Program Description

Leadership is about the future, about creating opportunities, hope and a sense of purpose. The Doctor of Public Health degree in health policy and leadership at Loma Linda University provides a wonderful opportunity to serve at the very heart of the intersection of leadership and policy. Indeed, the rapidly changing health and health care landscapes—marked by significant health disparities and varied challenges—demands a diversity of leadership talents. Thus, coursework addresses leadership and management issues, community engagement and advocacy, policy analysis and development, and ethics and research methods. Furthermore, the curriculum requires hands-on practical experience and a substantive project which addresses a leadership or policy problem. The program’s goal is preparing graduates for success in leadership positions which have a major influence on health-related policies and programs.

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Program Length

3 - 5 years

Possible Careers

University professors, positions requiring leadership, scholarship, effective communication, systems thinking and community building, mid-level positions within private and government health care organizations, health-related non-profits

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the entrance requirements for all Dr.P.H. degrees, each applicant to the Dr.P.H. degree program must have:

  1. M.P.H. degree in health education, health behavior, or health promotion; or a master's degree in a health-related field preferred
  2. Three to five years of health related work experience
  3. Transcripts from all universities attended
  4. Three letters of reference
  5. Official GRE scores (scores in the 40th percentile and above in each of the three test sections is considered competitive)
  6. GPA of 3.5 or higher


See entrance requirements for all Dr.P.H. degrees. ( A CEPH-accredited MPH is preferred. Otherwise, for standard DrPH corequisites see: (

Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $27,000 $30,000 $10,000
Fees $2,985 $3,980 $3,980
Books & Supplies $1,800
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms) $348 $392 $392
Total $32,133 $34,372 $14,372


Expected costs for the 2023-2024 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Months enrolled 9 12 12
Food and Housing $17,280 $23,040 $23,040
Transportation $3,150 $4,200 $4,200
Miscellaneous Personal Costs $2,700 $3,600 $3,600


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.