MPH in Health Services Organization

Course of Study

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is the basic professional degree in the field. It is required for many supervisory and managerial positions in public health and is recommended for many others. Students are expected to complete a series of courses that cover the breadth of public health and develop competencies appropriate for their elected discipline.

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.

General MPH Degree Requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of at least 45 semester credit hours
  • Completion of five core courses, one in each discipline: Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences: Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences Management, Policy and Community Health (see the SPH website for the list of MPH core courses)
  • Completion of a course in Ethics in Public Health and Healthcare
  • Satisfactory completion of a Practicum
  • Satisfactory completion of a culminating experience. All MPH students must present their culminating experience projects at the School prior to graduation. All completed theses or reports will be made available to the public.

Current Degree planner for MPH in Health Services Organization


Competencies for MPH in HSO

  1. Evaluate the policy making process to achieve improvements of health status of populations.
  2. Identify the main components of the organization and delivery of personal and public health services in the U.S.
  3. Use data for public and private health policy analysis.
  4. Explain systems approach for addressing organizational problems as well as community and public health issues.


  1. Apply analytical methods and processes of quality assessment and improvement for analysis of health policy and management issues
  2. Apply economic concepts and methods for analysis of efficiency of private and public health policy and management issues.
  3. Apply equity principles and methods for analysis of equity of private and public health services policy and management issues.
  4. Apply alternative analytic frameworks in evaluating specific health policy proposals.