Department of Health Policy and Management

MPH in Health Policy and Management

Program Curriculum

The MPH in Health Policy Management is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). CEPHStudents 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

  1. to give a general orientation to health policy analysis and management studies highlighting a wide focus on public health, health promotion, medical care delivery, and personal and public health interventions to improve the health of our communities;
  2. to provide students with a broad set of fundamental quantitative and analytical skills necessary to be successful in many  health settings at an entry level or higher management position;
  3. to provide analytical and critical thinking skills born of scientific and empirical evidence necessary to solve complex health care management tasks in a dynamic environment;
  4. to prepare those who wish to function at the intersection of clinical care and public health to be effective in reaching across silos and boundaries;
  5. to provide core public health coursework to lay a foundation for health policy and management as a major area of public health; and
  6. to assist students in developing professional and interpersonal skills to facilitate success their future public health careers, in teaching or research.

Health Management Track

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:

  • hospitals, health systems, and medical groups in public and private settings
  • health insurance companies and health maintenance organizations
  • local, state and federal public health and health agencies
  • biotechnology  and pharmaceutical firms
  • community clinics
  • community based organizations and advocacy organizations

Health Policy Track

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:

  • the development and analysis of public health policy and planning at the local, state,  federal, and international level
  • policy analysis, research and evaluation in a variety of health care institutions, community-based organizations, consulting firms, trade associations, federal health agencies, and advocacy organizations