MPH Health Policy and Management Program Competencies

Students Beginning Program Spring 2021 to Present

Applies to students in MPH, MD/MPH, and PharmD/MPH programs with this concentration.

  • Assess the effect of health policy on providers, payers, and populations.
  • Explain the role of the major U.S. political institutions in health policy and politics.
  • Evaluate the equity and efficiency of public policies using economic principles.
  • Critically analyze state government interventions for appropriate exercise of authority.
  • Evaluate public health programs to determine if they impermissibly discriminate between individuals and/or groups.

Students Beginning Program Fall 2017 to Fall 2020

  1. Apply management problem-solving skills to improve functioning of organizations and agencies in health systems.
  2. Assess how well different governance arrangements and policy designs result in a health care system that is responsive to differences in health needs among subsets of the population.
  3. Assess statistical findings and empirical literature to enhance policy design and implementation.
  4. Conduct economic analyses to inform public health management decision-making.
  5. Conduct financial analyses, including reading and analyzing financial statements.
  6. Evaluate the efficiency of public policies using economic concepts.
  7. Perform strategic analysis and planning for public health care organizations.
  8. Prepare health policy briefings suitable for the range of policy stakeholders involved with the formulation and implementation of a health policy under consideration by decision makers.
  9. Synthesize the research literature, assessing strengths and weaknesses of published findings, to guide evidence-informed policymaking.

Students Beginning Program Summer 2012 to Summer 2017

  • Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the US.
  • Apply legal and ethical principles to examining existing or proposing new public health and health services.
  • Apply methods of ensuring community health safety and preparedness.
  • Apply theories of the policy process for improving the health status of populations.
  • Apply the principles and components of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  • Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing to public health and health care.
  • Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues.
  • Apply “systems thinking” for resolving organizational problems.
  • Communicate health policy and management issues using appropriate channels and technologies.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships.