Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a multi-disciplinary professional degree program designed to provide graduate level practical training in areas of specialized public health practice. The MPH in Health Policy and Management provides the study of health policy topics and concerns and policy formation, development and evaluation strategies, coupled with key operational management tools and techniques. Classroom instruction is supplemented with opportunities to apply knowledge and practice-related skills in a professional setting.  

The MPH in Health Policy and Management prepares students to:

  • Use policy and management tools to evaluate implications of specific programs, policies, and interventions on organizations and populations.
  • Develop and justify budgets that support programs and organizations in the public health and health care sectors.
  • Communicate evidence-based options to address public health management and policy problems.
  • Apply project management and strategic management tools to create public health program goals, strategies, and objectives.
  • Recommend and justify policies or organizational initiatives for implementation after examining their feasibility and implications.

The program has several major academic components:

  • The introductory Integrated MPH Core classes, along with students of all MPH concentrations, for exposure to foundational principles and methods in public health practice
  • Required and elective concentration coursework in health policy and management theories, frameworks and methods
  • The potential for additional public health related elective course work.

Though the MPH is a non-thesis degree program, it includes culminating experiences:

  • A practicum that provides an applied practical experience with a field-based preceptor, for students to demonstrate overall public health and concentration focused problem-solving skills
  • An integrative learning experience capstone for students to bring together and apply foundational and concentration competencies, including production of a high-quality written professional product.

Effective public health professionals must work across multiple disciplines and systems to address population health problems.  All MPH students are expected to participate in an interprofessional team practical activity during their degree programs.  See the IPE Learning Opportunities at the Texas A&M Health Office of Interprofessional Education and Research.

An individual with a baccalaureate degree or a physician licensed to practice medicine in the United States may apply for admission to the program.  No coursework prerequisites exist for making a successful application to this degree program.

For more details on the degree program, see the Department of Health Policy and Management website.