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Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy

By balancing strong management skills with an understanding of the economic, political, and social environment in which health care organizations operate, graduates of the Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy program are ready to lead as strategic thinkers, holistic problem solvers, and advocates for the public's health.


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The M.P.H. in Health Management and Policy shares a core management component with SLU's top-ranked Master of Health Administration program, providing students with competencies in strategy, systems thinking, and analytics that are essential for leadership positions in contemporary health care organizations.

Building upon this core, Health Management and Policy adds a public health perspective, deepening our students' understanding of the root causes of health and health care related challenges, the factors that support or discourage healthy behaviors in the community, and the economic and health implications of policies and strategies.

Through coursework and applied learning, our students also gain the competencies vital to analyzing and interpreting data, and applying data insights in decision making.

Educating the whole person

Our faculty's extensive industry experience and hands-on approach to teaching means students in the Health Management and Policy program put what they learn in the classroom into practice right away. Internships, case studies, and group projects with health care industry partners each present unique opportunities for applied learning experiences.

SLU's Jesuit tradition also calls our students to reflect on these experiences and explore the ethical context in which health care operates, making our graduates critical thinkers capable of evaluating issues from different perspectives.

Flexible options

By tailoring their coursework through electives, students have the option to emphasize the management component or the public health component of their curriculum.

Competency-based education

SLU's competency model is nationally known for its rigor in ensuring our students gain the knowledge and skills required by health care organizations today and in the future. Developed with input from professionals in the field, our faculty, alumni, and students, our competencies guide the development and continual improvement of our curriculum:

  • Leadership: Generate responses to problems, proposals, and politics in health policy and management.
  • Critical Thinking: Create policy approaches and alternatives within the contextual environment of health services delivery and public health.
  • Science and Analysis: Effectively use data and appropriate analytical methods to analyze and evaluate health politics, problems and proposals.
  • Management: Effectively work with people and develop teams to achieve goals.
  • Political and Community Development: Analyze political feasibility and impacts on key stakeholders to build community and collaborative partnerships at multiple levels (federal, state and local).
  • Communication: Effectively communicate the health politics, problems and proposals at multiple levels (federal, state and local) and to diverse, relevant stakeholders within and across organizations and communities.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are at work in a wide variety of settings. In fact, 94% of our graduates are placed in jobs and fellowships within three months of finishing their degree. You'll find them in:

  • Hospitals and health systems
  • Consulting
  • Law
  • Insurance
  • Not-for-profit and non-governmental health agencies
  • Governmental agencies: federal, state, & local

Faculty and Research

Classes for the health management major are taught by the same faculty as SLU's Master of Health Administration (MHA) program, which ranks in the top ten nationally among graduate programs in health care management according to U.S. News & World Report. Our faculty have active research in areas such as:

  • Health Disparities
  • Minority Men's Health
  • Chronic Disease Management

Admission Requirements

The field of public health and health management and policy needs people with all types of backgrounds and skill sets, so most undergraduate degrees or their equivalents are sufficient for pursuing an MPH in health management and policy.

MPH-HMP Curriculum
Students in joint concentrations will have a curriculum that varies from the one below.

MPH Core Curriculum

  • Behavioral Science and Public Health 
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health
  • Ethical Issues in Public Health

Concentration Curriculum

  • Economic Evaluation
  • Government Financing of Health Care
  • Management of Health Care Organizations
  • Health Economics
  • Health Policy 
  • Health Policy and Law
  • Health Care Organization
  • Concentration Electives
  • Capstone Seminar in Health Management and Policy
  • Special Study for Comprehensive Examinations 
  • Internship/Practice Experience 
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