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Department of Health Policy and Management

The degree programs in the Department of Health Policy and Management provide management skills for those who seek to be leaders in healthcare organizations, who are interested in the organization, administration, and management of health systems and who wish to develop and analyze health policy.

The Department of Health Policy and Management offers the following degrees:

  • The MPH in Health Policy is a professional degree that provides students with analytical skills to develop and evaluate health policies.

  • The MPH in Health Systems Management is a professional degree that prepares future managers and leaders to improve healthcare delivery in diverse organizations worldwide. This program is only open to MD/MPH combined degree students.

  • The MHA degree is a professional degree that prepares graduates to be managers and leaders in healthcare organizations. This CAHME-accredited program is the premier degree for clinic and hospital administrators.
  • The PhD in Health Policy and Management is the academic research degree that educates students in research methodology and management strategies.

Health management and policy is a choice for students who desire to become managers and administrators in the healthcare industry.  Those interested in improving healthcare organizations and developing health policy choose one of these programs.


Students from many backgrounds enter the management field and include those from undergraduate public heath, management and business, social and behavioral sciences, communications, liberal arts and sciences, and the biological sciences.


Graduates pursue careers in public and private hospitals, ambulatory care organizations, long-term care institutions, health maintenance organizations, insurance companies, multi-institutional systems, and other organizations concerned with the planning, delivery, and financing of personal health services. Doctoral graduates have careers in academia, insurance companies, and consulting firms.