Health Services Management and Policy - Master of Public Health

The American health care system is growing dramatically and now employs more professionals than any other industry in the United States.  This area of study provides students with an understanding of the various factors affecting health care policy formation, quality of care, patient safety, financial viability of health care systems, the role of health technology, and ways of improving the delivery of care.

Students admitted to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program are assigned a faculty advisor who will provide guidance throughout the program.  

Program of Study

The MPH-HSMP curriculum consists of a minimum of 48 credits organized into five curricular domains:

1. Core courses in areas of knowledge basic to public health (15 credits)
2. Courses required for a specialization in HSMP (21 credits)
3. Elective courses approved for the specialization (7 credits)
4. Practicum (2 credits minimum)
5. Culminating project (3 credits minimum)

For detailed additional information about specific requirements, students are directed to the College of Public Health (CPH) Graduate Student Handbook and to the Ohio State University Graduate School Handbook.

Recommended Preparation

NOTE-  for the 2015 application cycle, the MPH in Health Services Management & Policy will only consider applicants who already have or are currently completing a professional degree (MD, JD, etc.) or graduate degree (MBA, MSW, etc.).  This is not the same as the Master of Health Administration (MHA); information on the MHA is available here.

Health Sciences Management and Policy (HSMP) is highly interdisciplinary and thus prospective students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds including business, social sciences, physical and life sciences, and humanities. The student's record must show evidence of good analytical and communication capabilities and quantitative skills. Undergraduate coures in economics and statistics are recommended for all HSMP applicants.

Students seeking the MPH degree should have an interest in health care policy and community-based approaches to health care improvement.  Every applicant's file is reviewed as a whole. Factors such as relevant prior work experience, community service activities, leadership, and communication skill are considered. In addition, the program evaluates the applicant's motivation for and commitment to assuming a leadership role in improving the delivery and financing of health services, both as found in the applicant's statement of purpose for graduate study, and as evidenced by prior activities and experience. Applicants need to be aware that admission is competitive, and they must show evidence of strong academic performance and potential.

The program is designed to be accessible to persons with a broad range of backgrounds and no specific undergraduate degree is expected. Nonetheless, applicants whose majors require them to develop good analytical and communication skills and whose records include rigorous courses that develop quantitative and verbal skills will be best prepared to succeed in the program.

For information regarding application materials, test scores and codes, and decision timelines see our frequently asked questions page.

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