Master of Public Health Healthcare Management Option


At the local, regional and national level, our healthcare system confronts new challenges in coping with the many changes in technology, information systems, financing and management. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22% from 2010 to 2020". The MPH concentration in Healthcare Management will prepare graduates to manage public health programs and organizations. Students will learn the conceptual, organizational, personnel and financial skills required for effective, but also compassionate and ethical, work performance. 

The current graduate program within the Department of Community Health and Sustainability has achieved regional distinction among students interested in the management of healthcare information systems. The faculty engaged in healthcare management who teach in the program has been an asset to the program and will teach the classes with students who are experienced managers working throughout the healthcare industry and a diverse mix of clinicians, including both NP's and MD's will enrich the educational experiences. The existing Heath Informatics and Management program has experienced an increase in the number of international students, many whom are health professionals. This will also enrich the educational experience of the MPH students in the Healthcare Management option. 

Graduates with a Master's degree in public health with an option in Healthcare Management will have advanced education in healthcare finance, law and ethics in healthcare, operations analysis and quality improvement, healthcare management and healthcare information systems. They will be prepared to assume leadership positions.  

 Graduates of the Healthcare Management Option in MPH program will be prepared to:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate public health initiatives
  • Assume "hands" management of public health programs and organizations.
  • Provide leadership as a thoughtful, analytical and ethical manager within the public health community.
  • Support increased efficiency, effectiveness and accountability within the public health workplace.

 For more information, please contact: Leland Ackerson, Ph.D.,

 Curriculum Plan

Fall Semester Year 1

  • PUBH.5061 Environmental Health
  • PUBH.5750 Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • PUBH.5021 Public Health Policy

Spring Semester Year 1

  • PUBH.5120 Operations Analysis and Quality Improvement
  • PUBH.5070 Leadership & Management in Public Health
  • PUBH.5010 Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
  • XXXX.XXXX Elective

Fall Semester Year 2

  • PUBH.5060 Quantitative Methods in Healthcare
  • PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems
  • XXXX.XXXX Elective
  • PUBH.6660 MPH Practicum

Spring Semester Year 2

  • PUBH.5110 Healthcare Finance
  • PUBH.5150 Applied Health Economics
  • PUBH.6670 MPH Practicum II

*Part-time plans of study can be arranged in consultation with an academic advisor. Full-time plans of study that begin in the Spring Semester will include the same courses taken in a slightly different order.