College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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Degree: Master of Public Health
Program (Major/College):
Concentration: Public Health Administration (Code: PHA)        
COPH Department: Health Policy & Managment
Minimum Credit Hours: 42

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 Master of Public Health degree competencies, Public Health Administration graduates will be able to:

Domain: Management and Planning

  1. Integrate operational planning and management tools for performance and quality improvement.
  2. Understand informatics methods and resources as tools to promote public health
  3. Build analytical thinking acumen, e.g., the ability to understand any issue by delving into its relevant components and formulating solutions.
  4. Apply theory and strategy-based communication principles across different settings and audiences.
  5. Demonstrate team building, negotiation, and conflict management skills.
  6. Develop strategies to motivate others for collaborative problem solving, decision-making, and evaluation.
  7. Promote high standards of personal and organizational integrity, compassion, honesty and respect for all people.
  8. Describe the tasks necessary to assure that program implementation occurs as intended.
  9. Explain the contribution of logic models in program development, implementation, and evaluation.
  10. Differentiate among goals, measurable objectives, related activities, and expected outcomes for a public health program.
  11. Identify characteristics of a system. 
  12. Acquire an in-depth knowledge of the concepts, rationale, and development of health services planning and evaluation.
  13. Gain skills and knowledge of methodologies of the health services planning and evaluation process and its major tools.
  14. Become oriented to information needs regarding community, institutional and individual health assessment and on the use of quantitative and qualitative methods for enhancing information.
  15. Be able to present the concepts and skills in an integrated fashion in a project report [the workbook].
  16. Integrate the assessment and evaluation of equity and ethical delivery of services into an actual program through a series of real world exercises.
  17. Demonstrate planning and evaluation approaches for diverse populations within a given geographic area.

Law and Ethics

  1. Apply legal and ethical principles to the use of information technology and resources in public health settings.
  2. Explain how professional ethics and practices relate to equity and accountability in diverse community settings.
  3. Apply social justice and human rights principles when addressing community needs.
  4. 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.
  5. Analyze the potential impacts of legal and regulatory environments on the conduct of ethical public health research and practice.
  6. Distinguish between population and individual ethical considerations in relation to the benefits, costs, and burdens of public health programs.
  7. 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.
  8. Analyze the effects of political, social and economic policies on public health systems at the local, state, national and international levels.
  9. Analyze the impact of global trends and interdependencies on public health related problems and systems.

Financial management

  1. Understand and construct financial statements, applying ratio analysis and pro forma statement   generation.
  2. Apply financial management theory and principles to make decisions that promote financial well-being of the organization.
  3. Execute financial mathematics, e.g., time value of money calculations, capital budgeting, return on investment, and project risk analyses.
  4. Understand differences in public health financial management.
  5. Perform differential reimbursement calculations by payers (e.g., Medicare/Medicaid, self-pay, managed care).

Concentration Details


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. 

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

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



Required Concentration Courses



PHC 6063

Public Health Data Information &Decision Making


PHC 6050.

PHC 6146

Health Services Planning and Evaluation


PHC 6050 or CI

PHC 6147

Managing Quality in Health Care


PHC 6102 or CI.

PHC 6160

Health Care Financial Management


PHC 6102, Undergrad Fin or ACC or CI.

PHC 6421

Public Health Law and Ethics


PHC 6102 recom.

Concentration Total Hours



Elective Courses




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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