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Public Health Management and Policy

Welcome to the Public Health Management and Policy Concentration!

The Public Health Management and Policy (PHMP) concentration focuses on the structure and administration of public health organizations and the policies that impact health programs and reimbursement of health services. The concentration encompasses two of the major roles of leaders in public health. The roles of manager and policy developer are often, although not always, performed by the same individuals, and the skills required for these roles overlap a great deal. To manage an organization, skills in accounting, financial management, human resources, strategic and program planning, operations research, economics, and monitoring outcome measures are essential. Development, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of government policies require analytic skills and social skills, as well as a deep understanding of politics.

Students interested in PHMP come from a variety of backgrounds. Many of them have majored in business or finance in their undergraduate programs, although students from the social and basic sciences, as well as many other fields, often find their way to PHMP. Another large group has health professional backgrounds. These individuals are either current students of a health profession or they have assumed administrative and/or leadership positions in public health, without the benefit of appropriate training in management and policy.

Career opportunities in public health administration and policy are widely available in health agencies at all levels – federal, state, and local. MPH graduates with a PHMP concentration are also employed in research and policy institutes, foundations, professional organizations, and the healthcare industry.

Faculty in the Department of Health Services Research, Management, and Policy teach courses and advise students in the public health management and policy concentration. The curriculum is designed to enable students to develop competence in very specific PHMP skills. In addition to the 16 credits of public health core courses, PHMP students are required to take 15 hours of core courses covering health care organization and management, fiscal responsibility, policy analysis, and evidence-based management of public health programs. In addition, students may select 6 credits of coursework from approved lists of options in public health management, public policy, or pharmaceutical use and policy. The program of study is completed with up to 6 credits of public health electives and a special project, which is usually an internship in a public health agency or organization, but may also be a research project.

Click below to view full criteria for the 48-credit and accelerated 42-credit MPH programs.

Click here to review the competencies expected of graduates of the Public Health Management and Policy concentration and the courses that contribute to them.

Click below for descriptions of the PHMP concentration core and elective courses.