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M.P.H. Health Policy & Management

Mission and Overview

The mission of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree – Health Policy and Management program concentration is to prepare competent administrators who can provide leadership in the development of policy and in the management of public health organizations and programs.

All Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health students who select to study the M.P.H. – Health Policy and Management degree program will complete a minimum of 45 credits. Students pursuing this degree will take Public Health Core Courses (18 credits), Program Concentration Courses (21 credits), and a Practicum experience (3 credits)/Capstone Research Project (3 credits) where they will apply, in practical fashion, the skills learned throughout their program. Students will also be required to present the findings of their research project as the culminating M.P.H. experience. Upon completion of the M.P.H. – Health Policy and Management students will be trained to function effectively in the development of public health policy and the management of the delivery of public health services.

JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

Shamia Garrett, M.P.H.
Coordinator, Office of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674
Email: jphcoph-gradadvisor@georgiasouthern.edu

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Health Policy & Management Student Learning Outcomes

Cross-cutting

  1. Demonstrate proficiency and effectiveness in the communication of core public health principles and practices, both oral and written.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the integration of the core public health disciplines (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Policy/Management, and Social/Behavioral Science) in practice and research.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in problem solving, critical thinking, and public health leadership.

Health Policy & Management Concentration

  1. Demonstrate the ability to describe and apply core principles of public health (assessment, assurance, and policy development) for the purpose of improving population health.
  2. Illustrate the ability to apply a “systems thinking” approach to solving public health problems associated with organizations.
  3. Interpret trends in resource allocation on communities, with an emphasis in rural and underserved areas.
  4. Conduct and interpret relevant policy-based research using appropriate research designs and analytic techniques.
  5. Communicate health policy and management principles and concepts to lay and professional audiences through both oral and written communication.
Health Policy & Management Competencies

At the completion of the M.P.H. degree program all Health Policy & Management students will be able to:

Cross-cutting Competencies

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities. (Communication and Informatics)
  2. Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data. (Communication and Informatics)
  3. Describe the roles of history, power, privilege and structural inequality in producing health disparities. (Diversity and Culture)
  4. Explain how professional ethics and practices relate to equity and accountability in diverse community settings. (Diversity and Culture)
  5. Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served. (Diversity and Culture)

Health Policy & Management Concentration

  1. Define the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of public health systems in the US and compare the economic, professional, social and legislative influences to include safety preparedness.
  2. Describe the legal, values and ethical dilemmas in public health that are inherent in efforts to control cost, while assuring access and quality of services for the public.
  3. Compare the policy development, assessment, and evaluation process for improving the health status of populations; compare the potential impacts of policy and management on the conduct of public health research and practice.
  4. Describe the principles of program development, management, budget preparation with justification and evaluation as related for public health initiatives; in that effort, define quality, cost benefit and performance improvement concept to address organizational performance issues in public health as well as trends in planning, resources allocation, and financing their effects on consumers, providers and payers in public health.
  5. Define principles of strategic planning and marketing in public health and define how “systems thinking” can contribute to solving public health organizational pro blems.
  6. Compare leadership skills for building partnerships in public health and demonstrate health policy and management effectiveness using appropriate channels and technologies.
Required Courses
Public Health Core Courses (18 Credit Hours) Credit Hours
PUBH 5520G Introduction to Public Health 2
PUBH 6532 Environmental Health 3
PUBH 6533 Epidemiology 3
PUBH 6534 Health Policy and Management 3
PUBH 6535 Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health 3
PUBH 6541 Biostatistics 4
Health Policy and Management Courses (21 Credit Hours)
HSPM 7133 Public Health Policy and Ethics 3
HSPM 7135 Public Health Policy Development and Evaluation 3
HSPM 7230 Health Leadership and Strategic Planning 3
HSPM 7232 Public Health Finance 3
HSPM 7235 Healthcare Law 3
HSPM 7236 Health Informatics 3
Guided Electives 3
Practicum and Culminating Experience (6 Credit Hours)
PUBH 7790 Practicum in Public Health 3
PUBH 7991 Public Health Capstone Research Project 3
Total Credit Hours 45

Prerequisite undergraduate course work may be required. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health for complete information.

Health Services Policy and Management Plan of Study
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2-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission) pdf

Last updated: 9/4/2015