Management, policy & community health

Equipping students with the tools to lead health departments, government agencies, healthcare facilities, research endeavors, and culturally sensitive programs is our mission.

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Shaping Visionary Leaders in the Future of Healthcare and Public Health 

In the department of Management, Policy, and Community Health (MPACH), we strike a harmonious balance between academic rigor and practical involvement. 

Equipping students with the tools to lead health departments, government agencies, healthcare organizations, research facilities, and culturally sensitive programs is our mission. 

We teach a variety of professionals and prepare all for work in healthcare, medical industries, social science research, health departments, non-profits, and community-based organizations – all collaborating to enhance both clinical and societal well-being. 

Our faculty creates a dynamic learning environment that seamlessly integrates real-world insights with classroom theories, drawing from their own experiences as well as the knowledge our students share. This constructive intersection between real-world experience and formal education enriches our curriculum and fosters a vibrant culture of engagement and mentorship throughout our department. 

Welcome! On behalf of the dedicated faculty, staff, and the vibrant community of scholars in the Department of Management, Policy, and Community Health (MPACH), I extend our heartfelt congratulations as you embark on your graduate journey with us.

At MPACH, you are presented with a range of exciting academic opportunities. We offer master's and doctoral programs in Community Health Practice, Healthcare Management and Policy, and Health Economics and Health Services Research, alongside certification options in Healthcare Administration, Leadership Theory and Practice, and more.

Our strategic location within the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical center in the world, grants you unparalleled access to a network of over 21 hospitals, academicinstitutions,innovation hubs and healthcare enterprises.

As you progress through your academic pursuits, the prospect of engaging in cutting-edge research awaits you within our affiliated Centers or through collaborations with TMC's esteemed research institutions. Additionally, our department fosters active participation in MPACH student organizations tailored to your specific interests, such as The Board (focused on management), AcademyHealth (centered on health services research), or ISPOR (dedicated to pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research), and many more.

The achievements of our graduates span the globe, with alumni making significant contributions in academic and research institutions worldwide, leading local and regional health departments, directing government agencies and community organizations, and managing healthcare systems, hospitals, and clinics. 

We eagerly anticipate offering you an enriching intellectual home within the UTHealth School of Public Health and supporting your journey to make a meaningful impact inthe field of public health.

Aanand Naik, MD
Department Chair

Community Health Practice

Pushing for progress on the front lines of public health in communities. 

Community Health Practice focuses on understanding social, economic, cultural, inter-organizational, and geographic factors to promote or protect the health of specific populations. Our community health programs help students learn to use those societal building blocks to develop, implement and evaluate programs rooted in social justice and health equity. Upon graduating, our students go on to build the bridges between theory-based interventions and practical application, often working directly with community members to create grassroots partnerships and programming that support population health needs.

Healthcare Management and Policy

One of the few Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) accredited Master of Public Health degree programs.

Healthcare management and policy programs provide an overview of the components and dynamics of health systems, a close examination of the operations of health services organizations, and an analysis of the impact of policy and politics on health systems and the health of populations. Graduates enter a variety of administrative or operational roles in health service delivery organizations and the organizations that regulate, finance and supply health services. The MPH HCM master program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Care Management Education.

Health Economics and Health Services Research

Measuring success to improve healthcare for all.

The Health Economics/Health Services Research  program provides specializations in either health economics or health services research. The program helps understand how health services, systems, technologies and policies can be designed to function in a way that is effective, equitable, efficient, and ethical. Students train under faculty who have teaching and research expertise in fundamentals of health economics, healthcare supply and demand, economic evaluation of public health, survey design, quantitative/statistical methods, big data management and analysis, health outcomes and quality of care studies, disparities in healthcare, economic and social determinants of health, healthcare decision making, and healthcare policy.

Management, Policy and Community Health (MPACH) Research

We provide an enriching and dynamic research environment characterized by numerous grant-funded initiatives and significant partnerships with the Texas State Government, as well as various health and community organizations of prominence. MPACH is also affiliated with the Center for Health Services Research, the G.M. Fleming Center for Healthcare Management, the Institute for Health Policy, and the Center for Health Care Data, which all offer additional opportunities for leadership and enriching experience.

Our research interests and efforts include:

  • Community
    • Accountable Health Communities/Accountable Communities for Health
    • Collective Impact and other collaborative interventions
    • Integrated Data Systems
    • Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
    • Cultural Competence & Diversity
    • Military/Veterans
    • Homelessness
    • Long-term Care
    • Criminal Justice
  • Designing & Conducting Surveys
    • Biomarkers and Self-Sampling
    • Survey Design & Implementation
  • Program Evaluation / Comparative Effectiveness
    • Multi Agency Collaborative Interventions
    • Formative and Outcomes Evaluation
    • Statistical and Econometric Methods in Comparative Effectiveness
  • Health Economic Evaluations
    • Cost Effectiveness and Cost Benefit Analyses
    • Net Benefit Estimations
    • Budget Impact Assessment
    • Econometrics (Statistical and Regression Based Approaches for Economic Evaluation)
    • Uncertainty, Sensitivity and Scenario Assessment
  • Environmental
    • Climate Change
    • Cumulative Risk
    • Tobacco Waste
  • Management
    • Health Information Technology
    • Leadership Effectiveness
    • Managerial Economics / Finance
    • Organizational Theory
    • Quality improvement and Evaluation
    • Value-based Healthcare
    • Community and Organizational Needs and Asset Assessment
    • Population Health Management
    • Youth Participatory Action Research for Community Health Assessment
  • Policy
    • Policy Evaluation
    • Behavioral Health Outcomes
    • Medicaid Waiver Evaluation
    • Safety Net Providers
    • Public and Private Insurance
    • Health System Reform
  • Qualitative
    • Ethnography
    • Qualitative Methods
  • Secondary Data Preparation & Analysis
    • Claims / Administrative / Clinical
    • Health Care Utilization
    • National Survey
    • Registry & Census Data
  • Spatial
    • Built Environment / Urban Economics
    • GIS / Spatial & Cluster Analysis / Visualizing Geographic Distributions
    • Spatial Econometrics
    • Spatial Autoregressive and Advanced Regression Techniques
  • Disease Conditions
    • Behavioral Health
    • Cancer outcomes research
    • Cardiovascular outcomes research
    • Diabetes Outcomes Research
    • Epilepsy
    • Global, Indigenous
    • Infectious Diseases including Hepatitis and HIV
    • Smoking
  • Methodological
    • Measurement of Health Services and Health Needs
    • Survey Instrument/Questionnaire Design
    • Health Economic Evaluation Methods
    • Statistical, Data Analytical, and Econometric Methods
    • Social Network Analysis
    • Software and Application Design

Certificates offered

The Department of Management, Policy and Community Health offers the following certificates:

For non-degree seeking students:
For degree-seeking students:

Contact us

Carol Galeener, PhD
Professor, Admissions Coordinator
[email protected]

Leticia F. Valles
Academic and Admissions Advisor III
(713) 500-9196
[email protected]

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    Among publicly-funded institutions offering graduate-level degrees in public health, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health ranks No. 9 nationally, and holds its position as No. 1 in Texas.

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    Earn and MPH in Healthcare Management in El Paso 

    Beginning fall 2022, the master of public health (MPH) in Healthcare Management will be offered with a hybrid of online and in-person classes on Friday evenings and Saturdays at the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation building to meet the needs of working professionals.


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