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Master's Degree

Master of Applied Science (MAS) in Population Health Management

Online | Part-Time | 24 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.

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.

For more on this topic, read "What is Population Health?" and "What is Public 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.

Sample Careers

  • 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.


Browse an overview of this program's requirements in the JHU Academic Catalogue and explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory. 




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Admissions Requirements

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 Coursework

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

Mark Bittle

Senior Scientist
Health Policy and Management

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.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL)
Elizabeth Topper Golub, PhD, MEd, MPH

Director, MAS and Certificate programs in Population Health Management
Mark J. Bittle, DrPH, MBA, FACHE

Academic Program Manager, OPAL
Christina Potter, MBA

Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.

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