MPH in Healthcare Management

Course of Study

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) 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 M.P.H. in healthcare management program 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. 

General M.P.H. 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 and Disease Control Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences Management, Policy and Community Health (see the UTHealth School of Public Health website for the list of M.P.H. 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 Healthcare Management.

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Competencies for M.P.H. in Healthcare Management

  1. Team Leadership: The student collaborates with others and leads teams within and across healthcare organizations and communities, adapting when needed to maximize organizational and personal success. 

  2. Communication: The student effectively communicates information and opinions appropriate to the audience both in writing and orally.

  3. Strategic Orientation: The student synthesizes the opportunities and challenges an organization faces and communicates appropriate vision and strategies for organizational success.

  4. Analytical Thinking: The student evaluates quality, safety and financial performance measures and applies analysis to support managerial decision making in health organizations and/or services

  5. Ethics & Professionalism: The student synthesizes knowledge and skills to excel professionally, acts according to high ethical standards and influences others in order to a make a meaningful contribution to the field.

  6. Population Health: The student employs an understanding of all aspects of public health and uses that knowledge to improve and sustain population health.

  7. Organizational Management: The student selects, integrates and evaluates organizational resources to provide high-quality customer-oriented health services that are responsive to innovations in healthcare and the ever-changing political landscape.