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Students who graduate with this degree are well-prepared for professional roles as managers of health care organizations or analysts for public or private organizations that assist in the delivery, financing or assessment of health care services.
Joint Concentration Option
Students can combine two concentrations, allowing them to expand their knowledge in both areas. A joint concentration degree combines the competencies of each concentration. The joint concentration option for Health Management and Policy is:
Competencies are student outcomes - both knowledge and skills - that are specific to the degree and to the area of study. They reflect the knowledge and skills that we strive to develop in our students and form the basis of our evaluation of each student's achievement. For the MPH, there is a set of core competencies and set of discipline-specific competencies that guide the development of the curriculum. The competency sets are developed with input from current public health practitioners, our alumni, our faculty and our students to reflect current and future needs of the profession.
Health Management and Policy Concentration Competencies
HMP 1: Leadership: Generate responses to problems, proposals, and politics in health policy and management.
HMP 2: Critical Thinking: Create policy approaches and alternatives within the contextual environment of health services delivery and public health.
HMP 3: Science and Analysis: Effectively use data and appropriate analytical methods to analyze and evaluate health politics, problems and proposals.
HMP 4: Management: Effectively work with people and develop teams to achieve goals.
HMP 5: 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).
HMP 6: 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.
Dual Degree option
SLU graduates are employed all over the nation and internationally in a wide variety of settings and positions. Some of the career paths in health management and policy include:
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:
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.
Students in joint concentrations will have a curriculum that varies from the one below.
MPH Core Curriculum