Master of Applied Science (MAS) in Population Health Management
Online | Part-Time | 2–4 years
About This Program
The health care services delivery landscape is rapidly transforming. New competencies are required to effectively navigate and succeed under value-based reimbursement models and population-oriented health delivery initiatives. This interdisciplinary program provides experienced professionals a comprehensive approach to developing population health management systems and strategies and leading transformation to value-based, population-focused care delivery. View the curriculum.
Advantages of this online graduate program:
- Rapidly growing industry sector that has a growing need for highly-skilled professionals
- Led by renowned experts who are shaping the field through policymaking, research and first-hand management
- Online delivery provides flexibility and accessibility to students around the world
- Competitive price point for tuition
In this video, Mark J. Bittle, DrPH, MBA, FACHE, Program Director of the Certificate in Population Health Management and Master of Applied Science in Population Health Management, gives a brief description of the programs.
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What are Population Health & Public Health?
"Public health and population health are intertwined concepts: both seek to improve the health status and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. This program opens the toolbox of public health -- including epidemiology, community action, and communications -- for the purpose of advancing the health of a wide range of clinical and geographic populations."
– Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D. Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Former Secretary, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Population health was defined by Kindig and Stoddart in 2003 as "health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." The notion of population health grew from research that confirmed that multiple determinants influence the health of individuals over a lifetime. Following the framework of Know, Engage, and Manage, population health management refers to a set of defined interventions designed to improve health across the full continuum, taking into account low risk, rising risk, as well as high-risk patient populations. Population Health Management also incorporates a strong focus on outcomes, behaviors, the determinants of health, and recognition of the need for multisector collaboration. According to Dr. Dawn Marie Jacobson of the Public Health Institute, the combination of population-based strategies to address upstream health influencing factors in parallel with individual prevention-focused behavioral change strategies creates a sense of shared responsibility for improving health.
What Can You Do With This Degree?
Population health management has emerged as an important strategy for health care providers and payers. The MAS program in Population Health Management prepares students to examine and respond to both challenges and opportunities to improve health within and across populations. The program is structured to guide health care professionals seeking to transform systems into sustainable models of value-driven accountable care.
The interdisciplinary curriculum also examines the importance of the determinants of health, including medical care, public health, genetics, personal behaviors and lifestyle, and a broad range of social, environmental, and economic factors.
- Physician (Medical Director, Chief Medical Officer) and Nurse Executives (Chief Nursing Officer)
- Manager or Directors of Community Outreach
- Director, Care Management
- Director or Vice President of Population Health
- Director or Vice President of Clinical Integration
- Health Information and Knowledge Management Professionals
- Health Care Finance Professionals
- Health Quality and Performance Improvement Professionals
Interested in population health management careers and what you can do with this degree? Check out the careers page.
For the general admissions requirements see our How to Apply page. The specific program also requires:
Prior Work Experience
3+ years of health-related experience
Prior quantitative coursework or alternative evidence of quantitative ability
Standardized Test Scores
Standardized test scores are not required and not reviewed for this program. If you have taken a standardized test such as the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT and want to submit your scores, please note that they will not be used as a metric during the application review. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all required application components.
Program Faculty Spotlights
Mark Bittle, DrPH ’06, MBA, FACHE, focuses on the organizational and management factors that influence physician alignment and managing change in complex organizations.
Tuition and Funding
The OPAL MAS programs have competitive price points and substantial tuition scholarships. The admission application also serves as your scholarship application. All admitted students will receive the OPAL scholarship.
Questions about the program? We're happy to help.
Senior Lecturer, and Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL)
Elizabeth F. Topper, PhD, MEd, MPH
Senior Scientist, and Director, MAS and Certificate programs in Population Health Management
Mark J. Bittle, DrPH, MBA, FACHE
Academic Program Manager, OPAL
Christina Potter, MBA
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