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School of Public Health
MPH Program in Health Services

Health Systems and Policy Concentration

HSP Concentration

Health Systems and Policy concentration is for students who seek a career of leadership in public or private efforts to improve the performance of the health system.

Students who complete the concentration will be well grounded in core competency areas of public policy development, health economics, law, and ethics. In addition, Health Systems and Policy MPH students will have a solid foundation in key analytic disciplines including biostatistics, epidemiology and qualitative methods. They can also acquire a deep understanding of how and where public policy is developed, what forms it takes, who the relevant actors and institutions are, and the economic and legal forces that affect and are affected by public policy.

Most students in this concentration choose to complete a capstone as their culminating project, but have the option of writing a traditional thesis.

Students electing to pursue the Health Systems and Policy MPH Concentration must satisfy the Core MPH Requirements for the School of Public Health and Department of Health Services as well as the substitutions and additional requirements listed below.

Health Systems and Policy Concentration Additional Requirements

Effective Autumn 2017

Required:

HSERV 512
Health Systems and Policy

HSERV 513
Health Policy Research

and either:

HSERV 551
Public Health Law

OR

HSMGMT 552
Health Administration & Business Law


and at Least One Methods Course From:

HSERV 521
Qualitative Methods in Health Services Research

HSERV 522
Health Program Evaluation

HSERV 527
Survey Research Methods

HSERV 548
Research Methods of Social and Contextual Determinants of Health

HSERV 583
Economic Evaluation in Health and Medicine

HSERV 584
Assessing Outcomes in Health and Medicine

HSERV 590
Organizational Theory and Applications in the Study of Health Services

B H 527
Social Science Research Methods


and at least One Ethics Course From:

B H 509
Ethics and the Social Determinates of Health

B H 544
Ethical Implications of Emerging Technology

B H 574
Justice for Healthcare

HSERV 589
Community Based Participatory Research and Health

LAW H 503
Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence

LAW H 504
Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics

LAW H 509
End of Life: Rights and Choices

LAW H 540
Health and Human Rights


Capstone Project Option in lieu of the MPH Thesis Requirement:


Waivers:
Waivers or substitutions of the Methods, Ethics, and General Elective Requirements can be made with the approval of the Health Systems and Policy Concentration Faculty Lead. Core Requirement waivers and substitutions are rare and require multiple School and Departmental approvals.