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Health Management and Policy, M.P.H.

Learn more about the Master of Public Health program at Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice.

Saint Louis University's Master of Public Health 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.

Program Highlights

SLU's strong job placement rates are based largely on its competencies-based training, collaborative faculty and team-based learning environment. M.P. H. students in SLU's health management and policy concentration 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

Curriculum Overview

Learn to create solutions that address key public health and health care system management challenges. Students in the M.P.H. health management and policy concentration blend a core management component with advanced public health training to prepare 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. 

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

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

In addition to other topics, SLU's health care management faculty research:

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

SLU's M.P.H. program is designed to give students the practical skills needed for any public health career.  Over 50% of M.P.H. students work on research projects with faculty outside of a class requirement.

Students complete an internship after their first year of study to gain practical experience in their chosen career path. Students have interned in a variety of settings from local nonprofits to academic research centers, state and federal agencies, and multilateral institutions. Students work with the M.P.H internship coordinator and their faculty advisor to identify an appropriate internship in St. Louis, nationally, or across the globe.

Careers

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.

SLU’s public health graduates are employed at federal, state and local health agencies; consulting firms; consumer advocacy organizations; community-based organizations and health care centers; hospitals; research centers; and universities.

Within the first year of graduation, the vast majority of M.P.H. graduates are beginning their careers, participating in fellowships or furthering their graduate education.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The College for Public Health and Social Justice offers several ways to help finance graduate education.  Opportunities include a limited number of merit-based scholarships and graduate research assistantships.  Awards are made to applicants with the highest combinations of GPAs and test scores who complete their applications by the priority deadlines.

For more information, visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.

Accreditation

The College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). 

CEPH-Seal

View a PDF of the Most Recent CEPH Self-Study (July 2016)  

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
  • Graduates will be able to apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice.
  • Graduates will be able to select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.
  • Graduates will be able to analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.
  • Graduates will be able to interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.
Public Health and Health Care Systems
  • Graduates will be able to compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings.
  • Graduates will be able to discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels.
Planning and Management to Promote Health
  • Graduates will be able to assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health.
  • Graduates will be able to apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs.
  • Graduates will be able to design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention.
  • Graduates will be able to explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
  • Graduates will be able to select methods to evaluate public health programs.
Policy in Public Health
  • Graduates will be able to discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
  • Graduates will be able to propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes.
  • Graduates will be able to advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
  • Graduates will be able to evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.
Leadership
  • Graduates will be able to apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making.
  • Graduates will be able to apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community.
Communication
  • Graduates will be able to select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation.
  • Graduates will be able to describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.
Interprofessional Practice
  • Graduates will be able to perform effectively on interprofessional teams.
Systems Thinking
  • Graduates will be able to apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree, preferably with a 3.00 grade point average.  Students are accepted into this program from a wide variety of backgrounds and majors.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until classes are full. Apply using the centralized application service SOPHAS

Review Process

All applicants are considered using a holistic application review process, including in-person, phone or Zoom interviews with faculty members in their intended concentration areas.

Application Requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Résumé/curriculum vitae
  • Professional goal statement

Apply using the centralized application service SOPHAS.

Requirements for International Students

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students. International students must also meet the following additional requirements:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Financial documents are required to complete an application for admission and be reviewed for admission and merit scholarships. 
  • Proof of financial support that must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the student's time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of the student's study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include:
    • Courses taken and/or lectures attended
    • Practical laboratory work
    • The maximum and minimum grades attainable
    • The grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations
    • Any honors or degrees received.

WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses
HMP 5000Health Care Organization3
HMP 5390Ethical Leadership in Health Management and Policy3
PUBH 5010Mission and Practice of Global Public Health2
PUBH 5030Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health3
PUBH 5040Generating Evidence from Public Health Data3
PUBH 5060Environmental and Biological Determinants of Health3
PUBH 5070Translating Evidence and Theory for Community Practice3
PUBH 5910Practice Experience in Public Health0 or 3
PUBH 5950Special Study for Examinations0
PUBH 5960Capstone in Public Health Practice3
Concentrations
Select one of the following:
Health Management & Policy 24
Health Management & Policy / Epidemiology Joint30
Total Credits47-56

Health Management & Policy Concentration

Required core courses listed above and the following:
HMP 5300Management of Health Care Organizations3
HMP 5500Health Policy3
HMP 5200Health Economics3
HMP 5210Economic Evaluation3
HMP 5510Health Policy & Law3
HMP 5725Health Insurance and Managed Care3
Electives6
Total Credits24

Health Management & Policy / Epidemiology Joint Concentration

Required core courses listed above and the following:
BST 5100Introduction to General Linear Modeling3
EPI 5020Epidemiology Methods II3
HMP 5200Health Economics3
HMP 5210Economic Evaluation3
HMP 5300Management of Health Care Organizations3
HMP 5500Health Policy3
HMP 5510Health Policy & Law3
HMP 5725Health Insurance and Managed Care3
Electives6
Total Credits30

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Health Management & Policy Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
HMP 5000 Health Care Organization 3
HMP 5300 Management of Health Care Organizations 3
HMP 5500 Health Policy 3
PUBH 5010 Mission and Practice of Global Public Health 2
PUBH 5040 Generating Evidence from Public Health Data 3
MPH Professional Development Series: Completion of 6 sessions required during Year 1 (prerequisite for PUBH 5910).  
 Credits14
Spring
HMP 5200 Health Economics 3
HMP 5725 Health Insurance and Managed Care 3
PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health 3
PUBH 5070 Translating Evidence and Theory for Community Practice 3
MPH Professional Development Series: Completion of 6 sessions required during Year 1 (prerequisite for PUBH 5910).  
 Credits12
Summer
PUBH 5910 Practice Experience in Public Health 3
 Credits3
Year Two
Fall
PUBH 5060 Environmental and Biological Determinants of Health 3
HMP 5390 Ethical Leadership in Health Management and Policy 3
HMP 5400 Legal Aspects of Health Services Management 3
Elective: (Health Management & Policy or Applied Data Analysis Focus) 3
 Credits12
Spring
HMP 5210 Economic Evaluation 3
PUBH 5950 Special Study for Examinations 0
PUBH 5960 Capstone in Public Health Practice 3
Elective: (Health Management & Policy or Applied Data Analysis Focus) 3
 Credits9
 Total Credits50

Health Management & Policy Concentration (part-time)

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
HMP 5000 Health Care Organization 3
HMP 5500 Health Policy 3
PUBH 5010 Mission and Practice of Global Public Health 2
MPH Professional Development Series: Completion of 6 sessions required during Year 1 or 2 (prerequisite for PUBH 5910).  
 Credits8
Spring
HMP 5200 Health Economics 3
PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health 3
MPH Professional Development Series: Completion of 6 sessions required during Year 1 or 2 (prerequisite for PUBH 5910).  
 Credits6
Summer
PUBH 5040 Generating Evidence from Public Health Data 3
 Credits3
Year Two
Fall
HMP 5300 Management of Health Care Organizations 3
HMP 5510 Health Policy & Law 3
 Credits6
Spring
HMP 5725 Health Insurance and Managed Care 3
PUBH 5070 Translating Evidence and Theory for Community Practice 3
 Credits6
Summer
PUBH 5910 Practice Experience in Public Health 3
 Credits3
Year Three
Fall
HMP 5390 Ethical Leadership in Health Management and Policy 3
PUBH 5060 Environmental and Biological Determinants of Health 3
ElectiveHMP Elective chosen in consultation with mentor 3
 Credits9
Spring
HMP 5210 Economic Evaluation 3
PUBH 5950 Special Study for Examinations 0
PUBH 5960 Capstone in Public Health Practice 3
ElectiveHMP Elective chosen in consultation with mentor 3
 Credits9
 Total Credits50

Health Management & Policy/Epidemiology Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
HMP 5000 Health Care Organization 3
HMP 5300 Management of Health Care Organizations 3
HMP 5500 Health Policy 3
PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health 3
PUBH 5040 Generating Evidence from Public Health Data 3
MPH Professional Development Series: Completion of 6 sessions required during Year 1 (prerequisite for PUBH 5910).  
 Credits15
Spring
BST 5100 Introduction to General Linear Modeling 3
EPI 5020 Epidemiology Methods II 3
PUBH 5070 Translating Evidence and Theory for Community Practice 3
HMP 5200 Health Economics 3
MPH Professional Development Series: Completion of 6 sessions required during Year 1 (prerequisite for PUBH 5910).  
 Credits12
Summer
PUBH 5910 Practice Experience in Public Health 3
 Credits3
Year Two
Fall
HMP 5390 Ethical Leadership in Health Management and Policy 3
HMP 5400 Legal Aspects of Health Services Management 3
PUBH 5010 Mission and Practice of Global Public Health 2
PUBH 5060 Environmental and Biological Determinants of Health 3
ElectiveElective (Epidemiology Focus) 3
 Credits14
Spring
HMP 5210 Economic Evaluation 3
HMP 5725 Health Insurance and Managed Care 3
PUBH 5950 Special Study for Examinations 0
PUBH 5960 Capstone in Public Health Practice 3
ElectiveElective (Epidemiology or HMP Focus) 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits56

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please contact:
Bernie Backer
Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions 
bernard.backer@slu.edu 
314-977-8144