Management, policy & community health

Preparing students to manage health departments, lead government agencies, oversee health care facilities, pursue research or develop programs with experience-based insight.

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Training the next generation of public health leaders

The Department of Management, Policy and Community Health strikes a balance between academic rigor and hands-on experience.

The people in our classrooms represent nearly every aspect of the healthcare, medical industries and social scientific research as well as health departments, non-profits and other community-based organizations working to improve health and social conditions inside and outside the clinic. Our faculty strive to create a learning environment that flows seamlessly between the outside world and our classroom by drawing on their perspectives and experiences as well as those of our students.  Our program enrollees include hospital administrators, clinical professionals, interdisciplinary students and researchers, state health department executives, nonprofit executive directors and policy directors.  Their experience enriches our curriculum and creates a culture of engagement and mentor-ship within the department.

Welcome! On behalf of the faculty, staff and students in the Department of Management, Policy, and Community Health (MPACH), I would like to congratulate you on beginning your graduate education with us.

Our department offers you masters and doctoral degrees in Community Health Practice, Healthcare Management and Policy, or Health Economics and Health Services Research, and certifications in Healthcare Administration or Leadership Theory and Practice.  The Texas Medical Center, or TMC, offers you access to over 20 hospitals, clinics, schools, and other healthcare businesses in the largest medical center in the world. As you complete your academic work, you may have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in one of our affiliated Centers or within TMC research institutions.  You can become active in the MPACH student organizations which match your interest, The Board (management), AcademyHealth (health services research), or ISPOR (pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research).

Our graduates work in academic and research organizations world-wide, manage local and regional health departments, lead government agencies and community organizations, and manage healthcare systems, hospitals, and clinics.

We look forward to providing you with an intellectual home at UTHealth School of Public Health and to helping you make a positive contribution to public health.

Dr. Aanand Naik
Department Chair

Community health practice

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

Community health practice focuses on understanding social, socioeconomic, cultural, inter-organizational, and geographic factors to promote or protect the health of specific populations. We use those societal building blocks to develop, implement and evaluate programs rooted in social justice and health equity within communities. Our students are on the front lines of building the bridges between classroom learning and field 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 brings together different facets and disciplines of the health care delivery system, preparing students to take on administrative or operational roles across the spectrum of public and private health care settings. Because we place so much emphasis on developing community-based connections as part of our projects, students are exposed to nearly every aspect of health care delivery systems, and enjoy a high job placement and advancement rate due to the broad perspective gained during their degree program.

Health economics and health services research

Measuring success to improve health care for all.

Our health economics, health services research, and health services organization programs provide the foundation to ensure that health services, systems, technologies and policies function in a way that is equitable, efficient, and ethical. Students train and study under experts in economic evaluations, big data, survey and outcomes research, and quantitative methods.  Our students make improvements in high-need fields like preventive and therapeutic population health management, policy evaluation and research, pharmacoeconomics, veteran’s affairs, long-term care, health disparities, and health and economic outcomes.

Management, policy and community health research

We offer a supportive and thriving research culture, including many grant-funded projects and high-profile collaborations with the Texas State Government and other health and community organizations. Our department is also affiliated with the Center for Health Systems Research, Policy and Practice, which includes the Center for Health Services Research, the G.M. Fleming Center for Healthcare Management, the Institute for Health Policy, and the Center for Healthcare Data, which all offer additional opportunities for leadership and enriching experience.

Our research interests and efforts include:

  • 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
  • Climate Change
  • Cumulative Risk
  • Tobacco Waste
  • 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 Evaluation
  • Behavioral Health Outcomes
  • Medicaid Waiver Evaluation
  • Safety Net Providers
  • Public and Private Insurance
  • Health System Reform
  • Ethnography
  • Qualitative Methods
Secondary Data Preparation & Analysis
  • Claims / Administrative / Clinical
  • Health Care Utilization
  • National Survey
  • Registry & Census Data
  • 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
  • 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
(713) 500-9426

Leticia F. Valles
Academic and Admissions Advisor II
(713) 500-9196

  • Naik appointed Chair for MPACH & Executive Director for the Consortium of Aging

    UTHealth Houston selects renowned geriatrician to lead key initiatives and promote research

    Following a national search, renowned geriatrician Aanand Naik, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Management, Policy and Community Health, and associate dean for Learning Health Systems at UTHealth School of Public Health. Naik has also been selected as the Nancy P. and Vincent F. Guinee, MD Distinguished Chair and executive director of the UTHealth Houston Consortium on Aging.

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    Aanand Naik, MD, MPH

    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.


    El Paso Campus Building