Management, Policy & Community Health

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We train the next generation of public health leaders to understand the needs of their communities and innovate through research and collaboration.

The Department of Management, Policy, and Community Health (MPACH) at UTHealth School of Public Health offers Master of Public Health (MPH), Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees and provides instruction in the disciplines of health economics, health services research, health care management, health policy, and community health practice.
We have over 35 faculty members who are experts in their fields and are dedicated to their students, engaging them in their research.
Our students are from diverse backgrounds and collectively share a wealth of professional and educational experiences. Graduates go on to address public health challenges both domestically and internationally, applying their education to solve real world problems.

Degree Programs in Management, Policy, and Community Health

Minors

  • Health Economics / Health Services Research
  • Health Policy
  • Healthcare Management
  • Community Health Practice

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Healthcare Management

The MPH in Healthcare Management provides students with a solid foundation for managing in an interdisciplinary healthcare environment. The program provides training for students with interests in administration and management of a variety of healthcare environments, including hospitals, public health agencies, nursing homes, health systems, pharmaceutical firms, payers and other organizations in the healthcare sector. Students gains an appreciation of all aspects of management, including organizational theory, finance, operations management, law, and strategy, which will help to improve organizational and community decision-making. The program provides a basis for understanding key managerial functions within the broad spectrum of public and private health systems.

Community Health Practice

The MPH in Community Health Practice focuses on the application of public health sciences at the community level. Faculty and students are concerned with the assessment of population health, the planning, implementation and evaluation of health programs in community settings, and appraisal of community-level effects of health policies and programs. The teaching program emphasizes systematic analysis and appropriate use of quantitative and qualitative health data. Students develop and enhance their skills by examining community health issues in the classroom and the community.

Health Services Organization

The MPH in Health Services Organization emphasizes the planning, management, and evaluation of health service systems, services, technologies and policy. The curriculum includes health economics, decision analysis, health services research, public health and legislative processes, survey research, outcomes research, quantitative methods, evaluation research, health disparities and vulnerable populations, health administration, economic and social determinants of health, utilization of health services, and ethical and legal aspects of public health.

 


Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Community Health Practice

The DrPH program in Community Health Practice offers interdisciplinary training for students who wish practice at an advanced level or pursue academic careers in public health. The DrPH program emphasizes preparation for practice. It offers breadth acquiring essential competencies through the completion of courses in a major, a minor in Leadership, and a discipline or breadth minor. DrPH students are also expected to complete a practicum related to their area of interest.

 


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD program in Management, Policy and Community Health is offered in the fields of health economics and health services research (PhD HE/HSR) and management (PhD Management) related to the health sector. Students interested in careers in these areas may pursue advanced study that leads to original research and culminates in the award of the PhD degree.

Health Economics / Health Services Research

The Doctor of Philosophy in Health Economics / Health Services Research (HE/HSR) emphasizes the economic evaluation of cost, access, and quality within the health care system. Students focus on understanding decision-making processes among consumers, providers, hospitals   clinics.

Healthcare Management and Policy

The Doctor of Philosophy in Healthcare Management emphasizes leadership development within healthcare organizations, understanding the complexities of healthcare delivery while addressing costs and quality.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Our Community Partners

Faculty Speaking Contacts

MPACH AREAS OF FACULTY EXPERTISE

Community

Qualitative

Designing & Conducting Surveys

Secondary Data Preparation & Analysis

Program Evaluation / Comparative Effectiveness

Spatial

Environmental

Disease Conditions

Management

Additional Methodological

Policy


 

Area of Focus

Faculty Members

Community

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Integrated Data Systems Linda HighfieldLaura McKieran
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Linda Highfield, Vanessa Schick, Paula Stigler-GranadosCatherine Troisi
Cultural Competence & Diversity Vanessa Schick
Military Robert Morgan (Veterans)
Homelessness Catherine Troisi 

Designing & Conducting Surveys

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Biomarkers and Self-Sampling Vanessa Schick
Social Media  Paige Wermuth
Survey Design & Implementation Rigoberto Delgado, Nuria HomedesDritana Marko, Laura McKieran, Robert Morgan, Frances Lee Revere, Vanessa Schick, Jessica TullarPaige Wermuth

Program Evaluation / Comparative Effectiveness

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Behavioral Economics Carol GaleenerSuja S. Rajan
Cost Effectiveness Henry S. Brown III, Rigoberto Delgado, Trudy Krause, David Lairson, Suja S. Rajan, Dritana MarkoMichael Swint
Physician Costs Trudy Krause
Multiagency Collaborative Interventions Laura McKieran
Comparative Effectiveness / Outcomes Research Charles Begley, Cecilia Ganduglia-Cazaban, Trudy Krause, Laura McKieran, Robert Morgan, Suja S. RajanPaul Rowan
Statistical and Econometric Methods in Comparative Effectiveness  Suja S. Rajan
Program Evaluation Gretchen Gemeinhardt, Nuria HomedesRobert Morgan, Suja S. Rajan, Frances Lee Revere, Paul Rowan, Paula Stigler-GranadosCatherine Troisi

Environmental

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Climate Change Paula Stigler-Granados
Cumulative Risk Stephen LinderDritana Marko
Tobacco Waste Paula Stigler-Granados

Management

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Compliance Ellen BreckenridgeGretchen Gemeinhardt
Cooperation Within and Across Organizations Rebecca Wells
Health Information Technology Ajit Appari, Cecilia Ganduglia-CazabanTrudy Krause
Hospital / Health Plan Administration Trudy KrauseFrances Lee Revere
Leadership Gretchen Gemeinhardt, Osama MikhailCatherine Troisi
Managerial Economics / Finance Rigoberto Delgado, Osama Mikhail, Suja S. RajanFrances Lee Revere
Occupational Health Trudy KrauseJessica Tullar
Organizational Theory Ajit Appari, Gretchen GemeinhardtRebecca Wells
Quality & Efficiency Improvement Ajit Appari, Frances Lee Revere

Needs Assessment

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Community Assessment  Linda Highfield, Nuria Homedes, Laura McKieran, Paula Stigler-Granados, Catherine TroisiPaige Wermuth
Organizational Needs Assessment Frances Lee Revere
Tracking Community & Population Health Gretchen Gemeinhardt, Stephen Linder, Dritana Marko, Laura McKieranThomas Reynolds

Policy

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Policy Evaluation Charles BegleyCecilia Ganduglia-Cazaban, Trudy Krause, Stephen LinderRobert MorganSuja S. Rajan
Applied Microeconomics Ellerie Weber
International Policy Nuria HomedesPauline Rosenau
US Health Care Policy Trudy Krause, Robert MorganPauline Rosenau
Texas Health Policy Charles Begley
Affordable Care Act Pauline Rosenau
Medicaid / Safety Net Charles BegleyRebecca Wells
Medicare Robert Morgan
Private Insurance Trudy Krause
Health System Reform Pauline Rosenau
Health IT Policy Ajit Appari

Qualitative

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Ethnography Gretchen GemeinhardtPaige Wermuth
Qualitative Methods Rigoberto Delgado, Nuria Homedes, Trudy Krause, Vanessa Schick, Jessica TullarRebecca Wells

Secondary Data Preparation & Analysis

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Claims / Administrative / Clinical Ajit Appari, Henry S. Brown III, Cecilia Ganduglia-Cazaban, Trudy Krause, Robert Morgan, Suja S. Rajan, Jessica TullarEllerie Weber
Health Care Utilization Cecilia Ganduglia Cazaban, Trudy Krause, David Lairson, Robert MorganSuja S. Rajan
National Survey Henry S. Brown IIIRobert Morgan
Registry & Census Data Linda Highfield, Laura McKieran, Suja S. RajanThomas Reynolds

Spatial

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Built Environment / Urban Economics  Henry S. Brown III
GIS / Spatial & Cluster Analysis / Visualizing Geographic Distributions Linda Highfield, Dritana Marko, Laura McKieran, Thomas Reynolds, Paul RowanPaula Stigler-Granados
Spatial Econometrics Ellerie Weber

Disease Conditions

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Behavioral Health Trudy Krause, Suja S. Rajan, Paul RowanRebecca Wells
Breast Cancer / Mammography / Screening, Underserved Populations Linda HighfieldSuja S. Rajan
Chagas Paula Stigler Granados
Diabetes / Productivity Henry S. Brown III
Economics of Cancer Prevention David LairsonSuja S. Rajan
Epilepsy Charles Begley
Global, Indigenous Nuria Homedes, Paula Stigler-GranadosMichael Swint
Infectious Diseases Catherine Troisi
Multiple Chronic Conditions Ajit Appari
Smoking Henry S. Brown III

Additional Methodological

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Health Services Measurement Robert Morgan
Social Network Analysis Rebecca Wells

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The Center for Health Systems Research, Policy, and Practice

Faculty in the MPACH Department at UTHealth SPH are leaders in the fields of healthcare management and health policy. Here in Houston, students and researchers have access to more than 20 hospitals, clinics, schools and other healthcare businesses in the largest medical center in the world.

Figure 1: Organization of the Center for Health Systems


The Center for Health Systems Research, Policy, and Practice is comprised of three research centers and an institute. UTHealth SPH also collaborates with the other schools of public health in Texas.

Centers and Institutes

Center for Health Services Research

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G. M. Fleming Center for Healthcare Management

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Institute for Health Policy

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Center for HealthCare Data

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MPH


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MPH in Community Health Practice

MPH in Health Services Organization

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DrPH


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DrPH in Community Health Practice

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PhD


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Health Economics/Health Services Research 

Healthcare Management & Health Policy

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Management, Policy, and Community Health Trainings


Current Trainings

Health Executive Education

The George McMillan Fleming Center executive education courses help busy healthcare professionals sharpen their skills and build the sought-after managerial and leadership expertise necessary to excel in today’s evolving healthcare industry

Previous Trainings

Camp Boot Community Faculty Training

This faculty training workshop increases the ability of community members to partner with professional researchers in community-based participatory research

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