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Health Systems, Managment & Policy


Master of Public Health

Health Systems Management


 About Health Systems Management


A MPH degree in HSM prepares students to manage and lead organizations and programs.  Coursework includes healthcare finance, strategic management and marketing, accounting and more.  Typical worksites for individuals with a MPH degree in HSM include local, state, national and international public health agencies, Hospitals and Health Systems, Accountable Care Organizations, Managed Care Organizations and non-profit community organizations.  Graduates in these positions administer, manage and evaluate health policies, programs and services.

Required Core Courses (14 credits)

BIOS 6601                      Applied Biostatistics I                                              3 credits

EPID 6630                       Epidemiology                                                         3 credits

EHOH 6614                     Environmental & Occupational Health                     3 credits

CBHS 6610                      Social & Behavioral Factors & Health                       3 credits

PUBH 6600                      Foundations in Public Health                                   2 credits


Required Health Systems, Management & Policy Courses (16 credits)

HSMP 6604                    Health Care Economics                                              3 credits

HSMP 6605                    Health Policy                                                             3 credits

HSMP 6609                    Cost Benefit & Effectiveness in Health                        2 credits

HSMP 6610                    Health Care Financial Management                            3 credits

HSMP 6612                    Principles in Health Care Management                        2 credits

HSMP 6616                    Introduction to Health Policy Analysis                         1 credit

HSMP 6617                    Interpreting Health Policy & Management                   2 credits


Required Health Systems Management Core Courses (8 credits)

HSMP 6611                    Strategic Management in Health Care                         2 credits

UCD Course                    Fundamentals of Accounting                                      2 credits

HSMP 6607                    Current Legal Issues in Health Care                            2 credits


HSMP 6608                    Ethical/Legal Issues in Public Health                           2 credits

HSMP 6614                    Maternal Child Health Management & Policy                3 credits


HSMP 6606                    Public Health Administration                                       2 credits


HSMP 6633                    Management in Nonprofits                                          2 credits

Practice Based Learning (4 credits)

PUBH 6606                      Practicum                                                                  2 credits

PUBH 6955                      Capstone                                                                   2 credits


TOTAL                                                                                                              42 credits​​​​​​​


 Concentration Competencies



MPH Health System Management Concentration (CN) Competencies

Compared to the HSMP concentration, the HSM concentration has additional required coursework to build greater depth and breadth in management. Only competency 7 is different from HSMP.

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 accounting, 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.

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