College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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Degree: Master of Public Health
Program (Major/College):
Concentration: Health Policies & Programs (Code: HPP)        
COPH Department: Health Policy & Management
Minimum Credit Hours: 43

MPH with a Concentration in Health Policies and Programs

The Health Policy and Programs MPH program is designed for individuals interested in development, analysis and evaluation of public policy for health services and public health programs.  Students develop knowledge of theory and methods in policy analysis and program evaluation. Students are prepared to pursue policy analyst and program evaluation positions with federal, state or local agencies or with professional associations.   

In addition to the overall Master of Public Health degree competencies, Health Policies and Programs 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. Demonstrate understanding of public policy analysis, program evaluation, and health law;
  4. Analyze ethical issues and implications of cultural diversity in health policy and management;
  5. Develop competencies in applying analytic and evaluation methods to health care issues;
  6. Develop leadership, interpersonal and communication skills; and
  7. Apply critical thinking skills and knowledge to a policy or program issue in public health or health services.

Concentration Details


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 undergraduate 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 or MPH.
  • 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 Information 

Supervised Field Experience

  • Students with little or no professional experience: 3 hours minimum. 
  • Students with relevant professional experience: 1 hour 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 6104 Management of Public Health Programs (3)
  • PHC 6148 Strategic Planning and Health Care Marketing (3)
  • PHC 6114 Managed Care (2)
  • PHC 6420 Health Care Law, Regulation and Ethics (3)

Download the Program Check Sheet

Program Coursework




College Core Courses



PHC 6000




PHC 6050

Biostatistics I



PHC 6102

Principles of Health Policy and Management



PHC 6357

Environmental and Occupational Health



PHC 6410

Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health



Core Total Hours



Health Policy Courses



PHC 6151

Health Policy and Politics


PHC 6102 and CI.

PHC 6715

Research Foundations in Public Health
(or approved equivalent)


PHC 6000, 6050

PHC 6430

Health Economics I


ECO 2023 or equv & CI

PHC 6760

Research Methods in Public Health Programs


PHC 6430, 6180, 6151, or CI

Health Policy Total Hours



Concentration Courses (Select one of the following)



PHC 6195

Public Health Data, Information & Decision Making


PHC 6050

PHC 6421

Public Health Law and Ethics


PHC 6102 recom.

PHC 6435

Perspectives on Health Insurance


Undergrad mic-econ, PHC 6430 or CI

Concentration Total Hours



Elective Courses (See examples on concentration definition)




Elective Courses Total Hours



Culminating Experience



PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience 


See Note #1

PHC 6977

Special Project



PHC 6936

Public Health Capstone Course


All Core completed + 75% of Concentration


Culminating Experience minimum Hours



*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
  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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