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MPH in Health Systems Management

The Health Systems Management program prepares future managers and leaders who will improve the healthcare delivery services in diverse organizational settings worldwide. Students learn the fundamental areas of management of health services through coursework and practicum experience, preparing them for entry-level managerial roles in healthcare settings. Taking a systems approach, courses emphasize active management in planning, financing, implementing, evaluating, and maintaining complex systems.

Program Competencies

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

  • Apply population-based and public health findings and principles in assessing individuals and groups at risk of disease and injury and making recommendations for improved health in clinical practice settings.
  • Identify the theoretical and applied bases of economics in health care in the delivery of care to populations; access to care of populations; and organization of medical service delivery organizations.
  • Explain and analyze the issues of quality, access, and efficiency of healthcare service delivery.
  • Identify and describe the main components of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the U.S. and other contexts.
  • Describe frameworks for understanding and assessing health systems performance.
  • Apply “systems thinking” approaches to viewing complex situations, defining problems, and formulating solutions.
  • Apply basic managerial concepts and tools to program planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation of organizational and community-based initiatives.
  • 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 Systems Management program must meet the school's general admission requirements and submit materials per the application requirements.

Degree Program Requirements

The MPH degree in Health Systems Management 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 Systems Management - Required Courses (17 Credits)

  • GHSD 6140 Leadership for Clinical Improvement (3)
  • GHSD 6170 Quality Management in Healthcare (3)
  • GHSD 6380 Organizational Behavior (3)
  • GHSD 6450 Health Economics (3)
  • GHSD 6540 Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Managers (2)
  • GHSD 6780 Information Systems (3)

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 System Management 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 Systems Management conduct a public health analysis.

Contact Us

Department Chair: Mark Diana, PhD

Program Director: Joni Steinberg, PhD

Department Administrator: Alison Rinehart


Phone: (504) 988-5428

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