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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 and Updated HSM 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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