological sciences, public health, or health sciences, (3) and social sciences.
An accelerated one-year option is available for applicants with a clinical doctorate (MD or equivalent) granted by an accredited US institution, or who are currently enrolled in a US medical school. The exact length of the program and the nature of the field placement, if any, depend on the student’s background.
The Health Management concentration has no additional admissions requirements. An accelerated one-year option is available for applicants with prior doctoral-level training (MD, JD, PhD, or equivalent). The exact length of the program and the nature of the field placement, if any, depend on the student’s background.
The Health Policy concentration has no additional admissions requirements. An accelerated one-year option is available for applicants with prior doctoral-level training (MD, JD, PhD, or equivalent). The exact length of the program and the nature of the field placement, if any, depend on the student’s background..
African Studies, M.A./Public Health, M.P.H.
The School of Public health and the African Studies Program have a concurrent degree program whereby students can pursue the M.A. degree in African Studies and the M.P.H. with a specialization in Community Health Sciences at the same time. Applicants are required to satisfy the admission requirements of both programs, and students must meet the requirements in both programs to be awarded the degrees. Applicants interested in this concurrent program should contact the African Studies program, and the Student Affairs Office, School of Public health.
Asian American Studies, M.A./Public health, M.P.H.
The Asian American Studies Department and the Department of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health offer a concurrent degree program whereby students can work for the M.A. in Asian American Studies and the M.P.H. Students must complete the program requirements for both degrees. When applying, the same statement of purpose may be submitted to each program. Applicants interested in this concurrent program should contact the Asian American Studies Department and the Student Affairs Office, School of Public Health.
Latin American Studies, M.A./Public Health, M.P.H.
The School of Public Health and the Latin American Studies Program have arranged an articulated degree program, organized to permit specializations within the M.A. and the M.P.H. degrees, with the award of both degrees after approximately three years of graduate study. Qualified students apply to the Latin American Studies Program and to a relevant area of public health, such as: (1) environmental and nutritional sciences; (2) epidemiology; (3) health education; or (4) population and family health.
Potential applicants should contact the Graduate Adviser in Latin American Studies and/or the Public Health/Latin American Studies Articulated Degree Program Adviser, School of Public Health.