About the Program

Master of Public Health (MPH) concentration in Health Policy

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Health policy refers to decisions, plans, and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific health care goals within a society. An explicit health policy can achieve several things: it defines a vision for the future which in turn helps to establish targets and points of reference for the short and medium term. It outlines priorities and the expected roles of different groups; and it builds consensus and informs people.”

Once students have completed our Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Health Policy, they are able to seek jobs as research program managers, research assistants, or research support staff within health policy-related organization and the not-for profit sector.

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The Health Policy concentration is a 48-credit-hour program designed to be completed in two years. We typically offer classes Monday through Thursday after 4 pm to accommodate students who work full time.

The concentration also serves as a gateway degree for students interested in a PhD in Public Health Sciences Specialization in Health Management and Policy. Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy students interested in pursuing their PhD in Health Management and Policy have an opportunity to save one semester of coursework in the PhD program. MPH, Health Policy students that align their 2 health policy electives can potentially transfer 12 credit hours of MPH course work into the PhD program. 

Practicum Experience

MPH students are required to complete a practicum experience, which consists of 336 hours. Students have the ability to seek out a practicum site or select from a list of sites. It is a goal of the MPH program to assure that the practicum experience combines didactic learning with practical experience to enable the student to achieve the public health competencies that are necessary to carry out the core functions of public health.

Previous students in the Health Policy concentration have completed practicums at the University of Louisville Department of Surgical Oncology and the Jewish Family and Career Services.

Program Details

Review the course sequence for the MPH with Concentration in Health Policy.

The program flyer for the MPH with Concentration in Health Policy is another useful resource.

For more information about the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, check out the MPH Program website and review the MPH Curriculum.

Dual MPH in Health Policy - MSHA Program

The dual MPH (Health Policy) - MSHA degree program facilitates development of advanced population and public health management professionals that may leverage knowledge and practices from both public health science and healthcare management domains to serve in leadership roles within public health institutions, federal-state-local agencies, and healthcare organizations. Program Information


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