Health Management and Policy DrPH

Major: Health Management and Policy
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 69.0 (DrPH)
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.0701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

The Dornsife School of Public Health offers a doctoral program in Health Management and Policy, leading to the doctor of public health (DrPH) degree. The DrPH in Health Management and Policy equips students with the skills needed to pursue practice-based careers in health management and policy in health care, public health, or related domains in the United States and to become effective leaders at successive levels during the course of their careers.

The program is grounded in the scientific disciplines that provide the evidence base for effective health services, programs, and policies. Coursework will provide a foundation in the social, political, and historical forces that shape health care and public health systems in this country and an understanding of evolving efforts to improve health care access and value, optimize uses of health care data and information, and redefine the interface between health care and public health systems. Through coursework, the practicum experience, and the applied DrPH dissertation project, participants will explore the determinants of health and health disparities, as well as leadership, management, and policy strategies for reducing disparities by improving individual and population health.

Students will benefit from engagement with the Department of Health Management and Policy’s interdisciplinary faculty, the Dornsife School of Public Health’s emphasis on urban health and social justice, and the School’s location in Philadelphia—the 5th largest city in the United States where dynamic networks of academic, government, non-profit, and community-based organizations share a commitment to addressing health problems.

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

Earned MPH or equivalent degree.

Minimum of 2 years of work experience in health-related field (health care or public health), ideally 5 years.

Aspiration and potential to pursue practice-oriented career in health care, public health, or other health-related field (e.g., foundation, industry, start-up) and to assume leadership positions with increasing levels of responsibility over career course.

Ability to complete the required 51-credit coursework in on-campus, classroom course format in either a 2-year full-time basis or more extended part-time basis. Because students might elect to continue their careers while pursuing the degree, we anticipate that most, if not all, will pursue the part-time option. It is possible that for students who are granted exemptions or substitutions for required course or for cognate course choices, some courses might be taken in distance-based formats, including courses from the DSPH Executive MPH program.

Admission is limited, competitive, and open to students with clear career goals in health management and policy in a health care, public health, or related domain. The application package will include: undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals (including at least one from a workplace supervisor) who can evaluate the applicant’s promise as a graduate student and future health management and policy leader, official Graduate Record Examination scores (taken within the last 5 years), a written statement of career goals, doctoral program interests including a description of a potential dissertation topic and potential faculty mentors in the department, resume or curriculum vitae, and a writing sample.

Degree Requirements

U.S Health Care & Public Health Systems & Social Contexts: Policy and Practice
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
HMP 802Health and Human Rights3.0
or HMP 550 Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic
Research, Evaluation & Evidence-Based Methods in Health Care & Public Health
CHP 805Outcomes and Impact Evaluation3.0
HMP 514Policy Analysis for Population Health3.0
HMP 810Health Services Research3.0
HMP 812Qualitative Methods for Health Policy Research and Practice3.0
HMP 814Research and Practice Workshop (1.5 credits per quarter for two quarters)3.0
HMP 815Cost Benefit Analysis for Health Services3.0
Health Economics & Finance
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
HMP 852Health Economics I3.0
Leadership & Strategic Management
HMP 515Health Organizational Leadership3.0
HMP 556Public Health Leadership3.0
Cognate6.0
Students will fulfill a cognate area of specialized study by taking two Drexel University courses outside the HMP Department
Practical Experience
HMP 850Practical Experience9.0
Professional Development
HMP 816Professional Development Roundtable (1.5 credits per quarter for two quarters)3.0
Dissertation (minimum of 9 credits)9.0
DrPH Dissertation Guidance
Total Credits69.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Fall
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 810Health Services Research3.0
HMP 814Research and Practice Workshop1.5
HMP 802Health and Human Rights3.0
 Term Credits10.5
Winter
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
CHP 805Outcomes and Impact Evaluation3.0
HMP 816Professional Development Roundtable1.5
 Term Credits10.5
Spring
HMP 556Public Health Leadership3.0
HMP 514Policy Analysis for Population Health3.0
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Second Year
Fall
HMP 852Health Economics I3.0
HMP 515Health Organizational Leadership3.0
Cognate Elective #13.0
HMP 814Research and Practice Workshop1.5
 Term Credits10.5
Winter
HMP 815Cost Benefit Analysis for Health Services3.0
HMP 812Qualitative Methods for Health Policy Research and Practice3.0
Cognate Elective #23.0
HMP 816Professional Development Roundtable1.5
 Term Credits10.5
Spring
HMP 850Practical Experience9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Third Year
HMP 998*DrPH Dissertation Guidance9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 69.0
First Year (Part-Time)
Fall
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 810Health Services Research3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Winter
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Spring
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
HMP 514Policy Analysis for Population Health3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Fall
HMP 852Health Economics I3.0
HMP 814Research and Practice Workshop1.5
 Term Credits4.5
Winter
CHP 805Outcomes and Impact Evaluation3.0
HMP 812Qualitative Methods for Health Policy Research and Practice3.0
HMP 816Professional Development Roundtable1.5
 Term Credits7.5
Spring
HMP 556Public Health Leadership3.0
HMP 815Cost Benefit Analysis for Health Services3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Third Year (Part-Time)
Fall
HMP 802Health and Human Rights3.0
HMP 814Research and Practice Workshop1.5
 Term Credits4.5
Winter
HMP 515Health Organizational Leadership3.0
Cognate #13.0
HMP 816Professional Development Roundtable1.5
 Term Credits7.5
Spring
HMP 850Practical Experience3.0
Cognate #23.0
 Term Credits6.0
Summer
HMP 850Practical Experience6.0
 Term Credits6.0
Fourth Year (Part-Time)
HMP 998*DrPH Dissertation Guidance9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 69.0
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