Health Management and Policy MPH

Major: Health Management and Policy
Degree Awarded: Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 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, analysis, and implementation of a public health program or policy
  • Apply health care financial and/or organizational management tools and measures to assure effective resource use in achieving population health improvement objectives
  • Assess how public 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

Core Courses
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
Major 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)3.0
Evolution of United States Health Policy
Legal Aspects of Public Health
Policy Analysis for Population Health
Public Policy and Advocacy
Management Selective (Select One)3.0
The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management
Health Care Organizations and Management
Management of Healthcare Outcomes
Social Justice/Equity Selective (Select One)3.0
Maternal & Child Health Policy
Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Justice
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
The Politics of Food & Gender
Health Systems Policy Analysis
Abolition Frameworks for Public Health: Transformative Policies for a New Society
Disability and Measurement
Medicaid and Disability Policy
Applied Practical Experience
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
Integrative Learning Experience
HMP 750Integrative Learning Experience3.0
HMP 751Integrative Learning Experience II3.0
Electives *15.0
Total Credits56.0

Students choose from any BST, CHP, EOH, EPI, HMP, or PBHL course from the 500-999 level. Students can take additional 500-level or above electives across the university as long as they meet prerequisite and restriction requirements. Students can contact their faculty mentor to discuss elective options. Students can use elective credits to further focus their academic work by completing a graduate minor.

Sample Plan of Study

12-Month (4 Quarter) Full-Time

   BST 5713.0
   EPI 5703.0
   PBHL 5104.0
   PBHL 5114.0
First Year
HMP 5003.0HMP 5013.0HMP 7513.0 
HMP 5053.0HMP 7503.0Social Justice/Equity Selective3.0 
HMP 5503.0Policy Selective3.0Electives6.0 
PBHL 5000.0Electives6.0  
Management Selective3.0   
 15 15 12 
Total Credits 56

18-Month (5 Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
BST 5713.0EPI 5703.0HMP 5053.0PBHL 5000.0
HMP 5003.0HMP 5013.0Electives6.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0Social Justice/Equity Selective3.0 
 10 13 12 0
Second Year
HMP 5503.0HMP 7513.0  
HMP 7503.0Policy Selective3.0  
Management Selective3.0Electives3.0  
 12 9  
Total Credits 56

21-Month (6 Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
BST 5713.0EPI 5703.0HMP 5053.0PBHL 5000.0
HMP 5003.0HMP 5013.0Electives3.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0Social Justice/Equity Selective3.0 
 10 10 9 0
Second Year
HMP 5503.0HMP 7503.0HMP 7513.0 
Management Selective3.0Policy Selective3.0Electives6.0 
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 56
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