Shape health policy and improve health care delivery
This program focuses on health care policies and incorporating the analysis and evaluation of all policies that affect the public’s health, such as: policies related to public health organizations, education, housing, nutrition and environmental factors.
Perfect for students who want to
- Understand the complex structures of health care delivery in the U.S.
- Explore the legal and ethical foundations for health care
- Engage in policy processes designed to improve health care access among diverse populations
Our graduates are prepared to work in:
- Governmental affairs
- Federal/state agencies
- Health policy consulting
The Master of Public Health in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation is an in-person professional degree that typically takes two years to complete and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. All MPH and MHA students take the same core integrated courses, and Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation students take cognate courses to supplement their research and career interests. Students are required to participate in a health policy-related internship during their program, and to carry out either a capstone project or thesis as a real-world application of material learned in class.
There are 45 total credits in the MPH in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation curriculum.
Module 1: Integrated Core - 6 courses
Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation - 8 courses
Module 3: Internship and Capstone (or Thesis) - 2 courses
Note: Elective courses in Module 2, Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation cognate area are selected by the student and approved by the advisor so that the MPH competencies are met. Students must take HLSA601 and choose 7 other electives.
** Requires advisor approval
* Students completing a thesis (6 credits) instead of a capstone project (3 credits) can select to take one less overview or methods or cognate area course to compensate for the 3 additional thesis credits.
|Module 1: Integrated Core Courses||Fall - year 1||SPHL601||Foundations of Public Health||1|
|Module 1: Integrated Core Courses||Fall - year 1||SPHL602||Applied Data: Epidemiology & Biostatistics||4|
|Module 1: Integrated Core Courses||Fall - year 1||SPHL603||Applied Data Laboratory||1|
|Module 1: Integrated Core Courses||Spring - year 1||SPHL610||Program Planning, Development and Evaluation||5|
|Module 1: Integrated Core Courses||Spring - year 1||SPHL611||Public Health Ethics||1|
|Module 1: Integrated Core Courses||Fall - year 2||SPHL620||Leadership and Policy Analysis||2|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Fall - year 1||HLSA601||Introduction to Health Systems (Required)||3|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Fall||HLSA611||Intro to Health Equity||3|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Fall (online)||HLSA702||Politics and Policy of Health||3|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Fall||HLSA711||Health Care Economics and Analysis||3|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Fall||HLSA720||Health Law and Ethics||3|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Spring||HLSA721||Demographic Data for Health Policy Analysis||3|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Spring||HLSA723||Policy Analysis and Advocacy||3|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Fall||HLSA724||Developing and Implementing Health Policy in MD||3|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Spring||HLSA740||Healthcare Strategic Planning and Evaluation||3|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Fall||HLSA750||Health Information Management System||3|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Fall||HLSA775||Public Health Research Methods||3|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Fall||HLSA776||Community Health Program Evaluation||3|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Spring||HLSA777||Field Experience in Program Evaluation||3|
|Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation||Fall, Spring, Summer||Elective Course from other modules, SPH, other schools at UMD, UMB, or consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitian Area**||Various||Up to 6|
|Module 3: Internship, Capstone, Thesis||Fall, Spring, Summer||HLSA778||Internship||4|
|Module 3: Internship, Capstone, Thesis||Fall, Spring, Summer||HLSA786||Capstone Project (or HLSA 799 Thesis*)||3|
Graduates of the MPH in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation will be able to:
- Synthesize literature, evidence, and data to identify policy problems and potential solutions.
- Critique and analyze the impact of multiple payers on health care delivery, financing, and health outcomes.
- Develop and assess evaluative measures linked to program or policy goals and objectives.
- Evaluate the main components of the organization and delivery of health care and their impact on population health.
- Analyze the role of power, influence, and evidence in the political and policy process at the federal, state, and local level.