Health Policy and Management

Graduates from the Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) are poised for careers in health care management, health economics and population health management. From making the delivery of health care safer and more efficient to expanding health insurance coverage, our graduates are trained to make sense of today’s complex environment. We are constantly looking for ways to eliminate disparities in access and care, while providing economic evaluations to the government. Our unique location in South Florida allows us to incorporate diversity into our research, which ensures our graduates develop into culturally sensitive leaders.

Our department’s faculty and staff inspire students to make a difference through research and partnerships with South Florida health care and non-health care organizations as they explore innovative solutions to society’s most pressing public health problems. Some of the hot topics we grapple with each day include: Who has rights to health care and what kind of care should people receive? Which policies should we have in place to support small businesses for the next outbreak? What should we do to improve how we care for our nation’s veterans? Our students learn how to shape these discussions and debates.

With all the recent changes in the U.S. health care system, we have reimagined our master’s degree program to connect our graduates directly to the labor market. Now, our Master of Public Health (MPH) students can choose one of three concentrations:

  • If you are interested in working in health systems or health care facilities, the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in health policy and management provides specific skills in risk management, finance and quality improvement.
  • If you are interested in the demand, utilization and financing of health services, the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in health economics teaches skills in data management and economic evaluation.
  • If you are interested in improving patient care, the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in population health management delivers training in the aggregation of patient data across multiple health information technology resources.

Additionally, we launched a new doctoral program in health systems research; the Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in health systems research is one of two degree programs of its kind in the country. It focuses on strengthening systems solutions to public health, health system and health care problems, and our doctoral students become coveted experts in conducting program evaluations and making policy recommendations.

Our department appreciates that many of our students are working full-time so all HPM courses are available online, and we are transforming all to adaptive learning in hopes of providing a more modern and individualized pace throughout the academic year.

To contact the department for general information or advising appointments, contact Mileyvis “Mimi” Guzman at 305-348-7803 or


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Master's Level Overview (MPH)








PHC 6945 (Practicum in Public Health) and PHC 6930C (Integrative Seminar in Public Health/culminating experience) are both required for all MPH students.

The practicum may be taken after completing a minimum of 30 hours, including all core courses. The practicum may be waived if the student has at least three years of relevant practice experience working in a public health setting. The waiver request is prepared and submitted by the student through their faculty advisor and department chair. If the practicum requirement is waived, the student will need to substitute three additional approved hours so that the total curriculum hour requirement of 45 is met. MPH students are expected to complete PHC 6930C Integrative Seminar in Public Health during their last semester in the program.

Master of Social Work + Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH Joint Degree)

For students studying in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Stempel College who are interested in expanding their clinical training to any of the three MPH concentrations there is an opportunity to do so through the MSW/MPH joint degree.

The MSW/MPH with a concentration in health policy and management joint degree program is a three-year program that synergizes knowledge and skills from the disciplines of social work and public health. If a student is interested in either health economics or population health management, the curriculum can be modified as necessary. The first year consists of social work courses, followed by mainly public health courses in the second year, and a combination of social work and public health courses in the third and final year. The required credits for the program total 90 credits.

Note: If you are a MSW student with advanced standing, this joint degree program will only take two years. Students with an undergraduate degree in social work, who meet the criteria for the MSW advanced standing, may apply to this accelerated program. Both the first and second years of the program include social work and public health courses. The required credits for the program total 63 credits.

MPH, Concentration in Health Policy and Management + Ph.D. in History (Combined MPH/Ph.D.)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in health policy and management/Ph.D. in History is designed for students who are interested in leadership positions in government, private corporations, non-profit organizations and research entities. The combined degree is offered through Stempel College’s HPM department in collaboration with FIU’s Department of History. Students must be admitted to both programs, and will be encouraged to pursue a public health practicum that allows for historical exploration and qualitative research, among other practicum requirements. Students will earn their MPH after two years of study (including summers); they will complete comprehensive exams in history immediately following their fourth year; and then, they will obtain a doctorate after defending dissertations in or after their sixth year. Our graduates are catapulted into advanced careers in academia or the government for health policy analysis and health technology impact assessments.


Doctoral Level Overview (Ph.D.)

The Department of HPM offers one of the two health systems research doctoral programs in the country. This Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in health systems research prepares graduates to analyze health services, health systems and health policy/management from a systems perspective. This means that students apply systems modeling such as agent-based modeling, system dynamic simulations, social network models and geospatial models to the design and evaluation of health systems and health polices. Systems thinking is a problem-solving approach that challenges the decision-maker to look beyond the health system to find out what needs to be changed to improve population health and determine where resources will be the most efficient and effective. The program is geared to helping students complete their dissertations in four years and is a fully hybrid curriculum. The total credits are 70.



Graduate Certificate Programs

If you are interested in health policy or health economics, we encourage you to pursue our certificate programs. Doing so could advance your career or serve as a stepping stone to a full MPH degree.

Graduate Certificate in Health Policy

Take a deep dive into health policy. Learn how to bring stakeholders together to reach consensus on policy issues. Write a policy issue briefing while also implementing it.

Certificate in Health Economics

Conduct economic evaluations of programs or policies.

Funding your education

At Stempel College, we understand that academic success can be affected by financial aid and funding opportunities. Our students have access to myriad funding options by degree level (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral) and by academic discipline (Public Health, Dietetics & Nutrition, Social Work). It’s important to understand the basics of applying for financial aid and the additional resources available to you as a Stempel College student. For more, please visit Funding Your Education in our website’s “Student Life” section.

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