Major Preparation in the Fielding School of Public Health

The mission of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is to enhance the public’s health by training future leaders and health professionals from diverse backgrounds, conducting innovative research, translating research into policy and practice, and serving our local communities and those of the nation and the world. The goal is to foster a community of inclusion in which historically and socially marginalized and underserved students, staff, and faculty are represented, respected, and in positions to effect change.

Both the B.A. in public health and B.S. in public health train in public health concepts and approaches, including defining issues, assessing populations, gathering evidence, analyzing data and evaluating public health efforts. Through coursework and a two-quarter capstone experience, students in both majors are equipped to pursue multiple career pathways or seek further graduate studies in the health sciences depending on their interests.

The B.A. in public health is best suited for students who are interested in artistic, business, economic, legal, linguistic, media and policy applications of public health, and need a scientific background to understand the health factors involved.

The B.S. in public health is best suited for students interested in science-based approaches to public health.

Admission to both majors is competitive and will be based on progress towards completing the preparation coursework, grades, extracurricular activities, and your responses to personal insight questions. Applicants must have a 3.2 GPA at the time of application. Students are admitted directly into either major and are not able to change into either public health major after admission to UCLA. 

Key Points

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • IGETC required: No, but strongly encouraged
  • Double-major possible: No
  • Supplemental application required: No

Major Preparation for Individual Majors

Select your major or area below to learn about the required lower-division preparatory coursework.

Public Health (B.A.)

Public Health (B.S.)


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