Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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MPH in Health Management and Policy

MPH in Health Management and Policy

With a graduate degree in Health Systems Management and Policy, you can help shape the health care institutions and health systems of the future. 

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) has made a significant impact on the health systems and policies of Oregon, which is a national leader in health care reform. Our graduate degrees in Health Systems Management and Policy build on a decades-long tradition of innovation and groundbreaking research, equipping you for leadership careers in government administration, nonprofit advocacy, research, education, health services delivery, and related fields. 

By earning your Health Systems Management and Policy graduate degree at the OHSU-PSU SPH, you will become part of a dynamic culture that fuses the energy of two institutions: a world-class academic health center (OHSU), and a community-engaged research university (PSU) with nationally renowned graduate programs in social work, public administration, urban affairs, and other disciplines. That combination yields creative, interdisciplinary partnerships that give rise to new models for Health Systems Management and Policy. It also allows you to get involved in major research projects and reform initiatives, while interacting with stakeholders from throughout the health system. 

We offer an MPH in Health Management and Policy, a Ph.D. in Health Systems and Policy, and a dual MPH/MSW in Health Management and Policy/Social Work. All three programs excel because of their:

  • Collaborative, whole-system orientation that draws on expertise from multiple academic disciplines and community stakeholders.
  • Deep community engagement, with an emphasis on solving real-world health system challenges.
  • Exceptional faculty who combine academic expertise with high-level achievements in designing, implementing, and evaluating health system reforms. 
  • Commitment to equitable, socially just health systems that serve all populations.
  • Diverse community partnerships with consumer advocates, government administrators, health services practitioners, health system administrators, policy analysts, nonprofit activists, academicians, researchers, and other stakeholders.
  • Tight-knit culture that fosters supportive relationships among faculty and students.
  • High-profile contributions to health reform at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Direct access to OHSU’s medical health and scientific experts, and PSU’s leading scholars in public policy, urban affairs, and the social sciences.

MPH in Health Management and Policy

Our Health Management and Policy MPH program is led by some of the nation’s most creative health services thinkers and reformers. SPH faculty helped assess new models in Medicaid (Oregon’s groundbreaking Coordinated Care Organizations), patient-centered primary care, end-of-life issues, rural health services, and other areas of Health Management and Policy.

You will have opportunities to work on similar innovations in our Health Management and Policy MPH program, developing advanced skills in management, policy, finance, strategy, economics, and ethics. The program integrates classroom theory with applied practice, enabling you to engage in the community, develop collaborative relationships, and make a real-world impact. Graduates of our Health Management and Policy MPH degree have an outstanding record of career achievement, with high-profile leadership jobs in government, academia, the nonprofit sector, the health services industry, insurance, research, and other fields. 

Accreditations and Rankings

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

An accurate and current example of the Program of Study can be viewed in the relevant Student Handbook.

Students can complete the program in a dual degree format with the Master of Social Work. Other dual degree options require the approval of directors from both programs. Students must be admitted to both programs.



Students graduating from this track will be able to:

  • Apply ethical principles and behaviors that govern the practice of health management and policy.
  • Apply theory in the development, implementation and evaluation of solutions to challenges in health management and policy.
  • Represent cultural competency with diverse cultures and communities in the practice of health management and policy.
  • Apply policy process knowledge and techniques to support development and implementation of health policy.
  • Set and employ appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques to evaluate and manage health system performance.
  • Design and implement processes to assess and improve organizational and system performance.
  • Solicit and integrate input from health system stakeholders to advance cooperative solutions to health system challenges.
  • Design and deliver communication materials supporting the practice of health services leadership, management and policy.
  • Demonstrate critical and self-reflective thinking in the practice of health management and policy.

Application questions – Josh Hodsden, MBA

Registration questions – Laura Ehrlich, M.Ed.

Program Director – Neal Wallace, PhD