Health Management and Policy

Major: Health Management and Policy
Degree Awarded: Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 56.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.0701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

The MPH program provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to make a difference in today’s public health world. The full-time program is structured on a quarter basis with 56.0 total credit hours required for completion of the degree over five quarters. Full-time MPH students select a major at the time of application.

Training the next generation of public health practitioners and leaders to take on management and policy roles that will improve population health and health care delivery at the local and national levels is the work of the Department of Health Management and Policy (HMP). Students concentrate in either management or health policy, and are prepared to plan, implement, evaluate and operate effective, community-responsive programs and organizations that can bring about positive change. Recognizing that almost all policy impacts health, faculty train students to develop skills in management, organization, finance, advocacy, political action, research, and public policy.

Competencies:

  • Analyze the government powers and restraints that underlie the development and implementation of a public health program or policy
  • Apply financial tools and measures to assure effective resource use in achieving population health improvement objectives 
  • Analyze the evolution of healthcare policy over the past century and its bearing on the future of population health in the United States
  • Apply population health principles in assessing value-based healthcare delivery and financing strategies
  • Contribute to the development of an evidence-informed program or policy proposal that addresses an important urban public health problem  

Management Track

  • Develop evidence-based recommendations to address complex management and organizational issues in health care
  • Understand the principles of business and strategic planning and their relationship to needs and values of the community
  • As a health leader, develop self-knowledge, interpersonal effectiveness, and well-being

Policy Track

  • Propose evidence-based policy options to improve the health of populations
  • Apply economic theory to understand policy changes and the implications of these changes for as they relate to the possible tradeoff between efficiency and equity

Additional Information

For more information about the program, contact:

Allison Keene, MS
Program Manager

Dornsife School of Public Health
Drexel University
Nesbitt Hall 332
3215 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
ah849@drexel.edu
267.359.6032

Additional information can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website.

Admission Requirements

The School of Public Health seeks students with intellectual and interpersonal competencies as well as those with potential for leadership. The school has set a high priority on establishing a student body that is representative of the nation's population. We strive to recruit and to admit applicants from underrepresented minority groups who can contribute to the richness of our student population and to that of the nation's public health professionals.

Admissions Process

  • The Admissions Committee carefully reviews applications and gives personal essays and letters of recommendation particular attention.
  • The selection process weighs prior academic and personal accomplishments, emphasizing demonstrated leadership.
  • Diversity of background and outside interests, depth of self-appraisal, commitment to public health, and working with individuals are highly valued.
  • Prior work experience in a field related to public health is highly recommended.

Applicants should have:

  • Satisfactorily completed an undergraduate bachelor degree program in an accredited US college or university, or its equivalent in another country
  • A course in Statistics is highly recommended
  • Six undergraduate or graduate credits in the social or behavioral sciences and three in the biological sciences are preferred, but not required
  • Satisfactory results from one of the following taken within the past five years (the GRE or GMAT is preferred):
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
    • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
    • Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose first language is not English

Please note: The Dornsife School of Public Health's code for submitting GRE scores is 2194. The SOPHAS GRE school code is 7890.

The Application Process also requires:

  • Completion of the Schools of Public Health Common Application.
  • A personal essay describing what you perceive to be pressing public health issues, why a career in the field appeals to you, and how it will use your strengths and commitment
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV

Applicants to the joint MD/MPH program must be accepted to both the Drexel College of Medicine and the Dornsife School of Public Health.

Degree Requirements

MPH Foundations Courses
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
Foundation Courses
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 510Evolution of United States Health Policy3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
Social Determinants (select one)3.0
Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic
Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Justice
Perspectives on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class
Issues in United States Health Policy
Violence, Trauma and Adversity in Public Health
Public Health Leadership
Management Concentration or Policy Concentration (select one)9.0
Management Concentration
Healthcare Planning Principles and Practice
Health Organizational Leadership
Health Care Organizations and Management
Policy Concentration
Outcomes and Impact Evaluation
Policy Analysis for Population Health
Health Economics I
Electives *9.0
Health Management and Policy
Public Health Advocacy and Activism
Seminar in Fire Arms and Public Health
The Politics of Food & Gender
Health Systems Policy Analysis
Management of Healthcare Outcomes
Managing a Public Health Agency
Change Management in Public Health
Fundamentals of Disaster Management
Public Health Funding & Program Development
Coordinating a Population's Care
Organizational Finance Seminar: Case Studies in Health Care
Health Care Strategy and Operations: Creating Change
Health Care Data Analytics
Introduction to GIS for Public Health
Using Data to Drive Policy and Practice
Health and Human Rights
Health Services Research
Qualitative Methods for Health Policy Research and Practice
Cost Benefit Analysis for Health Services
Methods in Implementation Science
Health Economics I
Health Economics II
Epidemiology/Biostatistics Electives
Introduction to Statistical Computing
Intermediate SAS
Epidemiology of Cancer
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Perinatal Epidemiology
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology & Prevention
Making Sense of Data
Pharmacoepidemiology
Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research
Data Science Using R
Autism as a Public Health Challenge
Community Health and Prevention Electives
Multi-Method Data Analysis in Community Health & Prevention
Overview of Maternal and Child Health
Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health
Prevention Principles and Practices
Community Based Prevention Practices
Outcomes and Impact Evaluation
Public Health Ethics
Animals and Public Health
Drug Use and Public Health
Multicultural Competence in Community Health and Prevention
Community Organizing and Community Assessment for Health and Wellness
Theory and Practice in Health Communication
Outcomes Assessment of Community Health and Prevention
Research with Rare, Stigmatized and Hidden Populations
LGBT Health Disparities
Intersectional Perspectives
Public Health Practice in and with Latino Communities
Migration and Health
Theory & Practice of Community Health & Prevention I
Theory & Practice of Community Health and Prevention II
Research Methods for Community Health and Prevention
Qualitative Research in Community Health
Community Based Participatory Research
Public Health Ethics
Measuring Health
Environmental and Occupational Health Electives
Overview of Issues in Global Health
Injury Prevention and Control
Safety in Healthcare
Environmental and Occupational Toxicology
Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
Environmental Hazard Assessment
Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
Environmental Health Risk and Impact Assessment
Environmental and Occupational Health
Healthy Housing & Built Environment
Exposure Assessment
Environmental Health in Vulnerable Populations
Public Health and Disaster Preparedness
Occupational and Environmental Cancers
Microbes and Public Health Practice
Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Environment
Public Health Impacts of Global Climate Change
Crisis and Risk Communication in Public Health
Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health
Integrative Learning Experience4.0
An additional 3-credits (7-credits in total) could be earned by means of a more intensive/extensive culminating learning experience, if approved by the faculty advisor and Department Chairperson. The number of credits to be earned will depend on the scope and breadth of effort undertaken by the student to complete this academic requirement. Increasing the number of credits taken to satisfy the master's project requirement will require students to reduce the number of elective credits taken.
Total Credits56.0

Sample Plan of Study

Fall Start Sample Management Concentration

First Year
FallCredits
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
 Term Credits11.0
Winter
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
HMP 513Healthcare Planning Principles and Practice3.0
HMP 516Health Care Organizations and Management3.0
Elective Course3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Second Year
Fall
HMP 510Evolution of United States Health Policy3.0
HMP 515Health Organizational Leadership3.0
HMP 750Integrative Learning Experience2.0
Elective Course3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Winter
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
HMP 751Integrative Learning Experience II2.0
Elective Course3.0
Social Determinants Elective3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 56.0

Fall Start Sample Policy Concentration

First Year
FallCredits
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
 Term Credits11.0
Winter
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
HMP 510Evolution of United States Health Policy3.0
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
Elective3.0
Social Determinants Elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Second Year
Fall
HMP 514Policy Analysis for Population Health3.0
HMP 750Integrative Learning Experience2.0
HMP 852Health Economics I3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Winter
CHP 605Outcomes and Impact Evaluation3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
HMP 751Integrative Learning Experience II2.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 56.0

Spring Start Sample Management Concentration

First Year
Spring
Elective3.0
Elective3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Summer
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Second Year
Fall
HMP 510Evolution of United States Health Policy3.0
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
HMP 515Health Organizational Leadership3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Winter
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
HMP 750Integrative Learning Experience2.0
Social Determinants Elective3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 513Healthcare Planning Principles and Practice3.0
HMP 516Health Care Organizations and Management3.0
HMP 751Integrative Learning Experience II2.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 56.0

Spring Start Sample Policy Concentration

First Year
Spring
Elective3.0
Elective3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Summer
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Second Year
Fall
HMP 510Evolution of United States Health Policy3.0
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
HMP 852Health Economics I3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Winter
CHP 605Outcomes and Impact Evaluation3.0
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
HMP 750Integrative Learning Experience2.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 514Policy Analysis for Population Health3.0
HMP 751Integrative Learning Experience II2.0
Social Determinants Elective3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 56.0
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