Areas of Study
The MPH in Policy is a 59 credit hour program of study. It offers coursework and applied learning experiences that prepare students for careers in health policy analysis, system and organizational planning, and program evaluation. Graduates will be employed by federal, state, or local governments, professional associations, local health agencies or private agencies. They may be responsible for assessing health problems, developing policy proposals, and assuring that policies are achieving their goals. They also may work as consultants to public and private agencies to assist them in assessment, policy development, and assurance. Students are recruited from a variety of academic backgrounds including business, liberal arts and health professions.
In addition to mastering the core competencies for the MPH, graduates of the MPH subtrack in Policy will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze public health policies for specific health issues.
- Demonstrate knowledge of public health policy formulation
- Design effective implementation strategies for public health policies
- Evaluate the impact of public health policies
An undergraduate degree is required. The cumulative grade point average should be a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Although no specific major is required, prerequisite coursework includes one semester each of college algebra and biology.
MPH Core Courses (18 s.h.)
The following course work is required for all MPH students. Students are expected to earn ≥ B- (2.67) on each core course and must earn a ≥ B (3.0) cumulative grade point average on all core courses. When necessary, a student may repeat courses to achieve this standard.
|MPH:5100/170:101||Intro to Public Health||3 s.h.|
|BIOS:5110/171:161||Intro to Biostatistics||3 s.h.|
|CBH:5105/172:101||Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention||3 s.h.|
|EPID:5400/173:140||Epidemiology I: Principles||3 s.h.|
|HMP:4000/174:102 HMP:5005/174:200||Intro to the US Healthcare System OR
Intro to Health Care Organization
|OEH:4240/175:197||Environmental Health||3 s.h.|
Required Courses (25 s.h.)
|HMP:5310/174:204||Quantitative Management in Health Care||2 s.h.|
|HMP:5410/174:212||Health Economics I||3 s.h.|
|HMP:5450/174:217||Health Insurance and Managed Care||3 s.h.|
|HMP:6315/174:223||Seminar in Health Care Ethics||2 s.h.|
|HMP:6610/174:237||Legal Aspects of Health and Medical Care||3 s.h.|
|HMP:6710/174:242||Federalism and Health Policy||3 s.h.|
|HMP:5610/174:243||Health Policy||3 s.h.|
|HMP:6750/174:245||Seminar in Health Policy||3 s.h.|
Elective Courses (students select 13 s.h. in consultation with advisor) Suggested courses:
|POLI:3100/030:113||American State Politics||3 s.h.|
|LAW:8562/091:261||Health Law||3 s.h.|
|URP:6231/102:221||Poverty, Planning , and Public Policy||3 s.h.|
Practicum Requirement (3 s.h.)
The experience from this course, including a final written report and a poster presentation, constitutes the final examination for the MPH.
|MPH:7000/170:299||MPH Practicum Experience||3 s.h.|
Pre-Requisite to MPH Practicum:
Students must complete all of their MPH core courses and the majority of other MPH coursework prior to registering for the Practicum. For additional information, regarding the practicum experience, please visit the official practicum website.
Please visit the Health Management and Policy website for additional information about this subtrack.
Summary of Requirements
|MPH Core||18 s.h.|
|Required courses||25 s.h.|