Graduate Program Health Systems Management and Policy

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Health Systems Management and Policy Master's Degree and Doctorate Overview

With a graduate degree in Health Systems Management and Policy, you can help shape the health care institutions and health systems of the future.

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) has made a significant impact on the health systems and policies of Oregon, which is a national leader in health care reform. Our graduate degrees in Health Systems Management and Policy build on a decades-long tradition of innovation and groundbreaking research, equipping you for leadership careers in government administration, nonprofit advocacy, research, education, health services delivery, and related fields.

By earning your Health Systems Management and Policy graduate degree at the OHSU-PSU SPH, you will become part of a dynamic culture that fuses the energy of two institutions: a world-class academic health center (OHSU), and a community-engaged research university (PSU) with nationally renowned graduate programs in social work, public administration, urban affairs, and other disciplines. That combination yields creative, interdisciplinary partnerships that give rise to new models for Health Systems Management and Policy. It also allows you to get involved in major research projects and reform initiatives while interacting with stakeholders from throughout the health system.

We offer an MPH in Health Management and Policy, a Ph.D. in Health Systems and Policy, and a dual MPH/MSW in Health Management and Policy/Social Work. All three programs excel because of their:

  • A collaborative, whole-system orientation that draws on expertise from multiple academic disciplines and community stakeholders
  • Deep community engagement, with an emphasis on solving real-world health system challenges
  • Exceptional faculty who combine academic expertise with high-level achievements in designing, implementing, and evaluating health system reforms
  • Commitment to equitable, socially just health systems that serve all populations
  • Diverse community partnerships with consumer advocates, government administrators, health services practitioners, health system administrators, policy analysts, nonprofit activists, academicians, researchers, and other stakeholders
  • A tight-knit culture that fosters supportive relationships among faculty and students
  • High-profile contributions to health reform at the local, state, and national levels
  • Direct access to OHSU’s medical health and scientific experts, and PSU’s leading scholars in public policy, urban affairs, and the social sciences

MPH in Health Management and Policy

Our Health Management and Policy MPH program is led by some of the nation’s most creative health services thinkers and reformers. SPH faculty helped assess new models in Medicaid (Oregon’s groundbreaking Coordinated Care Organizations), patient-centered primary care, end-of-life issues, rural health services, and other areas of Health Management and Policy.

You will have opportunities to work on similar innovations in our Health Management and Policy MPH program, developing advanced skills in management, policy, finance, strategy, economics, and ethics. The program integrates classroom theory with applied practice, enabling you to engage in the community, develop collaborative relationships, and make a real-world impact. Graduates of our Health Management and Policy MPH degree have an outstanding record of career achievement, with high-profile leadership jobs in government, academia, the nonprofit sector, the health services industry, insurance, research, and other fields.

Ph.D. in Health Systems and Policy

The Health Systems and Policy doctoral program provides outstanding academic training to support careers in education and research, as university faculty or in applied policy positions. You can also apply your Health Systems and Policy Ph.D. to pursue executive leadership roles in government, nonprofit, and private-sector health organizations, including health systems and insurance companies.

In addition to completing core coursework in health systems, policy, and health services research, you can concentrate your studies in one of four emphasis areas:

  • Health systems organization, financing, and delivery
  • Health policy analysis and application
  • Health services access, quality, and cost
  • Community-based health and social services

All four concentrations in the Health Systems and Policy Ph.D. program integrate classroom theory with applied experience in community settings.

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
Online:
100% online
Flexible:
Combination of online and on campus
  • M
    Masters
    Locations
    On campus
    Total Credits
    62
    Start Term
    Fall
  • D
    Doctorate
    Locations
    On campus
    Total Credits
    103-111
    Start Term
    Fall

Health Systems Management and Policy Master's Degree or Doctorate: Why PSU?

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health reflects the spirit of innovation that is at the core of our two universities and the city we call home. Renowned for its collaborative outlook and embrace of new ideas, Portland is a hive of civic engagement, entrepreneurial energy, and creative vitality -- and our two universities, located in the heart of downtown, are an important part of that mix. Both universities are known for pioneering research and the public-spirited pursuit of knowledge. We are proud that the collaborative OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is built on the strengths of both campuses and a product of that innovative energy.

We at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health are training the next generation of public health leaders while working with communities to find enduring solutions to difficult public health problems. We are committed to social justice, health equity, and global sustainability. And, we are a proving ground for new ideas that offer transformative potential. We invite you to join us in this mission.

What can I do with a Master's degree or Doctorate in Health Systems Management and Policy?

Graduates of our Health Management and Policy MPH degree have an outstanding record of career achievement, with high-profile leadership jobs in government, academia, the nonprofit sector, the health services industry, insurance, research, and other fields.

With the MPH in Health Management and Policy/Master in Social Work Dual Degree, you will gain perspectives on eliminating systems of oppression, racial and ethnic discrimination, economic inequities, and advancing programs for social and political justice.

The Health Systems and Policy doctoral program provides outstanding academic training to support careers in education and research, as university faculty or in applied policy positions. You can also apply your Health Systems and Policy Ph.D. to pursue executive leadership roles in government, nonprofit, and private-sector health organizations, including health systems and insurance companies.

Featured Courses

  • PHE 530 Epidemiology I (PSU)
  • PHPM524 Introduction to Biostatistics (OHSU)
  • PHE 512 Principles of Health Behavior (PSU)
  • PHE 580 Concepts of Environmental Health (PSU)
  • PHPM 518 Concepts of Environmental Health (OHSU)
  • PAH 574 Health Systems Organization (PSU)

Electives

  • PA 549 Crosscultural Communication in the Public Sector
  • PA 553 Sustainable Development Policy and Governance
  • PA 554 Policy Analysis Research
  • PA 558 Managing Public Projects and Programs
  • PAH 570 Health Administration
  • PAH 572 Health Politics
  • PAH 578 Continual Improvement in Health Care

Accreditation

Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).