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