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 MPH-610: Introduction to Public Health Practice (3 credits) MPH-613: Principles of Environmental Health (3 credits) MPH-767: Introduction to Public Health Project Methods (2 credits)
  MPH-611: Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits) MPH-614: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits) MPHE-727: Organizational Management (3 credits)
  MPH-612: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits) MPHE-615: Public Health Administration and Management (3 credits)  Selective (1 credit)
2nd Year MPH-768: Practicum (2 credits)

MPH-771: Capstone Seminar (2 credits)

  MPHE-723: Policy and Politics (3 credits)

MPHE-721: Healthcare Strategy (3 credits)

  MPHE-733: Financing Healthcare (3 credits)

MPHE-736: Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (3 credits)


 Selective (1 credit)

Selective (1 credit)  

Core Requirements (24 Credit Hours)

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

MPH-610: Introduction to Public Health Practice (3 credit hours)
MPH-611: Social & Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 credit hours)
MPH-612: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
MPH-613: Principles of Environmental Health Science (3 credit hours)
MPH-614: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
MPH-615: Public Health Administration & Management (3 credit hours)
MPH-767: Introduction to Project Methods (2 credit hours)
MPH-768: Community Practicum (2 credit hours)
MPH-771: Capstone Seminar (2 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)

Advanced studies on selected topics in public health, under supervision of a faculty member. Requires approval of the Program Director. Course topics reflect professional requirements for certifications in various public health-related fields.

MPH-670: Coalitions & Partnerships In Community Health (1 credit hour)
MPH-672: Disaster Preparedness (1 credit hour)
MPH-673: GIS Mapping (1 credit hour)
MPH-674: SAS For Non-Epidemiologists (1 credit hour)
MPH-675: Social Marketing (1 credit hour)
MPH-676: Health Disparities (1 credit hour)
MPH-677: Field Epidemiology (1 credit hour)
MPH-678: Leadership Theories, Skills, & Applications (1 credit hour)
MPH-679: Global Health (1 credit hour)
MPH-680: Pediatric Health Policy and Economics (1 credit hour)
MPH-798: Research (1 credit hour)

Educational Format

The educational program includes 42 total credit hours. Classes are taught in three Terms per year. 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 42 credit hours can be completed in two years. All students are paired with an Academic Advisor.

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.