Programs and Degrees

MPH Concentration in Health Systems Management

The Health Systems Management concentration trains future managers and leaders who seek to improve the health care delivery services in diverse organizational settings worldwide.  By introducing students to the fundamental functional areas of management within the context of health services along with a professional practicum experience, students are prepared for entry level managerial roles in health care settings.  Taking a systems approach, courses emphasize active management in planning, financing, implementing, evaluating, and maintaining complex systems.

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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

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



Model Course Schedule



Culminating Experience 

The Department of Global Health Systems and Development requires students to successfully pass a culminating exam, the public health analysis, or thesis in order to complete the culminating experience graduation requirement. 

  1. Comprehensive Exam: The comprehensive exam is developed by the school (Part A: which will test the student's knowledge of the core course material) and the department (Part B: which will test the student's knowledge in the major areas represented by the concentration core courses). Part B of the exam will be prepared by faculty representing each concentration, so that students will only sit for their concentration's exam. This exam will be given only three times each year and it is the student's responsibility to be present in New Orleans to take the exam on the given day. Students must arrange their schedules accordingly.

  2. Public Health Analysis: The public health analysis (PHA) will demonstrate the student's capacity for quality writing and should provide evidence of a thorough understanding of a specific field of study within public health. The PHA is a substantive review and discussion of the body of knowledge in a selected field of public health. The PHA should demonstrate a comprehensive awareness of the literature in a specific field. The report should thoroughly and completely address the project undertaken. The final report should be presented to the faculty advisor by the appropriate deadline. Examples of acceptable PHAs are as follows: comprehensive or systematic literature reviews, meta-analysis, or secondary data analysis. The PHA should cover a broad topic and not be too focused on a specific case study.

  3. Thesis: Among the options to fulfill the culminating experience requirement in GHSD, the master's level thesis requires the highest level of commitment from the student. The thesis will demonstrate the student's capacity for quality research and should provide evidence of mastery of a specific field of study within public health. Potential topics should be framed in terms of a question to be asked, a problem to explore, or a set of hypotheses to be tested. The thesis should also demonstrate a comprehensive awareness of the literature in a specific field. As such, the thesis should only be considered by the most advanced masters-level students, and requires the advance approval of a faculty thesis committee, which must certify that the student is perceived to be capable of successfully completing it.



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 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:

Alison Rinehart
Program Coordinator
Phone: 504-988-5895
Location: Tidewater Building, 19th Floor


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