MPH in Health Policy & Management

MPH in Health Policy & Management – Revised Curriculum for Fall 2019

MPH in Health Policy & Management prepares students to plan and manage public health programs in a variety of urban settings; analyze the impact of health and non-health policies on population health; and advocate for policies that promote the health of urban populations. It emphasizes intersectoral approaches to policy and management in urban settings and the economic dimensions of health policy. Graduates work in health and other settings as managers, policy analysts or policy advocates.  Credits: 42

Graduates plan and manage public health programs, analyze the impact of policies on population health, and design and advocate for policies that promote the health of populations.

 

Admissions Information:

Admission Requirements for all MPH concentrations
  • Completed SOPHAS application
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with GPA (overall and major) of at least 3.0 preferred
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose (recommended length is 500 words)
  • Background in the field: at least one year of experience in public health or related field
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores are required if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
  • Transcript evaluation from WES or ECE for foreign transcripts
Additional Admission Requirements Preferred but not required: three undergraduate courses (9 credits) in one or more of the following disciplines: Economics, Accounting, Business Administration, Public Policy, Urban Affairs, Political Science, Management or Sociology.
Apply All degree-seeking students must complete the SOPHAS application.

DEADLINES
Fall Semester:  
March 1, 2019

 

Curriculum

Foundational Knowledge (0 credits) PUBH 601 Foundations of Public Health Knowledge*
Core Coursework (15 credits) PUBH 610 Public Health Leadership & Management
PUBH 611 Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy
PUBH 612 Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
PUBH 613 Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research
PUBH 614 Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research
Required Coursework (15 credits) HPAM 620 Public Health Management
HPAM 621 Health Economics
HPAM 622 Public Health and Health Care Law
HPAM 623 Comparative Analysis of Urban Health Care Systems or HPAM 624 Public Health Advocacy
HPAM 625 Public Health Policy Analysis
Elective Coursework (6 credits) Two (2) electives chosen in consultation with faculty advisor
Practice Experience (3 credits) PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork
Culminating Experience (3 credits) PUBH 698 Capstone Project
Total Credits Required 42

*PUBH 601 must be completed during a student’s first semester. Students who obtained a bachelor’s degree from a CEPH-accredited college will be waived from this requirement.

Core Competencies:

  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
  • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs
  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
  • Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue
  • Apply concepts from relevant scientific disciplines, such as toxicology and physiology, to anticipate effects of environmental, occupational and nutritional exposures on both human health and overall planetary health.


Concentration Competencies:

  • Apply relevant theoretical/conceptual models and leadership principles to developing health policy and administrating health programs
  • Evaluate public health programs and health policies and apply evaluation results to their improvement
  • Identify and discuss the partnership and collaborative skills needed to develop effective public health programs and policies
  • Analyze and critically evaluate theoretical and conceptual models used to describe the U.S. health care system and the delivery of health care
  • Apply strategies for advocating for effective public health policies and programs
  • Identify and analyze the legal, economic, ethical and health bases and implications of public health policies that affect urban populations
  • Identify non-public health policies and describe how they can mitigate or exacerbate health disparities and influence the health of urban populations
  • Apply economic concepts and theories to the analysis of health care policy and management issues that inform decision-making and policy development
For students beginning their program during the fall semester:
Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Fall PUBH 601: Foundations of Public Health Knowledge* 0
PUBH 610: Public Health Leadership and Management 3
PUBH 611: Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy 3
PUBH 612: Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions 3
PUBH 613: Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research 3
Year 1 Spring PUBH 614: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research 3
HPAM 620: Public Health Management 3
HPAM 621: Health Economics 3
Elective I 3
Year 2 Fall PUBH 696: Supervised Fieldwork 3
HPAM 622: Public Health and Health Care Law 3
HPAM 623: Comparative Analyses of Urban Health Care Systems or HPAM 624 Public Health Advocacy 3
HPAM 625: Public Health Policy Analysis 3
Year 2 Spring PUBH 698: Capstone Project 3
Elective II 3
For students beginning their program during the spring semester:
Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Spring PUBH 601: Foundations of Public Health Knowledge* 0
PUBH 610: Public Health Leadership and Management 3
PUBH 611: Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy 3
PUBH 612: Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions 3
PUBH 613: Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research 3
Year 1 Fall PUBH 614: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research 3
HPAM 622: Public Health and Health Care Law 3
HPAM 623: Comparative Analyses of Urban Health Care Systems or HPAM 624 Public Health Advocacy 3
Elective I 3
Year 2 Spring PUBH 696: Supervised Fieldwork 3
HPAM 620: Public Health Management 3
HPAM 621: Health Economics 3
Year 2 Fall PUBH 698: Capstone Project 3
HPAM 625: Public Health Policy Analysis 3
Elective II 3

*PUBH 601 must be completed during a student’s first semester. Students who obtained a bachelor’s degree from a CEPH-accredited college will be waived from this requirement.