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Center for Global Health

Master of Public Health

Global Public Health - Health Systems, Management and Policy

​The Master of Public Health concentration in Global Public Health - Health Systems, Management and Policy provides students with a public health perspective of globalization and global health issues, programs and best practices and trains students to use public health methods to address global health challenges. Students also gain depth in the area of health systems, management and policy, which provides training in organization, administration, management and evaluation of public and private sector health programs and health systems. Students are prepared for careers in leadership within a variety of sectors, including government, health care and non-governmental organizations. 

As part of the MPH program, students are required to complete the core program curriculum, including a practicum and capstone project. Capstone projects should incorporate applied biostatistics and a global component.

For more information about our school's global health initiatives, visit our Center for Global Health.


Like other MPH concentrations, applicants are required to apply for admission to the program through the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Applicants are also required to meet the minimum standards for MPH program admission. Click here​ to review the complete MPH admissions requirements and instructions.  


 ​Health Systems, Management and Policy Global Public Health Curriculum Checksheet​
​Required Core Courses ​14
​Applied Biostatistics I ​BIOS 6601 ​3
​Epidemiology ​EPID 6630 ​3
​Environmental & Occupational Health ​EHOH 6614 ​3
​Social & Behavioral Factors & Health ​CBHS 6610 ​3
​Foundations in Public Health ​PUBH 6600 ​2
Required Health Systems, Management and Policy Courses 19
​Health Equity ​HSMP 6602 ​3
​Health Care Economics ​HSMP 6604 ​3
​Health Policy ​HSMP 6605 ​3
​Cost Benefit & Effectiveness in Health ​HSMP 6609 ​2
​Health Care Financial Management ​HSMP 6610 ​3
​Introduction to Health Policy Analysis ​HSMP 6616 ​1
​Interpreting Health Policy & Management Research ​HSMP 6617 ​2
Choose one of the following two courses:
​Public Health Administration ​HSMP 6606 ​2
​Management of Nonprofit Organizations in Public Health ​HSMP 6633 ​2
Required Global Public Health Courses ​4
​Public Health in the Global Community ​CBHS 6619 ​3
​Geographic Perspectives on Global Health ​EHOH 6623 ​1
Required HSMP Global Public Health Courses ​4
​Global Health Policy Issues ​HSMP 6615 ​2
​Comparative Health Systems ​HSMP 6618 ​2
​Practicum ​PUBH 6606 ​2
​Capstone Preparation ​HSMP 6990 ​1
​Capstone Integration ​PUBH 6991 ​1
​                                    TOTAL 45


The following sample schedule and information packet are designed to assist students in planning their course of study at the Colorado School of Public Health. The number of credits in a given semester, the order in which the required courses are taken, and the courses that are taken to meet the concentration requirements can vary. ​

Students may not use the same courses to fulfill more than one requirement. 


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Course descriptions and additional courses are available in Course Options.


Concentration Competencies

​Competencies for Students Concentrating in Health Systems Management and Policy



MPH Health Systems Management and Policy Concentration (HSMP) Competencies

Health Systems and Health Economics


Analyze the organization, financing and delivery of public and private health services in the U.S. and assess the effects of markets and political processes on these systems.


Apply commonly used methods for evaluating health economic policy, including the use of cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis.


Evaluate differences between models used for financing and delivering healthcare across countries.

Management and Leadership


Explain key elements of human resource management: defining roles and responsibilities; recruiting, motivating and retaining staffing; and assessing and applying measures for performance improvement.


Apply common quality and performance improvement tools in public health and health care settings.


Apply principles of budgeting and financial decision analysis in public health and health care settings.  


Examine attributes of strategic leadership, including the use of vision, mission, values, goals and objectives.



Differentiate key public health laws, regulations and policies affecting health programs and the delivery of health services.


Investigate commonly used frameworks for systematically and critically evaluating the policy development and implementation process at the federal, state, and local levels and outside the U.S. 


Develop a plan for engaging stakeholders and building coalitions in the development or implementation of health policy.


Examine how ethical considerations (such as social justice and human rights) influence health policy.

​​​MPH-HSMP 12 ​​Analyze how organization and delivery of health care in the U.S. related to health equity.
 Additional Competencies for Students Concentrating in Global Public Health - Health Systems Management and Policy


MPH Global Health Plus Concentration (GLH) Competencies


Describe contemporary and historic global health issues, programs, best practices and players.


Critically analyse the political, economic and ethical issues relevant to methods and contemporary issues in global health.


Recommend data collection methods in a global context, taking into account unique resources and cultural aspects of the geographic setting.


Apply concepts of global burden of disease, especially disability-adjusted life years, across national and international settings to address health challenges.

​MPH-GLH 5​​ Describe the geographic differences and connections between regions around the world and how they affect health.​

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