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MPH in Health Services: General Focus

Students in the Health Services MPH program acquire knowledge and skills in the following areas: determinants of health and disease; external and internal factors shaping health care and public health systems; structure, function, and performance of health systems; policy analysis and development; management; strategies for improving health; and evaluation methods. Required coursework includes a focus in the areas of management, policy or health economics. Optional concentrations are available for students in the in-residence program who want further depth of knowledge in health policy, the social and behavioral sciences, or issues pertaining to the health of women, children and families.

At a Glance

Administering Department:
Health Services

Priority is given to applicants with clearly-defined training interests that align well with the strengths of the program, particularly those who already have had two or more years of relevant work experience.

Application Deadline:  December 1, for Autumn Quarter entry

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Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH in Health Services, 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;
  • Assess community health problems and make recommendations to address these problems through community collaboration;
  • Identify determinants of access and delivery of health services; use this information to design strategies to improve the availability of health services by drawing on health sector and non-health sector resources;
  • Manage, and use data to continuously improve, health programs and services; and
  • Design and conduct studies of effectiveness, efficiency, and outcomes of programs, interventions, and policies aimed at improving the health of individuals, populations, and/or communities.