The Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy Administration is an emphasis area in the Department of Public Health at The University of Southern Mississippi. Known as the Executive MPH or EMPH, it is taught in the executive format with classes scheduled one weekend (Friday/Saturday) each month with the remaining coursework to be completed online.
The Executive MPH is designed for health care professionals with at least three years’ experience who have reached a point in their career where they need the skills and knowledge to manage staff members, organizations and health systems.
Students in the Executive MPH have diverse backgrounds including public health, hospital administrators, physicians, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, therapists, social workers, nursing facility administrators, and consultants.
Admission is limited to twenty-five highly qualified students. Students begin in the Fall semester and graduate after completion of forty-two credit hours in fourteen courses in May of the next academic year (five semesters in total).
The Executive MPH format is designed to maximize the transfer of knowledge between the health care professionals in each cohort through the exchange of ideas among students. The fourteen courses are taught by faculty members of the University of Southern Mississippi. Each faculty member is academically qualified with years of experience in their specialty area.
Approximately one weekend per month (Friday & Saturday) is required for class attendance. The remainder of the course work is completed on-line in a confidential and secure environment. This hybrid format enables students not only the convenience of completing coursework online but allows for monthly in-class sessions with face-to-face interaction and discussion among Executive MPH students and faculty.
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.
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.