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Public Health Policy and Management

 

The Public Health Policy and Management concentration develops leaders who will influence policy and manage organizations to improve and protect the public’s health. You’ll be prepared to develop, implement, and evaluate policies and management strategies for public health services. If you are interested in working with government agencies, nonprofits, or private health care organizations that seek to advance public health, this concentration is 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 specialization in either Management or Health Policy.

 

Key Skills

When you graduate with the Public Health Policy and Management concentration, you’ll be prepared to influence policy and develop creative strategies to improve public health systems. You’ll stand out to employers with a skill set that has both breadth and depth, including:

  • Analyzing the main components and challenges in the organization, financing and delivery of health care and public health services

  • Describing the legal basis for public health and health services

  • Applying principles of leadership and management to work with and across organizations, sectors and agencies

Find out even more about the skills you’ll learn in the Public Health Policy and Management concentration, as well as the core competencies of the overall MPH degree.

 

Management Specialization

The Management specialization features courses in strategic management, organizational behavior, accounting and finance, health information technology, quality improvement, and law, followed by a culminating experience involving a public health practice experience. You will be prepared to apply the principles and practices of budgeting, resource management, strategic planning, marketing, and quality and performance improvement to enhance public health and health care delivery organizations.

Management Competencies:

  • Apply the principles and tools of budgeting and resource management to improve the performance of public health and health care delivery organizations

  • Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing to public health

  • Apply principles and practices from quality and performance improvement to address organizational performance issues

 

Health Policy Specialization

The Health Policy specialization includes courses in policy analysis, program evaluation, health economics, cost-effectiveness analysis, advanced statistics, law and public health policy, followed by a culminating experience involving a public health practice experience. You will be prepared to evaluate, develop and implement policies and programs that improve the health status of populations, especially vulnerable groups.

Health Policy Competencies:

  • Discuss processes for developing and implementing policies and programs to improve the health status of populations, especially vulnerable groups

  • Evaluate public policies and programs that promote health and health equity

  • Utilize evidence to guide policymaking to protect and promote the public’s health

 

Professional Development

You will benefit from countless opportunities to build skills and experience to prepare you for successful careers in public health and policy 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 Management Course Checklists

The PHPM: Management checklist and PHPM: Health Policy checklist 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’ve taken, as well as what’s up next.

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)


Required 0-Credit Courses

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 Management Specialization (24 Credits)

All students in the Management specialization take the following courses:

GPH-GU 2205 Communication and Public Relations (1.5)
HPAM-GP 2825 Continuous Quality Improvement (3)
CORE-GP 1021 Financial Management for Public, Private, and Health Organizations (3)
HPAM-GP 4822 Healthcare Information Technology: Public Policy & Management (1.5)
GPH-GU 2145 Introduction to Public Health Systems: Management and Policy Issues (3)
CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics and Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis (3)
GPH-GU 2292 Public Health Law (3)
PADM-GP 2110 Strategic Management of Public Service Organizations (3)
Elective (3)

Concentration Courses for the Health Policy Specialization (24 Credits)

All students in the Health Policy specialization take the following courses:

GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression and Multivariable Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 2320 Cost Effectiveness Analysis for Public Health (1.5)
HPAM-GP 4830 Health Economics: Principles (1.5)
GPH-GU 2155 Introduction to Public Policy (3)
CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics and Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis (3)
PADM-GP 2171 Program Analysis and Evaluation (3) - OR - GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
GPH-GU 2292 Public Health Law (3)
GPH-GU 2145 Introduction to Public Health Systems: Management and Policy Issues (3)
Elective (3)

 

Culminating Experience (4 Credits)

Students in the Public Health Policy and Management concentration 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 2360 Internship: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (4)

 

Elective options for PHMP

The following are for Health Policy specialization 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 Environmental Policy (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 (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 specializations:

GPH-GU 2321 Cost Effectiveness Analysis for Public Health (1.5) (please note this course is a requirement for the Health Policy specialization)
GPH-GU 5320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3)
GPH-GU 5380 Data-Driven Decision-Making in Global Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2120 Foundations of Global Health Leadership (3)
GPH-GU 2315 Global Health and Economic Development (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 5420 Monitoring & Management of Public Health Programs for Equity (3)
GPH-GU 5410 Results-Focused Strengthening of Health Systems in LMIC Countries (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 6 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 Policy and Management (GPH-GU 2110 + 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 2370 Managerial and Organizational Behavior (3)
CORE-GP 1021 Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations (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 (11.5 credits)
GPH-GU 2145 Introduction to Public Health Systems: Management and Policy Issues (3)
PADM-GP 2110 Strategic Management of Public Service Organizations (3)**
HPAM-GP 4822 Healthcare Information Technology: Public Policy & Management (1.5)**
GPH-GU 2360 Internship: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (4)

Spring semester 2 (10.5 credits)
CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis (3)**
GPH-GU 2292 Public Health Law (1.5)
HPAM-GP 2825 Continuous Quality Improvement (3)**
Elective (3)

 

Accelerated Course Sequence

First Year

Fall semester 1 (15 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 2995 Biostatistics for Public 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 (15 credits)

GPH-GU 2292 Public Health Law (3)
CORE-GP 1021 Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations (3)**
GPH-GU 2205 Communication and Public Relations (1.5)
CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis (3)**
HPAM-GP 2825 Continuous Quality Improvement (3)**
Elective (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 (16 credits)

PADM-GP 2110 Strategic Management of Public Service Organizations (3)**
HPAM-GP 4822 Healthcare Information Technology: Public Policy & Management (1.5)**
GPH-GU 2145 Introduction to Public Health Systems: Management and Policy Issues (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
Elective (1.5)
GPH-GU 2360 Internship: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (4)

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)
CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis (3)**
GPH-GU 2262 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 (13 credits)
PADM-GP 2171 Program Analysis and Evaluation (3) ** - OR - GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
GPH-GU 2360 Internship: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences (4)
HPAM-GP 4830 Health Economics: Principles (1.5)**
GPH-GU 2145 Introduction to Public Health Systems: Management & Policy Issues (3)
Elective (3)

Spring semester 2 (9 credits)
GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression and Multivariable Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 2320 Cost Effectiveness Analysis for Public Health (1.5)
GPH-GU 2292 Public Health Law (3)

 

 

 

Health Policy Specialization Accelerated Course Sequence (46 Credits)

First Year

Fall semester 1 (15 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 2995 Biostatistics for Public 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 (15.5 credits)
GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression and Multivariable Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2262 Introduction to Public Health Policy (3)
CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis (3)**
GPH-GU 2292 Public Health Law (3)
GPH-GU 2320 Cost Effectiveness Analysis for Public Health (1.5)
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 (14.5 credits)
HPAM-GP 4830 Health Economics: Principles (1.5)**
PADM-GP 2171 Program Analysis and Evaluation (3)** - OR - GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
GPH-GU 2145 Introduction to Public Health Systems: Management and Policy Issues (3)
GPH-GU 2360 Internship: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences (4)
Elective (3)

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