Programs and Degrees

MPH Concentration in Health Systems Management and Policy

The Health Systems Management and Policy concentration introduces students to the fundamental functional areas of management within the context of health services, taking a systems approach that examines legal, ethical, and policy concerns facing the health sector.  Courses also address the dynamics of the workforce, logistics of healthcare delivery, and strategies to deliver effective and efficient healthcare and health-related programs.  Courses emphasize active management in planning, financing, implementing, evaluating, and maintaining complex systems.

programs picturesThe 45-credit hour MPH curriculum is designed to prepare students to improve the health of populations worldwide through strengthening health systems, building stronger communities and facilitating healthy behaviors in an increasingly globalized world.


Concentration Competencies

Employment Opportunities for Graduates

Students concentrating on the offerings of this focus area can anticipate careers in leadership and management in the public or private sector, whether domestically, in other industrialized nations or in emerging economies.  Specific settings for such careers include institutions that deliver preventative, curative, or palliative care to individuals; entities engaged in funding  health sector programs or in payment for care; government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on public health; settings devoted to policy formulation; and enterprises providing goods and services in support of the above.

School Required Core Courses

BIOS 6030 Introduction to Biostatistics
EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods I
GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health
TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease
GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health
GHSD 6030 Principles of Health Systems Administration and Management

Department Required Course

GHSD 6010 Comparative Health Systems

Concentration Required Courses

GHSD 6320 Managerial Communications
GHSD 6380 Organizational Behavior
GHSD 6780 Information Systems
GHSD 6500 Introduction to Health Care Accounting
GHSD 6540 Managerial Accounting
GHSD 6450 Health Economics OR GHSD 6110 Health Economics for Developing Countries
GHSD 7660 Health Policy Analysis


Concentration Strongly Recommended Courses

For Students with Primarily U.S. Career Interests:
GHSD 6360 Human Resource Management

For Students with Primarily non-Domestic Career Interests:
GHSD 6490 Policy Options on Medical Products and Technologies

Note:  the student will make up the remaining credits toward the total of 45 with electives.


Model Course Schedule

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Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950-03)

All students in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development must satisfy the school-level culminating experience requirement by successfully passing the master’s comprehensive examination.  Students must have completed all school core courses before taking the exam, preferably in the semester prior to graduation.  This exam is administered three times each year, and it is the student's responsibility to be present in New Orleans to take the exam on the scheduled day. Students must arrange their schedules accordingly.

The exam consists of two parts:

  1. Part A focuses on the school-wide core courses, assessing competency of core knowledge and application of knowledge and tools in public health.
  2. Part B is administered by the department and tests the student's knowledge in the major areas covered by the departmental core course.

Culminating Experience Handbook


 Practicum (SPHL 9980)

The Department of Global Health Systems and Development requires a period of practical training (the Practicum) of a minimum of 250 hours, usually in the summer between the second and third semesters (for those enrolling in fall). The practicum provides students with experience in an actual health delivery or development setting, program or project, in which students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their coursework to practical settings. The specific outline and reporting requirements of the practicum are detailed in the SPHTM field practicum handbook.


Health Systems Management and Policy Faculty

Claudia Campbell
Arachu Castro
Mark Diana
Mollye Demosthenidy
David Hotchkiss
Hugh Long
Lizheng Shi
Joni Steinberg - Concentration Lead
Valerie Yeager

For more information contact:

Roseanna Rabalais
Program Coordinator
Phone: 504-988-3655
Location: Tidewater Building, 22nd Floor


1440 Canal Street | Suite 1900 | Box TB-46 | New Orleans, LA 70112 | 504-988-5428 |