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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

Advising Hours

By appointment only

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 problems.
  6. Compare leadership skills for building partnerships in public health and demonstrate health policy and management effectiveness using appropriate channels and technologies.

Required Courses

Course requirements and course descriptions can be found in the Georgia Southern University Graduate Catalog.

Health Policy and Management Concentration Documents

2-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission)MPH Health Policy and Management Plan of Study PDF

Last updated: 11/7/2018