Health Policy and Administration

M.P.H.

For a rewarding career in public health leadership roles, it’s crucial to know how to approach solutions to public health issues at an administrative level. That’s exactly what our Master of Public Health (MPH) program explores in the Health Policy and Administration concentration. With an emphasis on a macro perspective of public health, your curriculum will prepare you to drive changes that benefit underserved and vulnerable populations through policy and legislative efforts—preparing you for career titles like medical officer, director of public health and health systems analyst.

Offered online and taught by a team of public health experts, the Master of Public Health (MPH) from Concordia University, Nebraska is grounded in the Christian faith and can be completed in as few as two years and 8 weeks. Because public health entails so many professions, any number of majors will have prepared you for this program, including community health, biology, human services, and exercise science. And, the GRE is not required, making it even more convenient for working professionals.

MPH Program Outcomes

  • Develop and assess healthcare strategies and programs to protect and promote the health of individuals, groups, and communities
  • Design and evaluate public programs and policies to promote health according to the specific needs of different populations
  • Implement public health programs that reflect data-driven and effective communication, leadership, and advocacy skills
  • Critically review, analyze, and apply findings and recommendations from medical literature and related research
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative public health research using the latest accepted methodologies
  • Act according to principles of ethical reasoning and professional practice implicit in public health decisions
  • Enter the public health workforce with knowledge and skills consistent with the five key domains of public health as recognized by the Association of Schools of Public Health Education Committee:
    • Biostatistics
    • Environmental health
    • Epidemiology
    • Health policy and management
    • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Engage in public health practice with a clear understanding of the values and ethics that define the profession

Get On Your Way

The next start date for Health Policy and Administration is Monday, Aug 28.

Health Policy and AdministrationCourses

  • Total Credits 39
  • Total Courses 13
  • Course Length 8 weeks

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Public Health is a 39 credit-hour degree program. Concordia will accept up to 9 credit hours of qualifying transfer credit for this online program.

Core Courses

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    MPH 500 Fundamentals of Public Health
    3
    This course provides an introduction and overview of the scope and history of public health and the core concepts that represent the foundation of the field.
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    MPH 505 Biostatistics
    3
    Biostatistics introduces the concepts of fundamental statistical data analysis. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, standard probability distributions, sampling distributions, point and confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, power and sample size estimation, oneand two-sample parametric and non-parametric methods for analyzing continuous or discrete data, linear regression, ANOVA, and experimental design in addressing, analyzing and solving problems in public health, health care, clinical, and population-based research. The emphasis will be on interpretation, concepts, and use of statistical software. Prerequisites: An undergraduate introduction to statistics course.
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    MPH 510 Applied Epidemiology
    3
    Students will examine core principles of epidemiology, statistical evaluation, and the impact of microbial diseases on the health of community and clinic-based populations. The epidemiology and prevention of chronic diseases will also be emphasized.
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    MPH 515 Principles of Health Behaviors
    3
    This course provides a broad overview of the field of behavioral health, examining a variety of behavioral models and theories in order to better understand behavior change, health risk behavior and psychological/behavioral factors that affect physical conditions in individuals and populations. Emphasis is placed on applying theory to a variety of health concerns.
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    MPH 520 Concepts of Environmental Health
    3
    This course examines several concepts including biological, chemical, physical, and psychosocial aspects in environmental health and applies them to the prevention of environmentally induced diseases. Additionally, the course explores issues related to biological monitoring of environmental health hazards, health surveillance, environmental monitoring, and current environmental standards governing air, water, food, and soil quality.
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    MPH 525 Health Policy and Management
    3
    This course will take a broad look at how health care works in the United States and how public health was developed, managed and funded. We will look at laws that relate to the provision of both public and private health care.
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    MPH 530 Methods of Research in Public Health
    3
    This course focuses on practical issues in health research studies. Topics include an overview of public health research, ethics in research, the theory/research relationships, formulating research questions, specifying study design and objectives, defining variables, the validity and reliability of measures, scale construction, formatting questionnaires, developing analysis plans, choosing data collection methods, sampling techniques and sample size, developing and completing research studies, preparing data for analysis, and reporting findings.
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    MPH 598 Applied Research in Public Health
    3
    This course enables you to apply research methodologies learned in previous classes. You will complete a research project incorporating -research that can be applied to public health. You must incorporate a proposition that has been successfully evaluated and appropriately cited with statistics.
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    MPH 599 Public Health Practicum
    3
    The practicum offers practical experience to build competence in the specialization of general public health.

Health Policy and Administration

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    MPH 543 Leadership and Organizational Management in Health Care
    3
    Learn how to apply leadership and organizational behavior principles in order to make effective decisions and to solve problems through conflict resolution methods in traditional and non-traditional health care settings.
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    MPH 546 Public Health Finance
    3
    This course explores the acquisition, utilization, and management of resources for the delivery of public health functions and how those factors translate to population health.
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    MPH 548 Human Resource Management in Health Care
    3
    Examines the core human resource management functions, processes and systems within healthcare organizations. Provides framework for students to recognize effective human resource management as key to accomplishing the strategic goals and missions of healthcare organizations. Reviews special considerations associated with the employment of physicians.
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    MPH 588 Marketing Public Health
    3
    This course offers an overview of the strategic and tactical practice of social marketing including basic principles, the planning process, the role of research in social marketing, message development and delivery, and evaluation of social marketing programs.
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