MPH in Health Policy

The MPH degree in Health Policy offered by the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership is designed for students with a keen interest in using population-based approaches to understand and improve the health status of large groups within society. The degree is focused on examining social and political systems that influence the health status of populations and then learning how to influence and/or design, implement, and manage broad, system-level instruments to improve population health outcomes. These instruments might include programs in public health agencies, not-for- profit organizations, or healthcare provider setting, or policies at the local, state, national, or international governmental levels.

The Health Policy MPH degree has a dual emphasis on acquiring both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Students are also offered the opportunity to select electives that will allow for additional focus in areas such as, but not limited to: healthcare management and leadership, health services research, health policy, and, environmental policy. 

Thus, this degree is ideal for recent graduates or early- and mid-career public health professionals seeking to develop or advance their careers in a variety of health care settings. Additionally, the Professional practice component of the program has been designed to place students in public health settings and apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills to address real-world problems. Upon completion of the MPH, students will be prepared to continue developing their careers as leaders, managers, public health professionals, policy analysts, program evaluators, advocates, or health program managers in a variety of public health, government, health care, or other professional settings, or be successful as they continue their graduate education at the doctoral level.