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Health Systems, Managment & Policy

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 among 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 projects. Capstone projects should incorporate applied biostatistics and a global component. 


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.


Contact Information

Program Director
Madiha Abdel-Maksoud, MD, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor  
email | 303.724.4393



Required MPH Core Courses    14
Applied Biostatistics I BIOS 6601 3
Epidemiology EPID 6630 3
Occupational & Environmental Health EHOH 6614 3
Soc​ial & Behavioral Factors & Health CBHS 6610 3
Foundations in Public Health PUBH 6600 2
Required HSMP Courses 16
Health Care Economics  HSMP 6604  3

Health Policy

HSMP 6605


Cost Benefit and Effectiveness in Health

HSMP 6609 2

Health Care Financial Management

Principles in Health Care Management

HSMP 6610

HSMP 6612



Introduction to Health Policy Analysis

Interpreting Health Policy and Management Research

​HSMP 6616

HSMP 6617



HSMP Elective Global Public Health Courses (select 3-4 credits)​ 3-4
Global Health Policy Issues HSMP 6615 2
Health Equity HSMP 6602 2
Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care HSMP 6608 2
Comparative Health Systems HSMP 6618 2
Required Global Public Health Courses  4
Public Health in the Global Community​ ​CBHS 6619 3​
Geographic Perspectives on Global Health​ ​EHOH 6623 ​1
​Global Public Health Electives (select 3-4 credits) ​3-4
Practice Based Learning 4
Practicum 2
Capstone Project 2
Total Program Credits 45
Global Electives


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


  • CBHS 6623 | Nutrition in the Global Community (2 credits)

  • CBHS 6629 | Health and Human Rights (3 credits) 

  • CBHS 6632 | Public Health in the Caribbean and Latin America (3 credits) 

  • CBHS 6633 | Intensive Study of Public Health Services in Cuba (3 credits) 

  • EHOH 6710 | Disasters, Climate Change and Health (3 credits) 

  • EHOH 6621 | GIS for Public Health Research and Practice (3 credits) 

  • EHOH 6670 | International Travel and Health (1 credit) 

  • EPID 6624  | Public Health Surveillance (2 credits) 

  • EPID 6635  | Communicable Disease Epidemiology (2 credits) 

  • EPID 6640  | Investigation of Disease Outbreaks (2 credits) 

  • EPID 6670  | Epidemiology and the Prevention of TB/HIV/STDs (2 credits) 

  • HSMP 6602 | Health Equity (2 credits) 

  • HSMP 6608 | Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care (2 credits) 

  • HSMP 6615 | Global Health Policy Issues (2 credits) 

  • HSMP 6670 | Comparative Health Systems (2 credits)

Sample Schedule and Updated Global Public Health Information Packet (as of April 2014)


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. ​

 Download the following:

​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 (CN) Competencies

Health Systems and Health Economics


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


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


Evaluate differences between different models used for financing and delivering healthcare.

Management and Leadership


Assess key tenets of effective organizational and financial management and evaluate the strengths and limitations of different management approaches for improving population health.


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 healthcare settings.


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


Analyze ethical considerations (such as social justice and human rights) affecting health policy and how the organization and delivery of health care in the U.S. contributes to health equity.

 Additional Competencies for Students Concentrating in Global Public Health - Health Systems Management and Policy


MPH Global Health Plus Concentration (CN) Competencies


Describe and analyze the determinants and the globalization of health as well as the health status of a given jurisdiction using credible data sources.


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


Apply critical thinking to the political, economic and ethical issues in global health.


Identify and recommend public health field methods in the global arena and their correct application.


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