The MPH in Health Policy Management is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Students are admitted in the Fall Quarter of each academic year. The curriculum consists of a three-term sequence of academic coursework, followed by a summer field work placement of at least 10 weeks, followed by a final three terms of further academic coursework. A total of 88 units are needed to complete the program.
The purposes for the curriculum for the health policy and management program is
The health management track imbues the student with the critical competencies and skills to help solve the highly complex organizational and policy issues of today’s health sector. In the health management track, the student will develop conceptual, analytical, and practical skills designed to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of our health system. Examining the link between health policy and management of high performance health delivery organizations, students will be well prepared to address the many challenges faced by our health care system.
The health management curriculum has been developed in alignment with our Health Policy and Management Competency Model, a framework of professional excellence delineating knowledge and skills across multiple domains. Our students graduate with a solid grounding in health leadership and management, finance, economics, health policy, quantitative analytics such as biostatistics database management, teamwork and collaboration, quality and patient safety, organizational theory, and program evaluation.
Students in the health management track are well prepared for a variety of careers at the intersection of the business of health, health policy and public health working in the management, planning, financing, delivery, and evaluation of health care organizations. These careers include:
The discipline of health policy is an interdisciplinary one, with a mix of political science, communication techniques, statistical analysis, critical thinking and analysis being vital to success. Our health policy students are some of the brightest and most ambitious in the country. Upon graduation, we have had students work in influential advocacy organizations such as The Children’s Partnership, governmental organizations such as California’s Department of Health Care Services, and national non-profits such as the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Our students possess a variety of skills that lets them seamlessly move from policy and advocacy around child health issues, obesity prevention, wellness, and nutrition, access to care, quality of care, and health disparities. The flexibility of our curriculum allows students to learn the core competencies required to understand health care delivery and health policymaking, while also focusing on a specific content area or analysis skills based on their own career goals. Our respected health policy faculty members have excellent relationships with local, state and federal policymakers that are helpful in networking, obtaining internships, and securing employment after graduation.
Upon graduation, students in the health policy track may find positions in: