Health Management and Policy Track

The Health Management and Policy track provides students with knowledge and skills to address the complex issues characteristic of today’s dynamic healthcare sector. Students prepare to face the cost, access and quality challenges of the healthcare system, incorporating concepts and competencies from such areas as management, policy analysis and finance. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to meet the challenging demands in health care, public health and health policy environments.

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.

Course Sequence | Educational Format | Career Opportunities

Full Time Course Sequence

Year 1

Fall Semester | 10 Credits  

MPH 600 Introduction to Public Health 1 Credit
MPH 611 Social and Behavioral Sciences for Public Health 3 Credits
MPH 612 Statistical Reasoning for Public Health 3 Credits
MPHE615 Public Health Administration and Management 3 Credits 

Spring Semester | 9 Credits  

MPH 613 Principles of Environmental Health Science 3 Credits
MPH 614  Principles of Epidemiology  3 Credits 
MPH 779 Introduction to Research Methods 3 Credits

Summer Semester | 6 Credits  

MPHE727 Organizational Management 3 Credits
*Elective   3 Credits

Year 2  

Fall Semester | 9 Credits  

MPHE721 Healthcare Strategy 3 Credits
MPHE723 Policy & Politics of Health 3 Credits
MPHE733 Financing Healthcare 3 Credits

Spring Semester | 9 Credits

MPH 750 Community Practicum 3 Credits
MPH 770 Capstone Seminar 3 Credits
MPHE736 Conflict Analysis & Negotiations 3 Credits


MPH 772 International Health Exchange Program [Summer Semester] 3 Credits
MPH 690 Leadership: Theories, Skills, and Applications 3 Credits
*Other courses 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 taught online and on-campus in the evenings on the campuses of Eastern Virginia Medical School or Old Dominion University to accommodate working professionals. Distance learning options are presented either in an asynchronous web-based or live video-streamed format.

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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.

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This website reflects current program information, including admissions criteria and curricula.  Information is subject to change.