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In addition to their research, Clinical Scholars participate in a core curriculum developed and taught by UCLA Clinical Scholars Program faculty.  The curriculum emphasizes principles and methods of social science as applied to health services and community-based participatory research; measurement of quality of care, health, and functional status; evaluation techniques; biostatistics; scientific writing; and health policy analysis.  Faculty have also added to our existing curriculum by developing courses and seminars on qualitative research methods, survey design, quality improvement and organizational change, health issues in psychiatry, law and ethics, sociology and minority issues of health disparities, just to name a few. The Pathways to Leadership Seminar series has also provided Scholars an opportunity to hear about the career path and the leadership training of local and national leaders such as Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and Chair of the Clinical Center Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gerald Levey, former Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Dr. Mitchell Katz, Clinical Scholars Alumnus and Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.  Clinical Scholars also have the option of enrolling in a formal Masters of Science in Health Services (MSHS) degree in the UCLA School of Public Health.

UCLA Clinical Scholars have diverse research and clinical interests.  At times, the above courses do not meet all of their needs.  Thus, the Scholars are encouraged to explore other options, which might include defining an individual course of study in various educational institutions supporting the Clinical Scholars Program such as the UCLA Schools of Public Health and Public Policy, other UCLA graduate schools, and the RAND Graduate School.

Additionally, advanced elective experiences are available in supervised policy placements in Washington, D.C. or Sacramento, and in the use of media to improve community health, building on the diverse media resources in Los Angeles.