Health Policy and Management MD/MPH Program Requirements

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

For MPH in Health Systems Management:

  • 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.

Degree Program Requirements

The MPH degree in Health Systems Management for MD/MPH students requires a total of 42 credits, including 10 transfer credits for successful completion of public health relevant coursework at the Tulane School of Medicine (SOM).

Required SPHTM courses include:

SPHTM Foundational Requirements (15 credits)

  • SPHL 6020 Foundations of Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6070 Health Systems Policy and Management (3)
  • SPHL 6080 Design Strategies for Public Health Programs (3)

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

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

Other Elective Credits (10 credits)

  • MD/MPH students receive 10 credits transferred from the Tulane SOM for successfully completing specific coursework with public health relevance.

Practicum (SPHL 9980)

All HPM MD/MPH students must complete a 200-hour field practicum during the MD/MPH Rotation, for which they will register in the SOM during their T3 or T4 year.


Integrative Learning Experience (SPHL 7950)

All students must complete an Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) (formerly culminating experience) that demonstrates the synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies.

MD/MPH students earning a MPH in Health Systems Management conduct a Public Health Analysis, typically between the end of T2 and T4 year.

Contact Us

MD/MPH Director: Adam Maese

MD/MPH Senior Program Coordinator: Rachael Ruiz Currier

MD/MPH HPM Faculty Advisor: Gene Beyt, MD, MS


Phone: (504) 988-7055