Public Health Policy and Management

The Department of Public Health Policy and Management offers two concentrations: (1) Public Health Policy and (2)Public Health Management. The department aims to develop leaders who will influence policy and manage organizations to improve and protect the public’s health. You will be prepared to develop, implement, and evaluate policies and management strategies in health care and public health. If you are interested in working with government agencies, nonprofits, or private health care organizations that seek to advance public health, these concentrations are suited to your career goals.

Like all MPH students, you will take the core public health courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral determinants of health, environmental health, and the essentials of public health biology. You will then select a concentration in either Public Health Management or Public Health Policy.

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Key Skills
Professional Development
Degree Requirements and Full-Time Sequence
Public Health Management Requirements Checklist (2017)
Public Health Management Requirements Checklist (2018)
Public Health Policy Requirements Checklist (2017)
Public Health Policy Requirements Checklist (2018)
PHPM Course Sequences (2017)
 

Key Skills

When you graduate with the Public Health Policy or Public Health Management concentration, you will be prepared to influence policy and develop creative strategies to improve health care delivery and public health systems. You will stand out to employers with a skill set that has both breadth and depth in key public health policy and management areas.

Public Health Policy Concentration

When you graduate with the Public Health Policy concentration, you will gain the following competencies that will prepare you to:

  1. Analyze the main components and challenges in organization, financing, and delivery of health care and public health services
  2. Describe the legal basis for public health and health services
  3. Apply principles of leadership and management to work with and across organizations, sectors, and agencies
  4. Discuss processes for developing and implementing policies and programs to improve the health status of populations, especially vulnerable groups
  5. Evaluate public policies and programs that promote health and health equity

 

Public Health Management Concentration

When you graduate with the Public Health Management concentration, you will gain the following competencies that will prepare you to:

  1. Analyze the main components and challenges in the organization, financing, and delivery of health care and public health services
  2. Describe the legal basis for public health and health services
  3. Apply principles of leadership and management to work with and across organizations, sectors, and agencies
  4. Apply the principles and tools of budgeting and resource management to improve the performance of public health and health care delivery organizations
  5. Apply principles of strategic management to public health

Find out even more about the core competencies of the overall MPH degree.

 

Professional Development

You will benefit from countless opportunities to build skills and experience to prepare you for successful careers in public health policy and management. Learn more about the professional development opportunities available to you at NYU GPH, including internships, fellowships, employment, volunteer opportunities, professional association membership, and more.

 

Public Health Policy and Management Course Checklists

The Public Health Management checklist and Public Health Policy checklist (see above for links) outline the requirements for these concentrations, as well as which core and concentration courses have pre-requisites. Use these tools as you move along in your program to help keep track of the courses you have taken, as well as those you plan to take later on in the program.

Download the PDF Concentration Sheet

Public Health Core Courses (18 credits)

All students in the Public Health Policy & Management concentration take the following courses:

GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership (1.5)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social and Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

Concentration Courses for Public Health Management (15 credits)

All students in the Public Health Management concentration take the following courses:

GPH-GU 2294 Designing and Managing Organizations in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2019 Financial Management for Public, Private, and Health Organizations (3)
GPH-GU 2018 Microeconomics and Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis (3)
GPH-GU 2292 Public Health Law (3)
GPH-GU 2310 Strategic Management of Public Service Organizations (3)
Electives (9 credits)

Concentration Courses for the Public Health Policy (18 credits)

All students in the Public Health Policy concentration take the following courses:

GPH-GU 2321 Cost Effectiveness Analysis for Public Health (1.5)
GPH-GU 2294 Designing and Managing Organizations in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2430 Health Economics: Principles (1.5)
GPH-GU 2155 Introduction to Public Health Policy (3)
GPH-GU 2018 Microeconomics and Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis (3)
GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
GPH-GU 2292 Public Health Law (3)
Electives (6 credits)

Culminating Experience (4 credits)

Students in the Public Health Policy and Management concentrations complete an internship, inclusive of a seminar course and 180 hours of public health practice experience, and serves as the culminating experience of the MPH degree.

GPH-GU 2359 Internship I: Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2360 Internship II: Culminating Experience Seminar (2)
 

Elective options for PHMP

The following are for Public Health Policy concentration students only:

GPH-GU 2382 A Systems Approach to Food Access (3)
GPH-GU 2340 Advocating for Community Health (3)
GPH-GU 2265 Climate Change and Public Health(3)
GPH-GU 2217 Food Policy for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition: Obesity and Diabetes (3)
GPH-GU 2285 Global Women’s Health Programs: Analyzing the Evidence to Improve Women's Lives (3)
GPH-GU 2205 Gun Violence in America: Public Health, Politics, and Pragmatisim (3)
GPH-GU 2250 Health and Human Rights (3)
GPH-GU 5210 HIV/AIDS from a Global Perspective (3)
GPH-GU 2115 Introduction to the Principles of Nutrition in Public Health (3)
PADM-GP 2444 LGBT Issues in Public Policy (3)
GPH-GU 2357 LGBTQ Health Disparities (3)
GPH-GU 2210 Migration & Health (3 credits)
GPH-GU 2275 Nutritional Epidemiology in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2374 Perspectives on Reproductive Health (3)
GPH-GU 2213 Public Health Nutrition (3) - by permission only
GPH-GU 2319 Writing Grants and Funding Proposals for Health-Related Programs (3)
 

The following courses are for both concentrations:

GPH-GU 5220 Accelerating Progress Towards Health-Related SDGs (3)
GPH-GU 9220 Building and Leading Global Public Health Organizations (3)
GPH-GU 5380 Data-Driven Decision-Making in Global Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5150 Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Organizations (3)
GPH-GU 2211 Environmental Injustice: From Local to Global (3)
GPH-GU 2375 Estimating Impacts in Policy Research (3)
GPH-GU 2120 Foundations of Global Health (3)
GPH-GU 2315 Global Health and Economic Development (3)
GPH-GU 5210 Global Health Disaster Preparedness & Response (3)
GPH-GU 2312 Global Perspectives in Reproductive Health & Human Rights (3)
GPH-GU 2405 Health Communications: Changing Social Norms in Theory and Practice (3)
GPH-GU 2152 Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5270 Management of Public Health Disasters (3)
GPH-GU 5420 Monitoring & Management of Public Health Programs for Equity (3)
GPH-GU 2345 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response: A Global Perspective (3)
GPH-GU 2296 Public Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3)
GPH-GU 5410 Results-Focused Strengthening of Health Systems in LMIC Countries (3)
GPH-GU 2317 Social Epidemiology (3)

We currently do not offer any Management-only electives, but there are many options on the Wagner list below:

Wagner Elective Options for PHPM Students

Click here for a list of elective options offered through Wagner. If you are interested in any of these electives, you must request enrollment through Wagner's cross-registration page. After submitting the form, if space is available, Wagner Academic Services will enroll you; you do not need to do anything in Albert.

 

Online Courses

The following 7 public health core courses will be available to take online. Students may choose to enroll in lieu of the in-person equivalent courses which are noted in parentheses below:

GPH-GU 5106 Epidemiology (GPH-GU 2106)
GPH-GU 5995 Biostatistics for Public Health (GPH-GU 2995)
GPH-GU 5153 Global Environmental Health (GPH-GU 2153)
GPH-GU 5140 Global Issues in Social and Behavioral Health (GPH-GU 2140)
GPH-GU 5110 Health Care Policy (GPH-GU 2110)
GPH-GU 5112 Public Health Policy & Management (GPH-GU 2112)
GPH-GU 5190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (GPH-GU 2910)

2 Year Course Sequence

First Year

Fall semester 1 (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2910 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership (1.5)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

Spring semester 1 (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2019 Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations (3)
GPH-GU 2294 Designing & Managing Organizations in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

Summer

180 hours of public health practice.

Second Year

Fall semester 2 (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2359 Internship I: Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2018 Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis (3)
GPH-GU 2310 Strategic Management of Public Service Organizations (3)
Elective (3)

Spring semester 2 (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2360 Internship II: Culminating Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2292 Public Health Law (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

 

2-Year Course Sequence (46 Credits)

First Year

Fall semester 1 (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership (1.5)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

Spring semester 1 (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2294 Designing & Managing Organizations in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2155 Introduction to Public Health Policy (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)


Summer

180 hours of public health practice.


Second Year

Fall semester 2 (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2359 Internship I: Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2018 Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis (3)
GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
Elective (3)

Spring semester 2 (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2360 Internship II: Culminating Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2430 Health Economics: Principles (1.5)
GPH-GU 2321 Cost Effectiveness Analysis for Public Health (1.5)
GPH-GU 2292 Public Health Law (3)
Elective (3)

Are you ready to reinvent the global public health paradigm and become a leader that helps populations around the world? Apply for the Master of Public Health now!