Master of Public Health Program

Program Fees and Living Expenses


For the 2016-17 Tuition and Fees, please visit the Budget & Institutional Analysis website.  The tuition, fees and charges posted are estimates based on currently approved amounts.  The figures may not be final.  As a result of gubernatorial, legislative, Regental and/or campus action, these fees may change without notice.  Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.


For the MPH 2016-17 Estimated Student Expense Budget, please click here.  Budgets are adjusted on an annual basis.  Budget components are adjusted according to increases in the consumer price index (CPI) and/or student surveys.      


UC Davis automatically enrolls all registered students in the UC Davis Student Health Insurance Plan (Davis SHIP).  If you have comparable insurance and do not wish to be enrolled in Davis SHIP for the 2016-17 academic year, you must submit a waiver application by the stated deadlines.  More information is available at:  


Financial Aid


Financial aid for the MPH program is administered by the UC Davis Health System Financial Aid Office.    


U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens who wish to be considered for financial aid are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The federal school code is 001313.  Dream Act students are encouraged to complete the California Dream Act Application on the California Student Aid Commission’s website.  These programs are based on demonstrated financial need.  The FAFSA and the California Dream Act Application are available on January 1 each year.  Although UC Davis has a priority filing deadline of March 1, it is strongly encouraged to submit your application as early as possible.  Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until funds are exhausted.  Financial aid is awarded only to admitted students.    


Federal Direct unsubsidized and unsubsidized Graduate PLUS Loans are available to help meet the

cost of attendance beyond any grants, fellowships and outside resources awarded. 


Current medical and veterinary students, please note: You may not receive the same financial aid package for the MPH program as you do currently for your MD or DVM program.  In addition, aid packages for the MPH program are based on the 11 months of the program since the program begins in early August.  You will not receive aid for July living and transportation expenses unless you take an elective in July for your MD or DVM program.  See the appropriate personnel regarding how an additional elective might make you eligible for the additional aid for July.


Grants, Fellowships and Scholarships


Each academic year, a limited number of merit and need-based grants and fellowships are awarded. 


The Graduate Student Child Care Grant (GSCCG) is available to UC Davis students enrolled full-time in a graduate or professional degree program or on filing fee status (one term allowed). Students must have/claim dependent children 12 years old or younger in their care and must incur child care expenses.  For 2015/16, the GSCCG is a per UC student, per term flat award of up to $900 per quarter ($1350/semester). It is not based on financial need and all graduate students with documented child care expenses are entitled to this grant.  Questions should be directed to UC Davis Worklife & Wellness at 530.754.8791 or


Student Employment Opportunities


Current MPH students may have access to student teaching and research employment through one or more of the following positions:


Graduate Student Researcher (GSR)*:  A GSR is a full-time registered graduate student appointed to assist in performing research under the direction of a faculty member or authorized Principal Investigator.  Departments offer GSR positions on a limited basis and students should seek these out on their own.  Students gain valuable experience working part-time on faculty-run research projects and receive a stipend and/or tuition assistance.  To be eligible, the full-time enrolled UC Davis graduate student must be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.  GSR appointments, above 25% and not exceeding 50% time, provide full fee remission of in-state fees.  This policy is reviewed for renewal each year.


Teaching Assistant (TA)*: A TA is a full-time registered graduate student serving an apprenticeship under the supervision of a regular faculty member.  Some departments have TA positions available to a limited number of students who have substantial preparation in their area of study.  Departments offer TA positions on a limited basis and students should seek these out on their own.  TA appointments, above 25% and not exceeding 50% time, provide partial remission of in-state fees.  This policy is reviewed for renewal each year.         


The MPH program office advertises GSR and TA positions as they become available.  GSR/TA appointments will typically reduce your loan eligibility.


*A GSR or TA appointment does not cover the MPH Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) or the Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST).


External Funding Resources


Students are encouraged to independently seek funding from external funding sources. 


The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) has published a guide to financing your degree, including tips and tricks to obtaining a scholarship and a list of external funding sources for prospective students.


Scholarship Search Engines


There are many sources available for external funding searches.  These are a few websites to get started on your search:


UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies External Fellowships

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

U.S. Department of Labor's Scholarship Search Tool 

Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae

UCLA Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database

Grant Forward


Outside Funding and Scholarship Opportunities


The MPH Program office has compiled a list of Outside Funding and Scholarship Opportunities.



Other Resources


The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers.