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:
- Assess the health care system in the United States , including the role of the public health disciplines;
- Employ analytic skill in health economics and health policy analysis;
- Demonstrate understanding of public policy analysis, program evaluation, and health law;
- Analyze ethical issues and implications of cultural diversity in health policy and management;
- Develop competencies in applying analytic and evaluation methods to health care issues;
- Develop leadership, interpersonal and communication skills; and
- Apply critical thinking skills and knowledge to a policy or program issue in public health or health services.
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.
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)
College Core Courses
Principles of Health Policy and Management
Environmental and Occupational Health
Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health
Core Total Hours
Health Policy Courses
Health Policy and Politics
PHC 6102 and CI.
Research Foundations in Public Health
PHC 6000, 6050
Health Economics I
ECO 2023 or equv & CI
Research Methods in Public Health Programs
PHC 6430, 6180, 6151, or CI
Health Policy Total Hours
Concentration Courses (Select one of the following)
Public Health Data, Information & Decision Making
Public Health Law and Ethics
PHC 6102 recom.
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
Supervised Field Experience
See Note #1
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)
- During 2nd semester meet with advisor and begin planning field experience. See http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/academicaffairs/fe/.
- Any grade below a C (C- to F) is required to be retaken. The grade will be included in the student's GPA.
- The College Reserves All Rights to Repeal And/or Modify.
- College Master of Public Health degree requirements
- Department of Health Policy & Management Specific Guidelines for Special Project, Field Experience, Comprehensive Exam
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- Tuition and Financial Aid
- College Admission Requirements
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