Health Policy and Management*

Graduates from the Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) are poised for careers in health care management 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. Our unique location in South Florida allows us to incorporate diversity into our research, which ensures our graduates develop into culturally sensitive leaders.

Graduates 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 topics 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? Our students learn how to shape these discussions and debates.

Our Master of Public Health (MPH) students choose a concentration in health policy and management that provides specific skills in risk management, finance and quality improvement. Additionally, we have a Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in health systems research that focuses on strengthening systems solutions to public health, health system and health care problems, and our doctoral students become experts in conducting program evaluations and making policy recommendations.

To contact the department for general information or advising appointments, please contact us at 305-348-7803.

* The Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) is being transitioned to a Department of Global Health. Admissions to the HPM Concentrations (MPH and PhD) are closed while the Department, along with the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs, remain focused on supporting the teaching and advising of current students.

Master's Level Overview (MPH)

MPH in Health Policy and Management

MPH in Health Policy and Management provides students with core skills in management, policy analysis, public health economics and how to use evidence in decision-making. Students get specialized training in continuous quality improvement (with an option of obtaining the Health Care Professional Quality Improvement Certification), health system budget finance, and risk management in health systems (supporting getting the state of Florida health care risk management certification). Students completing this masters are positioned to start or advance careers in hospitals or health systems.

For the curriculum students are required to complete 15 core MPH credits, 15 core HPM credits, 9 elective credits specific to the concentration, a 3 credit practicum and a 3 credit capstone course for a total of 45 credits.

MPH Core Curriculum: (15 credits)

PHC 6000 Epidemiology I: Introduction to Public Health Epidemiology 3

PHC 6065 Public Health Statistics 3

PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Policy and Management 3

PHC 6315 Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences 3

PHC 6410 Health Behavior and Public Health 3


Major in Health Policy and Management: (15 credits)

PHC 6104C Public Health Management and Leadership 3

PHC 6154C Evidence Synthesis Applied to Clinical Settings and Health Policy-Making 3

PHC 6155C Health Policy Analysis 3

PHC 6430C Public Health Economics 3

PHC 6148 Strategic Planning for Healthcare Organizations 3


Elective Courses for Health Policy and Management: (9 credits)

PHC 6148C – Strategic Planning for Healthcare Organizations (3)

PHC 6160 Public Health Budgeting and Financial Management 3

PHC 6147 Continuous Quality Improvement in Healthcare Organization 3



MPH HPM Accelerated One-Year Program Advising Sheet – Exceptional candidates may be recommended for a one-year MPH, concentration in Health Policy and Management (accelerated track). The one-year accelerated program is well-suited for pre-med students and professionals looking to obtain a degree in less time.

Practicum and Culminating Experience: (6 credits)

PHC 6945 Practicum in Public Health 3

PHC 6930C Integrative Seminar in Public Health 3

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.

HPM Ph.D. Handbook 

Access resources including departmental course catalog, course descriptions, college and department contacts, helpful links, and more.


Course Catalogs

 View 2020-2021 Health Policy and Management Course Catalog (PDF)