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. 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.

Our Master of Public Health (MPH) students can choose a concentration in health policy and management that provides specific skills in risk management, finance and quality improvement.

Additionally, we have a doctoral program in health systems research; the 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.

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 mileguzm@fiu.edu.


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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

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

For students interested in making an impact on the health and well-being of individuals and populations, the MSW/MPH program may serve as the perfect fit, providing a curriculum for both clinical training and health policy and management.

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.

4 + 1 Combined BA/MPH Programs

The department of Health Policy and Management has partnered with several FIU undergraudate programs to offer 4+1 BA/MPH degree options in the following areas:

Program Overview:

The combined B.A./MPH degree program allows highly qualified undergraduate students to pursue an accelerated MPH degree. Students accepted into this program will be able to complete the MPH degree as early as one year sooner than regular track MPH students. A student admitted to the combined degree program will be considered to have undergraduate status until the student applies for graduation from the bachelor’s degree program. Upon conferral of the bachelor’s degree, the student will be granted graduate status. Only 5000-level or higher courses and no more than the number of credits specified by the program catalog, may be applied toward both degrees. To be accepted into the combined B.A. /MPH degree program, students may submit an MPH program application as early as 75 credits but no later than 90 credits or their junior year in the bachelor’s, whichever comes first. To be considered for admission to the combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program, students must have completed between 75-90 credits in the bachelor’s degree program at FIU and must meet the admissions criteria for the MPH Health Policy & Management program. Students need only apply once to the combined degree program, but the application must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before the student starts the last 30 credits of their bachelor’s degree program. Additionally, once admitted, students must graduate with their B.A. within three semesters (summer semesters count). Students who do not graduate within three semesters may have their admission into the combined degree program revoked.

Application requirements:

  • Current enrollment in the A. program in Economics or Psychology or Sociology/Anthropology at FIU
  • Completed between 75-90 credits in the bachelor’s degree program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from FIU Faculty
  • Statement of purpose discussing research interests
    • Should include why you have chosen this degree, what interests you about this concentration and how you intend on using the degree once you graduate?
  • Fall Deadline: July 31 | Spring Deadline: November 30

 How to apply: All of these steps (including submission of a full application) must be taken prior to the 90-credit mark.

  • Students must first meet with their Academic Advisor to discuss program and verify eligibility requirements.
  • Schedule an appointment with the Graduate Program Director to discuss program requirements, curriculum, and program expectations.
  • Gather and prepare required materials: two letters of recommendation and statement of purpose.
  • Complete and print the top portion of Application for Admission to combined degree program http://gradschool.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/4plus1-Application.pdf
  • Schedule an appointment with the Public Health Coordinator to review and submit required documentation and application for admission.
  • Should the application for admission be approved, the student will be asked to pick up the approved application packet and submit it to FIU OneStop (SASC 126) along with a $30 application fee*.

*Once accepted into the graduate program, students must be advised by the departmental Graduate Program Director before enrolling in 5000-level graduate courses.

Graduate Program Director Contact Information:

Dr. Alejandro Arrieta Department of Public Health in Health Policy and Management MMC: AHC 5 Room 450 | 305-348-7525 | alejarri@fiu.edu

Public Health Coordinator Contact Information:

Ms. Zoraya Arguello Office of Student and Alumni Affairs MMC: AHC 5 Room 145 | 305-348-4394 | arguello@fiu.edu


Helpful Links:

FIU University Graduate School: http://gradschool.fiu.edu/ Department Website: https://stempel.fiu.edu/academics/school-of-public-health/health-policy-management/ GRE Website: http://www.ets.org/

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.



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Course Catalogs

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