Health administrators are charged with coordinating a wide variety of activities crucial to the effective and efficient delivery of health services and programs. The health administrator plans, organizes, coordinated, and supervise the delivery of services within health care organizations, including hospitals, medical group practices, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, mental health clinics, insurance and pharmaceutical companies. The responsibilities of a health administrator take place in an environment influenced by many regulations and political forces. Consequently, a thorough understanding of the factors influencing health policy is crucial to effective health administration.
Students in the health administration and policy emphasis area also are eligible to apply for admission to the Master in Public Health and Master of Business Administration dual degree.
HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION EMPHASIS
DEGREE: MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
DEGREE PLAN: PHLHPAMPH
DPH 622 Epidemiology
DPH 623 Biostatistics*
DPH 655 Environmental Health
DPH 656 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
DPH 611 Internship 3-9 hours
DPH 626 Introduction to Health Systems
DPH 627 Health Policy
DPH 657 Financial Aspects of Health Care I
DPH 670 Health Law and Justice
DPH 727 Health Care Strategic Planning
DPH 716 Health Economics
DPH 737 Health Care Org Behavior and Human Resources
DPH 747 Health Care Marketing
DPH 757 Financial Aspects of Health Care II*
DPH 623 Must successfully complete one course in statistics (DPH 440) prior to enrollment
DPH 757 Must successfully complete DPH 657 prior to enrollment
MPH Core Competencies
Epidemiology (DPH 622)
- Apply appropriate descriptive, observational, and experimental epidemiological methods to identify determinants of disease in various populations while recognizing the strengths and limitations of those methods.
- Examine public health problems in terms of magnitude, person, place, and time, and calculate basic epidemiologic measures.
Environmental (DPH 655)
- Examine the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to an individual that impact public health.
- Propose methods of preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between individuals and their environment.
Biostatistics (DPH 623)
- Apply basic statistical concepts for exploring, describing, reorganizing, and analyzing public health data to obtain insight about populations from which data were drawn.
- Apply common statistical methods for estimation and inference appropriately according to underlying assumptions and study design principles.
Social and Behavioral (DPH 656)
- Interpret social and behavioral concepts and theories and their applicability to contemporary public health problems with the aim of reducing the disease burden on society, enhancing health prevention behaviors, and promoting health.
- Examine evidence-based approaches in the development, implementation, and evaluation of social and behavioral interventions, studies, and programs.
Health Administration (DPH 625; emphasis-area-specific coursework)
- Analyze the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health systems in the U.S.
- Apply essential management principles of planning, organizing, staffing, influencing, and controlling to public health programs, services, and organizations.
MPH Health Policy and Administration Emphasis Area Competencies
- Use legal and ethical principles in public health decision making.
- Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organization performance issues.
- Analyze the impact of political, social, and economic policies on public health programs, services and organizations.
- Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing to public health programs, services and organizations.
- Apply and utilize management and leadership concepts and skills in public health programs, services and organizations.
- Communicate health policy and management issues using appropriate channels and technologies.
- Analyze the current issues of planning, resource allocation and financing and their effects on public health programs, services, and organizations.
- Analyze current public health systems issues using U.S. and international historical models of health care delivery.