MPH - Health Policy Leadership

The MPH Health Policy Leadership concentration develops competencies in leadership, strategic planning, policy design and implementation, and political analysis. The concentration courses equip students with a skill set that draws on the expertise from the School of Nursing and Health Professions and the School of Management at USF in the areas of public health policy, management and leadership, and environmental and global health.

Located in California's state capitol, Sacramento is the ideal setting for students looking to immerse themselves in health policy and leadership. This two year program affords students with a unique and exceptional skill set that bridges macro and micro systems, including proficiency in management skills in the crafting and execution of strategic and business plans, and the development of policies at an organizational, local, state, or national level. Students are able to develop a domestic (U.S.) and global perspective throughout the program.

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Program Highlights:

  • Open to students with a Baccalaureate degree in any field from an accredited institution. View Admission requirements »
  • The MPH-Health Policy Leadership concentration requires 42 credits to graduate (26 credits of core courses + 16 credits of Health Policy Leadership courses)
  • Courses are offered year round one (1) evening per week over the course of two (2) years. Off-site assignments are conducted during the weeks that you're not attending class in person. View Deadlines and Start your Application »
  • Program has a particular emphasis on interprofessionalism, evidence-based practices with a focus on health policy leadership
  • Offers advanced coursework in leadership, public health policy and global health policy: Particularly suited to aspiring leaders in health administration, public health policy, as well as candidates aspiring for entry into doctoral programs in medicine, nursing, and allied fields of health

Concentration Competencies

  • Predict how health policies may impact risks and health outcome drivers at the health system and public health sector level
  • Synthesize evidence from literature review and databases to write a policy options paper for a specific audience, identifying a problem and proposing alternative approaches to meet health needs in underserved communities
  • Design a leadership plan and strategies to manage stakeholders and related political processes, addressing conflict, resistance, and cooperation in the implementation process
  • Communicate recommendations to improve organizational strategies and capacity to implement health policy
  • Apply scientifically-based criteria and regulatory knowledge to enhance accountability in the creation and implementation of public health policies