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

Students in the Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy program learn the skills necessary to take on management and policy-making roles to improve healthcare delivery and population health at the local, state, and national levels. The program trains the next generation of public health practitioners and leaders to become agents for positive change in a dynamic and complex world who will lead in the following domains:

  • Urban Health: Manage a diverse set of healthcare and public health programs aimed at advancing the health status of people living in America’s cities. 
  • Human Rights: Assure that organizational priorities and strategies focus on improving and maintaining health as a basic human right.
  • Policy and Management Integration: Direct organizations and programs with a clear vision of how the interests of institutions and society must be considered as mutually dependent.

The curriculum provides engaging and challenging learning experiences that prepare students to lead purposeful lives in the service of healthcare and public health. Students learn to plan, implement, operate, and evaluate programs and organizations that are responsive to rapidly changing needs and entrenched in longstanding societal problems. Recognizing that health should be a component of all public policy, faculty help students to develop professional skills in management, organization, finance, advocacy, political action, research, public policy analysis, and evaluation. 

In teaching, research, and service, students, faculty, and staff engage with many community partners in common cause to contribute responsible, sustainable solutions that improve the quality of life in the region and beyond. 

Major Competencies:

  • Analyze the government powers and restraints from legal and/or historical perspectives that underlie the development and implementation of a public health program or policy
  • Apply financial and/or organizational management tools and measures to assure effective resource use in achieving population health improvement objectives
  • Assess how policy and programs can counteract the roles of history, power, privilege, and structural racism in producing health inequities
  • 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

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact:

DSPH Academic Advising Team
Office of Education

Additional information can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website, including admissions criteria and how to apply.

Degree Requirements

Public Health Foundations Courses
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology *3.0
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics *3.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis *2.0
Major Core Courses
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 550Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic3.0
Policy Selective (select one)
HMP 510Evolution of United States Health Policy3.0
or HMP 511 Legal Aspects of Public Health
Management Selective (select one)
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
or HMP 516 Health Care Organizations and Management
Social Justice/Equity Selective (select one)3.0
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 and the Complexity of Mental Health Policy: Exploring Past, Present, and Future
Public Health Advocacy and Activism
Seminar in Fire Arms and Public Health
The Politics of Food & Gender
Health Systems Policy Analysis
Coordinating a Population's Care
Integrative Learning Experience
HMP 750Integrative Learning Experience2.0
HMP 751Integrative Learning Experience II2.0
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.
Electives *18.0
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
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
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
Process Monitoring and Outcomes Evaluation for Community Health Programs
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
Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
Environmental Health Risk and Impact Assessment
Healthy Housing & Built Environment
Environmental Health in Vulnerable Populations
Public Health and Disaster Preparedness
Occupational and Environmental Cancers
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
Total Credits56.0

Note: Students choose from 500-999 level courses in BST, EOH, EPI, CHP, HMP, and PBHL for elective courses.

Sample Plan of Study

12 Month (4 Quarter) Summer Start

   BST 5713.0
   EPI 5703.0
   HMP 5052.0
   PBHL 5104.0
   PBHL 5114.0
First Year
HMP 5003.0HMP 5013.0HMP 7512.0 
HMP 5503.0HMP 7502.0PBHL 5000.0 
PBHL 5000.0PBHL 5000.0Social Justice/Equity Selective3.0 
Management Selective3.0Policy Selective3.0Elective6.0 
 15 14 11 
Total Credits 56

18 Month (5 Quarter) Sample

First Year
EPI 5703.0BST 5713.0HMP 5052.0PBHL 5000.0
HMP 5003.0HMP 5013.0Electives6.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0Social Justice/Equity Selective3.0 
 10 13 11 0
Second Year
HMP 5503.0HMP 7512.0  
HMP 7502.0Policy Selective3.0  
Management Selective3.0Electives6.0  
 11 11  
Total Credits 56

21 Month (6 Quarter) Sample

First Year
EPI 5703.0BST 5713.0HMP 5052.0PBHL 5000.0
HMP 5003.0HMP 5013.0Electives4.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0Social Justice/Equity Selective3.0 
 10 10 9 0
Second Year
HMP 5503.0HMP 7502.0HMP 7512.0 
Management Selective3.0Policy Selective3.0Electives7.0 
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 56
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