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MPH in Global Health: Leadership, Policy, and Management

Designed for mid-career professionals, the Leadership, Policy and Management (LPM) Track seeks to train creative leaders, effective managers, and influential policy advocates who will translate knowledge into action to transform health systems. In addition to the MPH core curriculum, students complete case-based coursework and practical experiences focusing on key competencies of leadership (fostering individual and team growth, managing cultural differences, public speaking, conflict resolution); management (financial, human resources, organizational design, operations research); and policy development and advocacy (issue identification, stakeholder mapping, options analysis). A practicum or “professional affiliation” with local or national institutions provides hands-on training, and students complete a practice thesis applying LPM skills to an actual organization, implementation, or policy challenge.

Likely Careers

The LPM Track is designed for students who envision careers requiring an array of competencies to work among multiple agencies involved in management and global health, including ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, public and private foundations, corporations, advocacy groups, state legislative commission, and academic institutions.

At a Glance

Administering Department:
Global Health

Competitive applicants will have substantial health-related work experience in a low/middle-income country or in a low-resource setting in a high-income country. Post-college work, either paid or unpaid, is preferred.

Concurrent Option:   MPH/MD, MPH/MAIS, MPH/MN, MPH/MPA, MPH/MSW, MPH/JD, MPH/PhD with Anthropology

Application Deadline:  Dec. 1 for Autumn Quarter entry

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Global Health Program Assistant

Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH in Global Health, LPM track, graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the generic SPH learning objectives for the MPH degree;
  • Meet the Core-Specific Learning Objectives for all MPH students;
  • Meet the generic learning objectives of the DGH core curriculum:
    • Describe the most commoncauses of morbidity and mortality globally, both communicable and non-communicable, among newborns, children, adolescents, women, and men and apply this knowledge in the design, implementation, or evaluation of health services or programs;
    • Describe the major components ofhealth information systems (e.g., surveillance, national registries, surveys, administrative data) and some of the uses, challenges and limitations of gathering and using health statistics;
    • Analyze the role of leading factors, institutions and policy frameworks in shaping the organization and governance of international health since the mid-20th century;
    • Analyze how historical, political, and economic factors have and are shaping, maintaining and reforming health and health care systems;
    • Apply scientific methods to plan, scale up and/or evaluate interventions to improve determinants of health and health systems;
    • Identify and describe the impact of personality and emotional intelligence upon leadership style;
    • Translate insights from self-assessment into a personal plan for improving leadership and management skills;
    • Identify and describe leadership and management areas of competence and developmental learning;
    • Describe the attributes, qualities and characteristics of an organizational learning environment that fosters individual and team growth and learning;
    • Develop a personal mission and vision to guide leadership development and growth;
    • Pose meaningful questions about what constitutes effective management and leadership in different cultural and organizational contexts;
    • Identify and describe the impact of cultural influences upon leadership style and strategies for managing cultural differences;
    • Align and motivate individuals, systems, and resources toward a common purpose;
    • Define the difference between impact and intent in leadership style;
    • Identify strengths in influencing others and areas for development;
    • Apply an influence model to increase personal potency in an organization and across multiple or virtual teams;
    • Communicate clearly and with cultural competence with lay and professional audiences.
    • Describe how to transition others through organizational change;
    • Develop a frame through which to reconcile the nature of leadership with the reality of daily work;
    • Identify the social intelligence requirements to function effectively in a team;
    • Demonstrate effective interaction in team and group projects;
    • Identify and discuss the historical, social, cultural, economic, and political context of a public policy issue;
    • Identify and analyze key stakeholders in a public policy issue, their interests, and their potential to influence policy changes;
    • Identify and apply the tools of public policy and analyze options for using them to address specific public policy issues;
    • Analyze and discuss the important roles of science and values in choosing a course of public policy action;
    • Identify and analyze appropriate measures of success or failure of a public policy action;
    • Identify and integrate an ethics and human rights‐based framework in approaches to public health policy issues;
    • Present concise analyses of public policy issues both orally and in writing;
    • Approach challenges in global health management using conceptual models and frameworks for guidance;
    • Identify and consult appropriate sources of data for making sound management decisions;
    • Identify monitoring and evaluation methods that answer key questions about programmatic efficiency and effectiveness;
    • Design and manage systems that are responsive to donor requirements and assure financial and ethical accountability;
    • Actively participate in class assignments, class discussions and group activities, using the participation experience to form judgments about the management and operation of health care organizations, while beginning to form a personal and professional value system for use in developing personal leadership skills and career development priorities;
    • Form judgments about the importance and utility of developing and applying ‘mental models' to guide management analysis and decision‐making, to create ‘heuristic tools' and skills as a strategy to increase management effectiveness and facilitate organizational learning;
    • Make management decisions that weigh practical needs and conditions with ethical and legal considerations;
    • Use management tools for assessment and program planning, implementation, and evaluation;
    • Link management and leadership skills to a results framework; and
    • Develop applied skills in budgeting, human resources and evaluation.