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M.P.H. Concentration: Health Management and Policy

The health management and policy program at SLU is consistently ranked among the very best in the United States. A major in this field will prepare you to design and formulate administrative and legislative solutions for complex health issues.


Our health management and policy concentration blends a core management component with advanced public health training. That, along with an applied-team-based learning experience that draws a diverse group of students from around the country and the world, will equip you for senior leadership roles in a wide range of public, private and not-for-profit organizations committed to improving health care delivery systems, access to health care services, and reducing risks to the public’s health.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

There are no additional requirements for the health management and policy concentration. Please refer to the admissions requirements for all M.P.H. applicants.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until classes are full. No GRE is required. Applications are reviewed holistically and are accepted on a rolling basis until classes are full. Apply using the centralized application service

Joint Concentration Options


A joint concentration in epidemiology requires just six additional credit hours and can still be completed in two years.

We live in a data-driven economy where the need for assessment skills is increasingly important. A joint concentration provides the additional skills that future employers will value and the flexibility to do more with your career, particularly if you are interested in research and consulting.

Dual-Degree Options

Students in the health management and policy program can earn a dual degree with SLU's School of Law in four years. SLU's Center for Health Law Studies is the number one ranked program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Students wishing to apply for the dual-degree program must apply separately to the School of Law.

Concentration Competencies

SLU's strong job placement rates are based largely on its competencies-based training, collaborative faculty and a team-based learning environment. In this concentration, you will master a variety of skills, knowledge and abilities in the following key areas:

  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking
  • Science and analysis
  • Management
  • Political and community development
  • Communication

What Our Faculty Investigate

  • Chronic disease management
  • Health disparities
  • Minority men's health

Applied Practice Experience (APEx)

As a Master of Public Health student, you will be required to complete an internship, referred to as the Applied Practice Experience, or APEx, with an approved organization and preceptor. This 320-hour experience is designed to enhance your educational experience and promote professional competence in health management and policy. 

Careers in Health Management and Policy 

With a Master of Public Health and a concentration in health management policy you will be able to analyze and create effective strategies and polices for hospitals and health systems at the very highest levels of the organization.

You can become a senior health policy director or advisor for federal and state legislators and in governmental agencies at all levels such as the Department of Health and Human Services.

You can also work for various NGOs and advocacy organizations, such AARP, and for prestigious think tanks and research organizations in academia, Washington, D.C., or throughout the nation and around the globe.