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Health Systems, Managment & Policy

Health Systems, Managment & Policy

Master of Public Health

Health Systems, Management & Policy

In today’s complex and rapidly changing health care environment, the field of health systems, management and policy is essential. Faced with making the delivery of care safer and more efficient, expanding health insurance coverage and improving the performance of entire health systems, MPH students in Health Systems, Management & Policy (HSMP) are addressing America’s most pressing health concerns.

As a student in HSMP, you’ll engage with faculty working on sophisticated research in mental health, health insurance, health outcomes, substance abuse treatment and health economics. Faculty research is funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Leave the program prepared to meet the challenging demands in health care, public health and health policy environments. Work as policy analysts, health care managers and health services researchers in hospitals, managed care organizations, government agencies and research institutions.



 HSMP Courses

Course Title
Credit Hours
Public Health Core Courses
BIOS 6601 - Applied Biostatistics I
EPID 6630 - Epidemiology
CBHS 6610 - Social & Behavioral Factors & Health
EHOH 6614 - Occupational & Environmental Health
PUBH 6600 - Foundations in Public Health
HSMP Core Courses
HSMP 6604 - Health Care Economics
HSMP 6605 - Health Policy
HSMP 6609 - Cost Benefit/Effectiveness
HSMP 6610 - Health Care Financial Management
HSMP 6612 - Principles in Health Care Management
HSMP 6616 - Introduction to Health Policy Analysis
HSMP 6617 - Interpreting Health Policy and Mgmt. Research
Total Credit Hours


  • Identify the main components and issues of the organization and financing of public health systems in the US.
  • Describe the legal, regulatory, and ethical bases for public health initiatives.
  • Apply the principles of program planning development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  • Apply the principles of strategic planning to public health.
  • Apply “systems thinking” for resolving organizational problems.
  • Critically assess and select appropriate quantitative and qualitative measurement methods for assessing program effectiveness.
  • Identify and describe appropriate research designs for assessing program effectiveness.
  • Understand the relationship of public health to the health care delivery system and the economic factors influencing the components of the delivery system.
  • Apply economic principles and theories to analyze the delivery of health care services, public health and health policy issues.
  • Understand the effects of markets and political processes on the allocation of resources to health services and public health programs.
  • Understand the policy process and the principles, values and pressures that guide health care policy making.
  • Perform a policy analysis for a decision maker, addressing the issues of cost, benefit, distribution, effectiveness, efficiency, administrative ease, legality, equity, and political acceptability, and make and support recommendations affecting health policy and practice.
​Sample Schedule and Updated HSMP 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.
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Course descriptions and additional courses are available in Course Options.
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