MPH with a Concentration in Public Health Administration - Online Program
The MPH in Public Health Administration program is designed for individuals interested in pursuing leadership and administrative positions in public health agencies or programs or in other initiatives focused on population health. The curriculum centers on management principles and methods to advance the health of communities. Students develop knowledge and skills in public health, management and planning, law and ethics, and financial management.
In addition to the overall competencies, Public Health Administration graduates will be able to:
Domain: Management and Planning
- Integrate operational planning and management tools for performance and quality improvement.
- Understand informatics methods and resources as tools to promote public health
- Build analytical thinking acumen, e.g., the ability to understand any issue by delving into its relevant components and formulating solutions.
- Apply theory and strategy-based communication principles across different settings and audiences.
- Demonstrate team building, negotiation, and conflict management skills.
- Develop strategies to motivate others for collaborative problem solving, decision-making, and evaluation.
- Promote high standards of personal and organizational integrity, compassion, honesty and respect for all people.
- Describe the tasks necessary to assure that program implementation occurs as intended.
- Explain the contribution of logic models in program development, implementation, and evaluation.
- Differentiate among goals, measurable objectives, related activities, and expected outcomes for a public health program.
- Identify characteristics of a system.
- Acquire an in-depth knowledge of the concepts, rationale, and development of health services planning and evaluation.
- Gain skills and knowledge of methodologies of the health services planning and evaluation process and its major tools.
- Become oriented to information needs regarding community, institutional and individual health assessment and on the use of quantitative and qualitative methods for enhancing information.
- Be able to present the concepts and skills in an integrated fashion in a project report [the workbook].
- Integrate the assessment and evaluation of equity and ethical delivery of services into an actual program through a series of real world exercises.
- Demonstrate planning and evaluation approaches for diverse populations within a given geographic area.
Law and Ethics
- Apply legal and ethical principles to the use of information technology and resources in public health settings.
- Explain how professional ethics and practices relate to equity and accountability in diverse community settings.
- Apply social justice and human rights principles when addressing community needs.
- Apply basic principles of ethical analysis (e.g. the Public Health Code of Ethics, human rights framework, other moral theories) to issues of public health practice and policy.
- Analyze the potential impacts of legal and regulatory environments on the conduct of ethical public health research and practice.
- Distinguish between population and individual ethical considerations in relation to the benefits, costs, and burdens of public health programs.
- Embrace a definition of public health that captures the unique characteristics of the field (e.g., population-focused, community-oriented, prevention-motivated and rooted in social justice) and how these contribute to professional practice.
- Analyze the effects of political, social and economic policies on public health systems at the local, state, national and international levels.
- Analyze the impact of global trends and interdependencies on public health related problems and systems.
- Understand and construct financial statements, applying ratio analysis and pro forma statement generation.
- Apply financial management theory and principles to make decisions that promote financial well-being of the organization.
- Execute financial mathematics, e.g., time value of money calculations, capital budgeting, return on investment, and project risk analyses.
- Understand differences in public health financial management.
- Perform differential reimbursement calculations by payers (e.g., Medicare/Medicaid, self-pay, managed care).
In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites:
- Undergraduate majors are diverse and include: Life sciences, social sciences, business, or health professions.
- Work experience: Two years of full-time, meaningful work experience in a health care or related organization are 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 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: 1-3 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
College Core Courses
Principles of Health Policy and Management
Environmental and Occupational Health
Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health
Core Total Hours
Required Concentration Courses
Public Health Data Information &Decision Making
Health Services Planning and Evaluation
PHC 6050 or CI
Managing Quality in Health Care
PHC 6102 or CI.
Health Care Financial Management
PHC 6102, Undergrad Fin or ACC or CI.
Public Health Law and Ethics
PHC 6102 recom.
Concentration Total Hours
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
- Academic and Student Affairs: Registration, Academic Procedures, etc.
- Tuition and Financial Aid
- College Admission Requirements
- Course Descriptions