Students in the Health Management and Policy track work to address the complex issues presented by today’s dynamic healthcare sector. Students prepare to face the cost, access and quality challenges of the healthcare system, incorporating concepts and competencies from areas such as management, policy analysis and finance.

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. Administrative opportunities exist in hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, home-health agencies, insurance companies, managed care organizations, government agencies, consulting firms, professional organizations and international agencies.

Educational Format

The educational program includes 43 total credit hours. Classes are taught in three terms per year (fall, spring, summer).  Full-time students can complete this program in two years. Part-time students are required to complete the degree within 6 years of their start date. All students are paired with an academic adviser.

Classes are taught online and on campus in the evenings on the campuses of EVMS or ODU to accommodate working professionals. Online options are presented either in an asynchronous web-based or live video-streamed format.

Recommended Prerequisites

There are no prerequisite courses for the Health Management and Policy Track. However, introductory courses in accounting and finance, macroeconomics and business finance may provide useful preparation for the courses included in the track.

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
MPHE 615 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  
MPHE 727 Organizational Management 3 Credits
  Elective* 3 Credits

Year 2

Fall Semester | 9 Credits  
MPHE 721 Healthcare Strategy 3 Credits
MPHE 723 Policy & Politics of Health 3 Credits
MPH 733 Financing Healthcare 3 Credits
Spring Semester | 9 Credits
MPHE 750 Community Practicum 3 Credits
MPH 770 Capstone Seminar 3 Credits
MPHE 736 Conflict Analysis & Negotiations 3 Credits
MPH 772 International Health Exchange Program 3 Credits
MPH 690 Leadership: Theories, Skills and Applications 3 Credits
*Other courses approved by faculty adviser

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