Public Health Policy & Management Track

Curriculum for MPH in Public Health Policy & Management 

The Master of Public Health in Public Health Policy and Management (PHPM) degree is a 42 credit hour program. This track incorporates curriculum that studies the organization, structure, and delivery of health-related services, and associated population health outcomes. Students may customize their academic focus in either public health policy or administration, or both. As part of Loyola’s MPH mission, an emphasis is given throughout the coursework on health equity and social justice. The PHPM curriculum consists of 6 core courses (18 credit hours), 5 program specific courses (15 credit hours), and 6 elective credits. Students must also complete a practicum (1 credit) and capstone project (2 credits).

The practicum is usually an internship or field study that provides the student with practical experience in a public health setting requiring the student to apply and integrate the skills and knowledge learned during their graduate study.

The Capstone is a student-led project which culminates with a professional presentation and written manuscript. The project should demonstrate students’ ability to integrate and apply the program learning to a specific public health topic of their choosing.

The PHPM track program was designed to provide flexibility to accommodate the course load and schedule needs of working students. The program can be completed online, with the exception of the practicum experience, which requires physical presence at the student’s selected field site. Local students may opt to take selected courses on-campus.  

PHPM Track Competencies Addressed:

  1. Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the US.
  2. Describe the legal and ethical bases for public health and health services.
  3. Explain methods of ensuring community health safety and preparedness.
  4. Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations.
  5. Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  6. Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing to public health.
  7. Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues.
  8. Apply "systems thinking" for resolving organizational problems.
  9. Communicate health policy and management issues using appropriate channels and technologies.
  10.  Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships.



Core courses (18 credits): Six 3 credit hour courses

  • Determinants of Health MBPH 400
  • Public Health Practice and Management MPBH 402
  • Introduction to Epidemiology MPBH 403
  • Public Health Policy: Concepts & Practice MPBH 407
  • Biostatistics I MPBH 409
  • Public Health in Action MPBH 499

Public Health Policy and Management Track-Specific Courses

(15 credits): Five 3 credit hour courses

  • Policy Analysis MPBH 495 (3 credits)
  • Health Services and Research Methods MPBH 416 (3 credits)
  • Select one of the following track selective courses (3 credits):

Public Health Ethics BEHL 411, Social Determinants of Health & Bioethics BEHL 407, Justice and Healthcare  BEHP 402, Global Bioethics BEHL 491, Advancing Health Equity Practice BEHL 418, Biomedical Ethics & the Law BEHL 404, Organizational Ethics I BEHL412 

Select two:



  • Public Health Law: Theories and Cases MPBH 420 (3 credits)
  • Health Economics & Health Financing MPBH 424 (3 credits)
  • Population Health Planning and Management MPBH 495 or Health Program Planning and Evaluation CMAN 434 (3 credits)
  • Fiscal Management in Health Care Organizations CMAN 533 (3 credits)
  • Students must complete at least 6 elective credits
  • Practicum MPBH 410 (1 credits)
  • Capstone MPBH 411 (2 credits)