San Diego State University

MPH – Health Management & Policy




The Division of Health Management and Policy offers graduate study leading to the Master of Public Health degree (as well as a concurrent graduate program leading to a Master of Public Health degree and Master of Social Work degree).

Students in the Master of Public Health degree in Health Management and Policy receive theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to prepare them for a wide range of careers in health care management and policy in such settings as hospitals, health systems, ambulatory care facilities, insurance companies, consulting firms, managed care organizations, and public health agencies.  Instructional activities are guided by the Program’s list of competencies expected of all graduates. The Program in Health Management and Policy enjoys active support and participation by managers and executives in the local health community. The Program’s John J. Hanlon Executive Scholar is a part-time faculty member whose primary responsibility is to serve as a liaison between the Program and the health care practice community and lead the HMP Professional Development series.

The Division is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), and is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).  The Program is also affiliated with the Health Education Network of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and has an active student chapter of the ACHE through the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL).

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Required Courses

The 56-unit program is listed below and is typically completed in two years by full-time students:

  • Public Health Core Classes (12 units)
    • PH 601 Epidemiology (3)
    • PH 602 Biostatistics (3)
    • PH 603 Behavioral and Social Science in Public Health (3)
    • PH 604 Environmental Determinants of Human Health (3)
  • Health Management and Policy Concentration Courses (30 units)
    • PH 641  Introduction to Health Services (3)
    • PH 644A Health Services Organization and Management (3)
    • PH 644B Managing the High Performing Health Care Organization (3)
    • PH 645  Health Economics (3)
    • PH 647  Quantitative Methods and Health Data Analysis (3)
    • PH 648  Health Policy (3)
    • PH 742A Health Services Financial Management (3)
    • PH 742B Health Insurance and Financing Systems (3)
    • PH 747 Quality Improvement and Program Evaluation (3)
    • PH 748 Health Services Competitive Strategy and Marketing (3)
  • Prescribed Electives (3 units) – A minimum of three additional units selected with the approval of advisor from:
    • PH 743 Hospital and Ambulatory Care Management (3)
    • Other public health course or selected graduate level course in other departments with the approval of the faculty advisor
  • Supervised Field Placement (6 units)
    • PH 650R Required Community Field Practice (3) Cr/NC
    • PH 750E Advanced Field Practice: Health Management and Policy (3) Cr/NC
  • Professional Development (2 units)
    • PH 798 Special Study Cr/NC
  • Capstone Experience (3 units) *
    • PH 799A Thesis or Project (3) Cr/NC OR PH 797 Research (1-3) Cr/NC

See the SDSU Graduate Bulletin for descriptions and prerequisites for these courses.

Program of Study

Students seeking a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy are required to file an Official Program of Study (which lists all classes that will be taken to fulfill degree requirements) after completing at least 12 units of study and before completing the last 9 units. The Official Program of Study must be approved by the Graduate Adviser of the Graduate School of Public Health.

*Thesis or Directed Readings

Students may complete their degree in the Health Management and Policy concentration by choosing either Plan A (Thesis) or Plan B (Management Project or Comprehensive Exam). If students select Plan A, PH 799A is required for completion of their degree.  PH 797 (Research) is required for students selecting Plan B, and they must complete either a Comprehensive Examination or Management Project.

Time Limitation

The school expects a student to complete the degree within seven years. Failure to complete the degree requirements within seven years will result in dismissal from the program.






last udpated: 12/1/2015