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MPH in Health Policy

The MPH in Health Policy provides students with a foundation in health policy processes, concepts, and issues as well as strong analytical skills to help develop and evaluate health policies. The Health Policy program offers students’ opportunities to tailor their studies in domestic and international health policy, with courses focused on foundations, methods, and a topical area of expertise.

Graduates of the program go on to work in leadership and research in the public or private sector, domestically or internationally. Employment settings include institutions involved in developing policy, evaluating of health programs and projects, or providing goods and services in support of health sector program implementation or development. Entities include both government and non-governmental organizations across a range of disciplines and development paradigms. The MPH in Health Policy can also serve as a strong academic foundation for students who may wish to pursue a doctoral degree in health policy or management.

Program Competencies

At the completion of the MPH degree, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze the influence of policy mechanisms on patient and provider behavior and health systems outcomes.
  • Assess health systems performance and issues of quality, access, and efficiency.
  • Apply economic and legal concepts and theories to the analysis of healthcare policy and management issues.
  • Apply fundamental research and analytic methods to problems in health policy and management.
  • Critique the health policy literature.
  • Communicate health policy issues written and orally.
  • Incorporate knowledge of the public health core areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health systems management, and the biological, behavioral, social, and cultural aspects of health and disease in addressing and solving problems.
Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Master of Public Health in Health Policy program must meet the school's general admission requirements and submit materials per the application requirements.

2018 Health Policy Analysis Poster Scholarship Competition 

Degree Program Requirements

The MPH degree in Health Policy requires a total of 45 credits that includes:

SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods 1 (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and behavioral aspects of global health (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GHSD 6030 Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)

MPH in Health Policy - Required Courses (17 Credits)

  • GHSD 6010 Comparative Health Systems (2)
  • GHSD 6210 Health Law & Regulation (3)
  • GHSD 6450 Health Economics (3)
  • GHSD 7660 Health Policy Analysis (3)

Select 6 credits from following methods courses.

  • BIOS 6040 Intermediate Biostatistics (3)
  • GHSD 7740 Economic Evaluation and Modeling (3)
  • EPID 7120 Epidemiologic Methods II (3)
  • GHSD 8250 Advanced Research Methods for Global Health (3)
  • GCHB 6280 Qualitative Methods I: Basic Foundations (2)
  • GCHB 6290 Qualitative Methods II: Theory and Methods (2)

Elective Courses (13 credits)

Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.

Practicum (SPHL 9980)

All Health Policy students complete a 250 hour practicum to gain practical experience. The practicum is usually completed after core courses are completed.

Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)

Students in the MPH in Health Policy conduct a public health analysis.

Contact Us

Department Chair: Mark Diana, PhD

Program Director: Mollye Demosthenidy, JD

Department Administrator: Alison Rinehart


Phone: (504) 988-5428

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