Health Management and Policy Track

Recommended Prerequisites

There are no prerequisite courses for the Health Management and Policy Track.  However, introductory courses in Accounting and Finance, Macro Economics, and Business Finance may provide useful preparation for the courses included in the Track.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

1st Year Introduction to Public Health Practice (1 credit) Principles of Environmental Health (3 credits) Organizational Management (3 credits)
  Social & Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 credits) Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits) Elective (3 credits)
  Statistical Reasoning in Pubilc Health (3 credits) Introduction to Research Methods (3 credits)  
   Public Health Administration and Management (3 credits)    
2nd Year Healthcare Strategy (3 credits)

Practicum (3 credits)

  Policy and Politics of Health (3 credits) Capstone (3 credits)  
  Financing Healthcare (3 credits) Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (3 credits)  


Elective Courses (3 credits)

MPH-722: Moldova International Experience (3 credit hours) - summer
Other electives as approved by faculty advisor

Educational Format

The educational program includes 43 total credit hours. Classes are taught in three Terms per year (fall, spring, summer). Full-time students are expected to take 6 credits in the summer term and 9 credits in the spring and fall terms. With this schedule, the required 43 credit hours can be completed in two years.  Part-time students are required to complete the degree within 6 years of their start date, and may take one or more courses per semester, as desired. All students are paired with an Academic Advisor.

Classes are held in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. Classes are taught on the campuses of Eastern Virginia Medical School or Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Virginia. Many of the MPH courses have a distance learning option, and are presented in either a televised, video-streamed, hybrid, or asynchronous web-based format.

Career Opportunities

The rapid changes occurring in both the private and public sectors of healthcare have continued to support a need for qualified professionals to manage complex institutions, organizations and delivery systems. Opportunities exist in mid- to executive-level management positions in hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, home-health agencies, insurance companies, managed-care organizations, government agencies, consulting firms, professional organizations and international agencies. In particular demand are professionals with skills in cost containment, marketing, finance and economics, administration of long-term care agencies, quality control, technology and data assessment, and service delivery in developing countries.