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Curriculum

Concentration in Health Policy and Management

Health Policy & Management Concentration

The DrPH Health Policy & Management Concentration comprises four tracks:

  • Healthcare Management & Leadership Track 

  • Health Policy Track

  • Public Health Informatics Track

  • Quality & Patient Safety Track

Scroll below to see the competencies and curricula for all four tracks. When applying to the Health Policy & Management concentration, applicants will need to select both the concentration and a track.

Health Policy and Management concentration students must complete at least 26 credits of courses within one track per the requirements listed below. Students also complete at least two credits of course 311.861 Graduate Seminar in Health Care Management & Leadership to fulfill the 28 concentration credits.  Students may in some cases substitute alternate and/or onsite courses for track electives, with approval from their academic advisor and track director.

Concentration Co-directors

The DrPH Health Policy & Management Concentration co-directors are:

Laura Morlock, PhD

Lilly Engineer, MBBS

Please click their links to learn more about their research interests, departmental and center or institute affiliations, and contact information.

Healthcare Management & Leadership Track

The focus of the Healthcare Management and Leadership track is on measuring, monitoring and improving the clinical and financial performance of health services organizations, as well as training leaders for organizational change. The track curriculum is based on the Malcolm Balridge Healthcare Criteria for Performance Excellence framework and targets those who have master's level training related to healthcare management and/or public health.

Healthcare Management & Leadership Track Competencies

The competencies for the track in Healthcare Management and Leadership are met through required and elective coursework, a practicum, and the process of writing a dissertation. Upon successful completion, students will have mastered the following track competencies; specifically, students by the end of the program will have the ability to:

1. Enable senior leaders to develop an effective organizational leadership and governance system to deploy shared visions, missions and core values to address societal and community health needs.
2. Utilize strategic assessment and planning skills to identify internal and external issues that may impact health services delivery; and, apply facilitation skills to ensure the participation of key internal and external organizational stakeholders for both strategy development and deployment.
3. Apply evidence-based tools and frameworks to enhance organizational performance in the human, clinical, financial, information and supply chain domains so as to drive value and improved outcomes.
4. Develop and sustain a culture of excellence that builds upon providing visionary leadership, valuing people, ethics and transparency, societal responsibility and community health, organizational learning and agility, patient/client focused excellence, delivering value and results, management by fact, and managing for innovation with a focus on success.
5. Manage data, information and knowledge systematically to improve quality of decision-making to enhance quality of care and service delivery.
6. Apply organizational and systems thinking theories to create high performing teams that promote care integration, create value, promote efficiencies and organizational and personal learning.

Healthcare Management & Leadership Track Curriculum

In addition to two credits of course 311.861 Graduate Seminar in Health Care Management & Leadership, students are expected to complete a minimum of 26 credits of track-specific courses. Courses taken to fulfill foundational requirements may not be applied to fulfill track requirements.

Course Requirements for DrPH-HPM Healthcare Management & Leadership Track (26 credits):

Required Courses: Take all the following courses

Course # Title Credits
312.603 Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Management 3
312.621 Strategic Planning 3
312.620 Performance Measurement in Health Care 2
313.641 Introduction to Health Economics 3
313.790 Introduction to Economic Evaluation 3

Choose at least one of the two courses below:

Course #  Title Credits
309.631 Population Health Informatics 3
312.633 Health Management Information Systems 3

Choose at least one of the three courses below:

Course # Title Credits
311.615 Quality of Medical Care 3
309.730 Patient Safety and Medical Errors 3
309.712 Assessing Health Status and Patient Outcomes 3

Choose elective(s) from the courses below to complete 26 track credits:

Course #  Title Credits
140.607 Multilevel Models 2
309.616 & 309.617 Introduction to Health Services Research Methods 4
312.630 Healthcare Financial Management 3
312.604 Quantitative Tools for Managers 3
312.617 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting 3
380.611 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation 4
340.727 Introduction to Health Survey Research Methods 2
380.611 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation 4
410.635 Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research 2
410.671 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 3
410.673 Introduction to Qualitative Data analysis for Public Health 2
312.693 Introduction to Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research 3

For students able to take in-person courses on site in Baltimore during the traditional academic year, additional elective options may be available.

Health Policy Track

Students in the Health Policy track, which will begin accepting students for June 2021, develop, identify, and translate the best available evidence to inform critical public health policy challenges at the local, state, national, and global levels. The case-based curriculum incorporates systems thinking and rigorous scientific methods from multiple disciplines to be responsive to the needs of today's public health practitioners and policymakers. Also included in the curriculum is the conceptual foundation needed to understand complex problems and propose and critically assess solutions to those problems and propose and critically assess solutions to those problems; deep subject matter expertise in select topic areas, essential skills to effectively communicate and disseminate scientific evidence to decision makers; and the methods to assure implementation is effective and efficient. Courses will include field experience in the policy areas of Washington D.C., state, and local governments.

The track is relevant to those currently working (or who aspire to work) in public health policy and practice settings at the intersection of evidence, decision-making, and implementation; and who seek training to meaningfully impact the dialogue about how to solve public health problems.

Health Policy Track Curriculum

Required Courses:

Course # Title Credits
300.650 Crisis and Response in Public Health Policy and Practice 3
300.712 Formulating Policy: Strategies and Systems of Policymaking in the 21st Century 3
301.645 Health Advocacy 3
305.684 Health Impact Assessment 3
TBD Advancing Public Health Policy and Practice 3
TBD Advocacy Organizations and Leadership for Change 3

Choose elective(s) from the courses below to complete 26 track credits:

Course # Title Credits
317.605 Methods in Quantitative Risk Assessment 4
317.610 Risk Policy, Management and Communications 3
180.634 Public Health Emergencies: Risk Communication and Decision Science 3
317.615 Topics in Risk Assessment 2
313.643 Health Economics 3
313.790 Introduction to Economic Evaluation 3
313.601 Economic Evaluation I 3
313.602 Economic Evaluation II 3
313.793 Extended Exercises in Cost Effectiveness 2
380.611 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation 4
306.650 Public Health and the Law 3
180.620 An Introduction to Food Systems and Public Health 4
180.619 Drinking Water and Water Policy: Avoiding Another Flint 1
380.740 Nutrition Programs, Policy and Politics in the United States: The Impact on Maternal, Child, and Family Health 3
410.604 Harm Reduction: A Framework for Evidence-Based Policy and Practice 3
305.630 Transportation Policy and Health 2
180.606 Case Studies in Food Production and Public Health 4
380.768 Selected Topics in Women’s Health and Women’s Health Policy 4
380.761 Sexually Transmitted Infections in Public Health Practice 4
380.663 Gender-Based Violence research, Practice and Policy: Issues and Current Controversies 3
340.663 Epidemiology Workshop: Interpreting and Using Epidemiologic Evidence 2
410.614 A New View: Improving Public Health Through Innovative Social and Behavioral Health Tools and Approaches 4
221.654 Systems Thinking in Public Health: Applications of Key Methods and Approaches 3
223.680 Global Disease Control Programs and Policies 4

Public Health Informatics Track

The Public Health Informatics track offers training in methods and concepts of informatics for application to public health and population health management. The track curriculum is designed for public health professionals or population health managers who wish to develop an area of expertise or specialization in the emerging field of public health informatics.

Public Health Informatics Track Competencies

Upon successful completion, students will have mastered the following track competencies; specifically, students by the end of the program will have the ability to:

1. Analyze the state of the science and current research and policy issues related to the foundation of public health informatics; and, explain how informatics can be leveraged to improve the practice of public health and enhance the overall role of public health organizations.
2. Characterize and critically evaluate the integration of different domains of public health informatics such as bio-surveillance, decision support, predictive modeling, and population risk stratification using clinical informatics systems such as laboratory information systems or electronic health records (EHRs).
3. Evaluate a given public or population health information system based on different criteria such as standardized protocols, common classification systems, governance structures, and embedded decision support systems.
4. Critically analyze and evaluate various informatics solutions for public or population health management interventions based on different criteria such as system architecture, interoperability, standards, human factors, security, privacy, and ethical issues.
5. Articulate the proper informatics management tools for an organization to implement solutions that assure confidentiality, security, integrity and legal compliance while maximizing the availability of information for public and population health use.

Public Health Informatics Track Curriculum

In addition to two credits of course 311.861 Graduate Seminar in Health Care Management & Leadership, students are expected to complete a minimum of 26 credits of track-specific courses. Courses taken to fulfill foundational requirements may not be applied to fulfill track requirements.

Course Requirements for DrPH-HPM Public Health Informatics Track (26 credits):

Required Courses: Take all the following courses

Course # Title Credits
315.707 Intro to Biomedical and Public Health Informatics 3
  Applied Clinical Informatics  3
309.631 Population Health Informatics 3
315.703 Leading Change through Health IT 3
315.700 Health Information Systems: Design to Deployment 3
315.709 Health Sciences Informatics: Knowledge Engineering and Decision Support 3
309.635 Population Health: Analytic Methods and Visualization Techniques 3

Choose elective(s) from the courses below to complete 26 track credits:

Course # Title Credits
315.708 HIT Standards and Systems Interoperability 3
312.633 Health Management Information Systems 3
380.603 Demographic Methods for Public Health 4
*AS.430.604 Spatial Analysis 6
**ME.600.907 Database Querying in Health 3
**ME.600.716 Informatics & the Clinical Research Lifecycle 3
**ME.600.721 Introduction to Precision Medicine Data Analytics 3
**ME.600.720 Clinical Data Analysis with Python  3
**ME.600.727 Clinical Decision Analysis 3
**ME.600.715 Natural Language Processing in the Health Sciences 3
**ME.600.728 Implementing Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) 3

*AS: Course offered through School of Arts & Sciences.

**ME: Course offered through the School of Medicine.

For students able to take in-person courses on site in Baltimore during the traditional academic year, additional elective options may be available.

Quality & Patient Safety Track

The Quality and Patient Safety track addresses issues related to quality of healthcare, patient safety, patient-centered outcomes, and performance measurement and improvement. The curriculum is designed for public health, clinical and management professionals who wish to develop the expertise to identify challenges in these areas, implement evidence-based interventions and improve care delivery. The curriculum includes a variety of specialized courses in quality, patient safety, patient-centered outcomes, performance measurement, human factors and the evaluation of programs and interventions for improving the safety and quality of health care services. The track targets those who have master's level training related to public health, healthcare management and/or clinical sciences.

Quality & Patient Safety Track Competencies

Upon successful completion, students will have mastered the following track competencies; specifically, students by the end of the program will have the ability to:

1. Apply quality improvement and evaluation frameworks.
2. Recognize implementation barriers and facilitators to quality and patient safety in the real world.
3. Assess utility of specific quality improvement and patient safety methods.
4. Leverage opportunities for adapting quality and patient safety methods to different types of organizations.
5. Address pitfalls of quality improvement and patient safety activity and research.

Quality & Patient Safety Track Curriculum

In addition to two credits of course 311.861 Graduate Seminar in Health Care Management & Leadership, students are expected to complete a minimum of 26 credits of track-specific courses. Courses taken to fulfill foundational requirements may not be applied to fulfill track requirements.

Course Requirements for DrPH-HPM Quality & Patient Safety Track (26 credits):

Required Courses: Take all of the following courses

Course # Title Credits
309.600 Evaluating Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Proqrams 3
309.730 Patient Safety and Medical Errors 3
311.615 Quality of Medical Care 3
312.620 Performance Measurement in Health Care 2
312.621 Strategic Planning 3
312.693 Introduction to Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research 3

Choose at least one of the two courses below:

Course # Course Title Credits
309.631 Population Health Informatics 3
312.633 Health Management Information Systems 3

Choose elective(s) from the courses below to complete 26 track credits:

Course #  Title Credits
140.607 Multilevel Models 2
221.722 Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries 4
309.616 & 309.617 Introduction to Health Services Research Methods 4
309.731 Patient Safety in Developing Countries 2
312.604 Quantitative Tools for Managers 3
312.603 Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Manaqement 3
340.717 Health Survey Research Methods 4
340.727 Introduction to Health Survey Research Methods 2
380.611 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation 4
410.635 Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research 2
410.671 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 3
410.673 Introduction to Qualitative Data analysis for Public Health 2
221.636 High Performing Organizations in LMIC Settings 3

For students able to take in-person courses on site in Baltimore during the traditional academic year, additional elective options may be available.