College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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Degree: Master of Public Health
Program (Major/College):
MPH/PH
Concentration: Health Care Organizations & Management (Code: HCO)        
COPH Department: Health Policy & Management
Minimum Credit Hours: 42

MPH with a Concentration in Health Care Organizations and Management

The Health Care Organizations and Management program is designed for individuals interested in the management of hospitals, group practices, health departments, and other provider organizations. The program focuses on the structure and management of health care organizations. Students develop knowledge and skills in management science, leadership, and decision-making. The curriculum does not require students to develop all health administration quantitative and analytic skill areas typically required of senior management positions.

In addition to the overall Master of Public Health degree competencies,

Health Care Organizations and Management graduates will be able to:

  1. Assess the health care system in the United States, including the role of the public health disciplines;
  2. Employ analytic skill in health economics and health policy analysis;
  3. Apply management principles in private and public sector health organizations;
  4. Analyze ethical issues and implications of cultural diversity in health policy and management;
  5. Demonstrate ability to use decision making methodologies, such as information systems, financial management, and quantitative methods;
  6. Develop leadership, interpersonal and communication skills; and
  7. Apply critical thinking skills and knowledge to a management issue in a health care or related organization.

Concentration Details

 Prerequisites

In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites: 

  • Public health course prerequisites: None
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: Micro-economics, Accounting
  • Undergraduate majors are diverse and include: Life sciences, social sciences, business, or health professions.
  • Work experience: Preferred, but not required.
  • Minimum undergrad GPA: 3.0 upper division (some exceptions made if GRE exceeds minimum requirements) AND
  • Verbal GRE Score: 50th percentile preferred AND
  • Quantitative GRE Score: 50th percentile preferred.
  • In lieu of the GRE, only applicants to the Department of Health Policy and Management may submit a minimum GMAT score of 500 for the MHA, MPH, or MSPH.
  • Applicants admitted to the M.H.A. or an M.P.H. with a concentration in the Department of Health Policy and Management who have a score on the GRE Verbal of Analytical Writing test which is below the 40th percentile may be required to take REA 2105—Critical Reading and Writing—or an equivalent English composition course, during the first semester of enrollment, and pass with a grade of “B” or better in the class. 
 Curriculum

Curriculum Information 

Supervised Field Experience

  • Students with little or no professional experience: 3 hours minimum. 
  • Students with relevant professional experience: 1-3 hours minimum.
  • Students with substantial work experience can negotiate a reduced number of hours with their advisor (e.g., 1 or 2 hours) if the student has meaningful experience (involving decision-making) in a health care or related organization

Examples of common elective options:

  • PHC 6146 Health Services Planning and Evaluation (3)
  • PHC 6147 Managing Quality in Health Care (2)
  • PHC 6435 Perspectives on Health Insurance (3)
  • PHC 6420 Health Care Law, Regulation and Ethics (3)

Download the Program Check Sheet

Program Coursework

Course

CH*

Pre-reqs*

College Core Courses

 

 

PHC 6000

Epidemiology

3

 

PHC 6050

Biostatistics I

3

 

PHC 6102

Principles of Health Policy and Management

3

 

PHC 6357

Environmental and Occupational Health

3

 

PHC 6410

Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health

3

 

Core Total Hours

15

 

Required Concentration Courses

 

 

PHC 6151

Health Policy and Politics

3

PHC 6102 or CI.

PHC 6180

Health Services Management

3

PHC 6102 & undergrad acc. Course or CI.

PHC 6430

Health Economics I

3

ECO 2023, Eqv, or CI.

PHC 6160

Health Care Financial Management

3

PHC 6102, Undergrad Fin or ACC or CI.

     Students select two of the following

 

 

PHC 6148

Strategic Planning and Health Care Marketing

3

PHC 6102 or CI.

PHC 6181

Organizational Behavior in Health Services

3

PHC 6102 or CI.

PHC 6196

Information Systems in Health Care Management

3

PHC 6050 or CI.

 

Concentration Total Hours

18

 

Approved Elective Courses

 

 

 

Elective Total Hours

2

 

Culminating Experience

 

 

PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience 

1-6

See Note #1

PHC 6977

Special Project

3

 

PHC 6936

Public Health Capstone Course

3

All Core completed + 75% of Concentration

 

Culminating Experience minimum Hours

7

 

*CH=Credit Hours;  Pre-reqs= prerequisite courses unless noted as CR (co-requisite) or CC (Concurrent requisite)

  1. During 2nd semester meet with advisor and begin planning field experience. See http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/academicaffairs/fe/.
  2. Any grade below a C (C- to F) is required to be retaken.  The grade will be included in the student's GPA.
  3. The College Reserves All Rights to Repeal And/or Modify.
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