MPH Public Health Policy and Administration

What is public health policy?

Public health policy includes local, state, and federal policies that directly or indirectly impact the level and distribution of health in the population. At the Zilber School, we take a broad inter-sectoral view that includes a “Health in All Policies” approach. This framework recognizes that health and wellbeing are fundamentally shaped both by both health care policies (e.g., health services policy) and policies that shape the social, economic, and environmental determinants of population health.

What makes our program distinct?

The Public Health Policy and Administration (PHPA) track is nationally distinct in its inter-sectoral, systems-level, and justice focused curriculum. Emphasizing the social, political, and economic determinants of health, students in the PHPA track gain foundational understanding of social and policy theories, and their relevance to public health practice and policymaking in various contexts.

The PHPA track also uniquely trains students in both quantitative, econometric policy analysis and qualitative research methods, with application to real-world public health policy problems.

What skillset do PHPA graduates acquire?

Through coursework and applied learning via the field experience and capstone, students will gain specific PHPA competencies and graduate with well-rounded knowledge and a solid set of skills in research-driven policy analysis, advocacy, and administration, applicable in a variety of health-related settings in public and private settings.

What types of jobs can PHPA graduates pursue?

PHPA graduates can work for state and local health departments, nonprofits, policy think tanks, advocacy organizations, or with elected officials to analyze, develop, and implement health-related policies at the city, state, or national level, among other opportunities.

Explore the PHPA degree

The PHPA program provides both the flexibility and structure that students need to tailor their coursework to meet their career goals. To gain a level of depth, students can also choose to complete one of the following suggested study plans:

A complete list of courses, including degree requirements and electives, can be found here.