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2017-2018 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
  May 30, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Health Services Policy and Management, M.P.H.

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The M.P.H. program prepares students for management in the public health sector, such as federal, state, and local health agencies. Some M.P.H. graduates work in the private sector.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of a) fundamental principles and practices in health promotion, education, and behavior; b) organization, principles, and practices in health administration; c) principles and practices in epidemiology, and tools for translating epidemiological findings into public health action; d) public health statistical applications; and e) environmental health from the perspective of the earth as a complex, dynamic system.
  • Students completing the MPH program will be able to apply management principles and demonstrate skills in program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in health care and/or public health organizational settings. Students will demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships and leading organizations.
  • Students will be able to apply principles of finance, budgeting, quantitative tools for financial management, economics, and current public and private payment policies to health care and public health.
  • Students will be able to apply legal and ethical principles to health care and public health and to critically evaluate the ethical and moral issues confronting health care organizations and the individuals that work therein.
  • Students will be able to apply principles of strategic planning, quality and performance improvement, program evaluation and marketing in public health and healthcare settings.

Program Requirements (45 Hours):

  • Public Health Core (biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, administration, and health promotion, education, and behavior), 15 Hours
  • Management, 12 Hours
  • Planning, Public Health Law or Policy, 9 Hours
  • Community Assessment/Delivery of Health Care Services, 3 Hours
  • Public Health Residency, 6 Hours

Final Examination:

M.P.H. candidates must complete and submit an acceptable written report on the residency. Approval of the report must be by the faculty advisor, a second reader, and the preceptor at the residency site. An oral presentation of the report is required after the approval of the document. The student must also complete and submit departmental and school evaluations.

Graduate Assistantship

All full-time M.H.A. and M.P.H. students are expected to work as graduate assistants in health service organizations in the community to acquire work experience and enrich the learning process through on-the-job application of concepts and techniques learned in the classroom. To qualify for an assistantship, a student must be fully admitted to a degree program, be enrolled as a full-time student, and maintain a 3.00 GPA.

Dual Degrees (M.S.N./M.P.H., M.S.W./M.P.H., and J.D./M.H.A.)

The Department of Health Services Policy and Management and the School of Nursing, College of Social Work, and School of Law offer coordinated programs that lead to a dual degree. The requirements for the M.P.H. or M.H.A. portion of each dual degree program are the same as shown above. The M.S.N., M.S.W., and J.D. portions of the dual degree programs are determined by the respective schools and college. Some courses do fulfill requirements for both portions of the dual degree. A dual degree program thus typically requires fewer semester hours in total than if the two programs were taken separately.
e. A dual degree program thus typically requires fewer semester hours in total than if the two programs were taken separately.

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