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Health Systems, Managment & Policy

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.

Course  Course # Credits
Public Health Core Courses
Applied Biostatistics I BIOS 6601 3
Epidemiology EPID 6630 3
Occupational & Environmental Health EHOH 6614 3
Social & Behavioral Factors & Health CBHS 6610 3
Health Systems & Management HSMP 6603 3
Foundations in Public Health PUBH 6600 2
HSMP Core Courses

​Health Care Economics ​HSMP 6604 ​3
​Health Policy ​HSMP 6605 ​3
​Cost Benefit/Effectiveness ​HSMP 6609 ​3
​Health Care Financial Management ​HSMP 6610 ​3
​Introduction to Health Policy Communications ​HSMP 6616 ​1
​Health Systems Management Required Core Courses
​Strategic Management in Healthcare ​HSMP 6611 ​2
​Principles of Healthcare Management ​HSMP 6612 ​2
​Fundamentals of Accounting ​HSMP xxxx ​2
​Current Legal Issues in Health Care ​HSMP 6607 ​2
​Ethical/Legal Issues in Public Health ​HSMP 6608 ​2
​Practicum ​PUBH 6606 ​2
MPH Capstone Project ​PUBH 6955 ​2
​Total Program Credits 42
  • 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

The following sample schedule is 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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