MPH Health Management & Policy

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The health management and policy concentration is designed to prepare students with competencies needed for careers in policy development, policy analysis and health management. The curriculum addresses health systems, quantitative methods, health economics and finance, managed care, private and public sector management, state and national policy, and health law. The concentration provides instruction in professional competencies commonly found in schools of public policy, public administration, and business management.

By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in health management and policy will be able to:

  • Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the U.S.;
  • Describe the legal and ethical bases for public health and health services;
  • Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations;
  • Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives;
  • Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues;
  • Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the U.S.

2013-2014 Curriculum (48 SCH)

Core MPH Competencies

Core Courses: 15 SCH 
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health (3 SCH)
BIOS 5300 Biostatistics for Public Health I (3 SCH)
EOHS 5300 Environmental Health (3 SCH)
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology (3 SCH)
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy (3 SCH)

Concentration Required Courses: 19.5 SCH
HMAP 5312 Health Politics and Policy (3 SCH)
HMAP 5320 Health Services Management (3 SCH)
HMAP 5326 Public Health Program Planning & Evaluation (3 SCH)
HMAP 5330 Health Finance 1 (3 SCH)
HMAP 5340 Public Health Law (3 SCH)
HMAP 5350 Health Economics (3 SCH)
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination (0 SCH)
PHED 5197 MPH Portfolio (1.5 SCH)

Practice Experience: 1.5 SCH
HMAP 5297 Public Health Practice Experience (1.5 SCH)

Elective Courses: 12 SCH 

Culminating Experience: 0 SCH 
HMAP 5001 MPH Comprehensive Examination (0 SCH) 

Course Descriptions

Sequence of Coursework 

(Adopted from From Association of Schools of Public Health Education Committee, Master Degree in Public Health Core Competency Project, Version 2.3, May 2007)

All students in the MPH Program are expected to master a set of public health competencies that are used to evaluate public health knowledge, skills and practice. The competencies that have been selected by the UNTHSC SPH are consistent with the recommendations of the Association of Schools of Public Health (, and address the five core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health science, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences, as well as those specific to their chosen concentration area. MPH students will master the competencies through various activities including coursework, seminars and practice experience. Upon graduation they will be able to demonstrate broad knowledge in the core areas of public health and apply public health perspectives, knowledge, skills and practice in their areas of specialization.

This page last updated 07th Jan 2014