Reuel A. Stallones Building in the Texas Medical Center in Houston
At six campuses across Texas, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health works to improve the state of public health in Texas every day. Each of our campuses is strategically placed to meet the public health education and research needs of the diverse populations across Texas. UTHealth School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation with regional campuses.
The main campus, located in the heart of Houston’s Texas Medical Center, offers students unmatched opportunities for research and employment. The School of Public Health’s five regional campuses are in Austin, Brownville, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio. Each campus has its own faculty and research specialties. Students can attend class at any of the six campuses via Interactive Television (ITV).
UTHealth School of Public Health is one of six schools of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the most comprehensive academic health system in The University of Texas System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region. In addition to the School of Public Health, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine and nursing. It also includes a psychiatric hospital, multiple institutes and centers, a growing network of clinics and outreach programs in education and care throughout the region.
The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
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. Our healthcare management program is one of the few CAHME-accredited programs in schools of public heath.
We have more than 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
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 gain 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.
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.
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