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MPH in Health Management and Policy

Program Overview

Program of Study




The Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy program combines training in public health with training in health management and policy to prepare current and future public health leaders for careers in health systems, government, research, advocacy and health-related community-based organizations. The goal of the Health Management and Policy program is to develop and strengthen the knowledge and practice of the delivery, management, and governance of health-related services to improve the public’s health.

The Health Management and Policy curriculum integrates the core concepts of public health with specific instruction in management, finance, strategy, policy, economics and ethics. The program prepares students to exercise effective policy and administrative leadership at all levels within the organizations and systems that support the public’s health.

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.

Course Number Course Title Credits
Core Coursework (17 credits)
HSMP 574 Health Systems Organization 3
PHE 512 Principles of Health Behavior 3
PHE 580 Concepts of Environmental Health 3
CPH/PHE/PHPM Epidemiology I (CPH, PHE 530, or PHPM 512) 4
PHE/PHPM Introduction to Biostatistics (PHE or PHPM 524) 4
Program Coursework (24 credits)
HSMP 541 Organizational Behavior in Health Service Organizations 3
HSMP 571 Health Policy 3
HSMP 573 Values and Ethics in Health 3
HSMP 576 Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations 3
HSMP 577 Health Care Law and Regulation 3
HSMP 586 Introduction to Health Economics 3
HSMP 587 Financial Management of Health Services 3
HSMP 588 Program Evaluation and Management In Health Services 3
Elective courses from the following (15 credits)
HSMP 544 Leadership and Governance in Health Services 3
HSMP 570 Health Administration 3
HSMP 572 Health Politics 3
HSMP 575 Advanced Health Policy 3
HSMP 578 Continual Improvement In Health Care 3
HSMP 579 Health Information Technology and Systems Management 3
HSMP 580 Health Services Human Resources Management 3
PA 525 Grantwriting for Nonprofit Organizations 3
PA 543 Creating Collaborative Communities 3
PA 545 Organizational Development 3
PA 549 Cross-cultural Communication in the Public Sector 3
PA 553 Sustainable Development Policy and Governance 3
PA 554 Policy Analysis Research 3
PA 556 Public Contract Management 3
PA 558 Managing Public Projects and Programs: From Local to Global 3
PHE 520 Qualitative Research Design 3
PHE 541 Media Advocacy and Public Health 3
PHE 557 National Long-term Care Policy 3
Other courses may be approved by the student’s faculty advisor.
Public Health Organizational/Field Experience (6 credits)
HSMP 509 Organizational/Field Experience 6
Certified in Public Health Examination (Pass/No Pass)

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 – Julia Goodman, PhD

Employment Rates*
Year Upon Graduation Within 3 Mos. Within 4 to 6 Mos. Within 7 to 12 Mos.
2014 (n=20) 70% 90% 95% 100%
2013 (n=9) 44% 89% 89% 100%
2012 (n=18) 54% 72% 83% 100%
2011 (n=14) 67% 86% 93% 93%
2010 (n=8) 25% 75% 88% 88%

*Data based on self-reported survey responses.

MPH HMP Graduates’ Employment Settings
Setting 2014 Alumni 2013 Alumni 2012 Alumni
(F/W of AY14-15)
Hospital or health system 2 2 3
Comm hlth cntr or ambul setting 6 0 2
Educational institution 3 0 3
Consultant (firm or self-empl) 0 1 2
Public health dept. (county) 0 0 0
Other govt agency (local, state, fed) 3 3 2
Comm-based, non-profit hlth/soc srvs org 5 3 0
Behavioral, oral, LTC or Other hlth srvs 1 1 1
For-profit tech, pharma, other org. 0 0 1
Insurance/Health plan 0 0 3
Clinical or post-grad education 0 0 0
Employed outside the hlthcare sector/other 3 0 1
Unknown/missing 0 0 0
Total 23 10 19

Snapshot Data

  • 348 graduates since HMP founding in 1994
  • 27 organizations hosted degree candidates in AY14-15*
  • 14 new students joining us this Fall
  • 100% of 2014 graduates found health-related jobs within 6 months

Programs in Health Management and Policy
Vision: The Health Management and Policy program is to be a leader in health management and policy education and be widely recognized for our contributions to the health community though a dynamic, innovative and rigorous curriculum; commitment to excellence in scholarship; and collaborative, inclusive and inspirational leadership among our graduates.

Mission: The Programs in Health Management and Policy build upon the mission of the School of Public Health, translating the broader domain of public service into the specific context of health management and policy. The Programs prepare current and future health leaders with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed for progressively responsible careers in health systems management across a range of institutional settings including hospitals, health systems, government, research, advocacy, and nonprofit community-based organizations.

Why an MPH:HMP?
What will I learn? The Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy (MPH:HMP) combines broad training in public health with specific training in health management and policy, to prepare graduates for a wide range of careers in health services administration, planning, policy, evaluation, consulting, and related careers. The goal of the program is to provide leadership in the fields of education, research, and service in all aspects of the public’s health.

Options exist to complete the MPH in a joint degree format with the MSW, MPA, and other OHSU and PSU graduate degrees. Students must be admitted to both programs and then define their specific courses with their advisor.

How will it prepare me for the future? If you are ready to move forward in a career in health services management and/or policy, the MPH HMP is the degree to help you reach your goals. The MPH is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership in public health in the United States and internationally, and the Health Management and Policy provides students with a completely health-focused curriculum. All core course content draws upon the public health disciplines and all health management required and elective courses draw upon a rich knowledge base of management and leadership courses grounded in applications in health services. Join health practitioners around the globe by obtaining a degree that is widely recognized and respected, and provides a shared knowledge base with other health professionals addressing areas such as epidemiology, health promotion, environmental health, health services research, maternal and child health, aging, and social justice.

Why the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health?
Experienced and Committed Faculty The lead faculty members teaching in the MPH HMP have substantive expertise teaching and conducting research in areas such as health systems organization and change, health care financing, access to health services and health insurance, economics of health, patient safety and health care quality, health workforce preparation and credentialing, health care leadership, and community health improvement. All faculty members teaching in the MPH HMP have completed their graduate studies in fields related to health services and/or have substantial experience working in the health sector. Their breadth of knowledge in the health sector, understanding of applications in practice, and commitment to students ensure a rich and fulfilling classroom experience.

Unique Partnerships and Community Connections With the MPH HMP you will benefit from learning and working with faculty and students at some of the best universities in the state.

Creating Leaders While in the MPH HMP program you will be working side by side with the leaders of tomorrow. Alumni of the MPH HMP program hold leadership positions in just some of these organizations:

  • Acumentra Health
  • Central City Concern
  • Legacy Health
  • Medical Teams International
  • Multnomah County Health Department
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Outside In
  • Providence Health & Services

The Department of Public Administration is the only university in Oregon that is a graduate member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), the international consortium devoted to advancing health administration education and practice (see www.aupha.org).

What are the core competencies for the MPH:HMP? The MPH:HMP program is designed to be academically rigorous, intellectually challenging, and personally rewarding. Each student accepted into the program is assigned to one of our committed faculty who serves as both advisor and mentor. The faculty-student partnership will help ensure that program competencies are met for each student. The program competencies are as follows:

1. Articulate and exemplify the ethics, values, responsibilities, obligations and social roles of a member of the health services administration profession.
2. Identify and apply relevant theories and frameworks to the practice of health services leadership, management and policy.*
3. Respond to and engage collaboratively with diverse local and global cultures and communities to address challenges in the interests of population health.
4. Identify and engage with the key elements of the health policy process.
5. Employ appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques to investigate, monitor and manage resource use.**
6. Create and manage systems and processes to assess and improve organizational performance.
7. Conceptualize, analyze, and develop creative and collaborative solutions to challenges in health services leadership, management and policy.
8. Assess challenges and explore solutions to advance cross-sectoral and inter-jurisdictional cooperation in health programs and services.
9. Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills as a health services professional and through interpersonal interactions in groups and in society.
10. Think critically and self-reflectively about emerging issues concerning health services leadership, management and policy.

*Includes both MPA:HA and MPH:HMP candidates

**Theories and frameworks could include economic, financial, legal, organizational, political, social, and/or ethical approaches.

**Resource use could include human, fiscal, technologic, information, physical, and/or other resources.