Health Policy and Administration

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. 

Master of Public Health and the Master in Business Administration Degree Programs

The Department of Public Health has an academic partnership with the College of Business for students pursuing both an MPH and an MBA degree. Students in the MPH Program with an emphasis area in Health Policy & Administration are eligible to apply for admission into the Master of Public Health Program and the Master in Business Administration Program simultaneously. Students must apply and meet the admission criteria of both the MPH and MBA programs in the same semester.  




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) 


Epidemiology (DPH 622)

  1. 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.
  2. Examine public health problems in terms of magnitude, person, place, and time, and calculate basic epidemiologic measures.
 Environmental (DPH 655)
  1. Examine the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to an individual that impact public health.
  2. Propose methods of preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between individuals and their environment. 
 Biostatistics (DPH 623)
  1. Apply basic statistical concepts for exploring, describing, reorganizing, and analyzing public health data to obtain insight about populations from which data were drawn.
  2. Apply common statistical methods for estimation and inference appropriately according to underlying assumptions and study design principles. 
 Social and Behavioral (DPH 656)
  1. 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.
  2. 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)
  1. Analyze the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health systems in the U.S.   
  2. 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

  1. Use legal and ethical principles in public health decision making.
  2. Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organization performance issues.
  3. Analyze the impact of political, social, and economic policies on public health programs, services and organizations.
  4. Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing to public health programs, services and organizations.
  5. Apply and utilize management and leadership concepts and skills in public health programs, services and organizations.
  6. Communicate health policy and management issues using appropriate channels and technologies.
  7. Analyze the current issues of planning, resource allocation and financing and their effects on public health programs, services, and organizations.
  8. Analyze current public health systems issues using U.S. and international historical models of health care delivery.