Health Management and Policy Track

Recommended Prerequisites

The MPH Program strongly recommends that students applying to the Health Management and Policy Track plan to complete an introductory course in Accounting and Finance. Also, introductory courses in Macro Economics and Business Finance may provide useful preparation for the Administration and Policy Development courses included in the Health Administration 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 (3 credits) Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits) Elective (3 credits)
  Introduction to Biostatistics (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 (3 credits) Capstone (3 credits)  
  Financing Healthcare (3 credits) Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (3 credits)  


Core Requirements (25 Credit Hours)

All MPH graduate students are required to take the following courses:

  • Introduction to Public Health Practice (1 credit hours)
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
  • Principles of Environmental Health Science (3 credit hours)
  • Principles of Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
  • Public Health Administration & Management (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • Community Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • Capstone Seminar (3 credit hours)


Track Courses (15 Credit Hours)

Students in this track are required to take the following Health Management Administration and Policy courses:

MPHE-721: Healthcare Strategy (3 credit hours)
MPHE-723: Policy and Politics of Health (3 credit hours)
MPHE-727: Organizational Management (3 credit hours)
MPHE-733: Financing Healthcare (3 credit hours)
MPHE-736: Conflict Resolution & Negotiation (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses (3 credits)

MPH-722: Moldova International Experience (3 credit hours)
Other elective courses as approved by faculty advisor.

Educational Format

The educational program includes 43 total credit hours. Classes are taught in three Terms per year. Full-time students are expected to take six credits in the summer term and nine 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.

Many MPH core courses, track courses, electives, and the culminating courses have a distance learning option.  These courses 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.

Class Location

Classes are held in the evenings or on Saturdays, to accommodate working professionals. Classes are taught on the campuses of Eastern Virginia Medical School and Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Virginia.