We prepare our students to improve population health.

Hosted by the Gillings School’s nationally top-ranked Department of Health Policy and Management, the Master of Public Health (MPH) concentration in Health Policy, offered on campus and online, trains the next generation of leaders in policymaking and practice so they can address the complex challenges of health care delivery and produce cutting-edge analyses. We’re known for our dedication to and excellence in teaching, as well as our individualized approaches to student learning.

What You’ll Learn

Our Health Policy concentration will empower you with the skills required to design, implement and evaluate health care and public health policies in a variety of settings, and to advocate for and lead changes in a policy setting. You will gain an intricate understanding of the current United States health care system and the politics and environment that shape policy decisions. You also will learn policy analysis and advocacy skills, as well as the foundational management skills necessary to plan for and effectively supervise financial and human resources.

Looking for more flexibility?

Explore the online version of our Health Policy concentration with our Online MPH.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are widely recognized as strategic thinkers and problem solvers. They are leaders in developing, enacting and implementing state and national policies and advocating for health policy changes at the local, state and national levels. Upon graduation, you will be:

  • Sought-after by top companies, universities, health care systems, nonprofit organizations and government agencies;
  • Prepared to work in organizations that are making a difference; and
  • A champion for population health who is committed to nurturing the next generation of health policy and management leaders.

Learn more about the opportunities that await you with an MPH from the Gillings School.

Required Courses

In addition to the interdisciplinary, 14-credit Gillings MPH Core, you will take:

  • HPM 730: Leadership and Workforce Management Strategies
  • HPM 745: Financial Management and Analysis for Public and Nonprofit Entities
  • HPM 754: Health Care in the United States: Structure and Policy
  • HPM 758: Underserved Populations and Health Reform
  • HPM 790: Advanced Health Policy Analysis and Advocacy
  • HPM 992: Health Policy MPH Culminating Experience

Concentration Competencies

This program will empower you with the knowledge and skills to achieve the following core competencies:

  • Examine past, current and emerging issues related to the organization, financing and management of health care delivery in the U.S.
  • Apply policy analysis skills to make evidence-informed policy recommendations that improve the health of populations.
  • Demonstrate an ability to influence the formulation of health policies by developing a broad-based advocacy strategy for policy change at the regulatory or legislative level.
  • Analyze existing and proposed governmental policies to assess implementation challenges and the impact of those policies on different populations and stakeholders.
  • Apply knowledge of governmental and nonprofit financial management and financial analysis to plan for, operate, monitor and report on the financial results of nonprofit and publicly financed health programs.
  • Apply key principles of organizational behavior, management, leadership and workforce management.

Requirements and Sample Plan of Study

Health Policy Degree Requirements and Study Plan (PDF)

Health Policy Degree Requirements and Study Plan-17 months (PDF)

Health Policy Degree Requirements and Study Plan-21 months (PDF)

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Adia Ware
Lead Academic Coordinator
202A Rosenau Hall

Concentration Leader

Ciara Zachary, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management