Programs and Degrees

MPH Concentration in Medical Organizations and Systems

The concentration in Medical Organizations and Systems will educate students with clinical interests to assume leadership roles in the global delivery of heprograms picturesalth services that improve the health status of individuals and populations.  This concentration attracts students in Tulane’s nationally recognized MD/MPH Joint Degree Program, which is the leading grantor of the combined degree in public health and medicine.

Graduates of this concentration will aspire to leadership/managerial positions in medical care organizations, academic and payer systems, or the direct practice of medicine internationally or domestically.


Concentration Competencies

  • Apply population-based and public health findings and principles in assessing individuals and groups at risk of disease and injury.
  • Translate public health findings and principles into recommendations and actions for improved health in clinical practice settings.
  • Identify the theoretical and applied bases of economics in health care in the delivery of care to populations; access to care of populations; and organization of medical service delivery organizations.
  • Explain and analyze the issues of quality, access, and efficiency of healthcare service delivery.
  • Incorporate knowledge of the Public health core areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health systems management, and the biological, behavioral, social and cultural aspects of health and disease, in addressing and solving problems.

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 6110 Health Economics for Developing Countries OR GHSD 6450 Health Economics
GHSD 6140 Leadership for Clinical Improvement
GHSD 6170 Quality Management in Health Care
GHSD 6780 Information Systems

Concentration Recommended Courses

GHSD 6150 Public Nutrition and health in complex emergencies
GHSD 6190 Ethical Concerns of Healthcare Managers
GHSD 6220 Program skills in crisis and transition settings
GHSD 6210 Health Law and Regulation
GHSD 6320 Managerial Communications
GHSD 6360 Human Resource Management
GHSD 6370 Grant writing
GHSD 6380 Organizational Behavior
GHSD 6490 Policy Options on Medical Products and Technologies
GHSD 6500 Introduction to Healthcare Accounting
GHSD 6540 Managerial Accounting (pre-requisite: GHSD 6500)
GHSD 6710 Quantitative Decision Models
GHSD 6760 Health System Strengthening: International Family Planning
TRMD 6790 Interdisciplinary Research Methods in Tropical Medicine in Peru
GHSD 6850 Population-Environment Theory
GHSD 6980 Health System of China: An Applied Perspective
GHSD 7200 Development Issues: Theory and Measurement
GHSD 7660 Health Policy Analysis
GHSD 7990 Independent study


Model Course Schedule


Culminating Experience Exam (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.


Medical Organizations and Systems Faculty

Claudia Campbell, PhD
Mollye Demosthenidy, JD - Concentration Lead
Mark Diana, PhD
Mai Do, PhD
Hugh Long, PhD
Joni Steinberg, PhD
Thomas Stranova, ScD
Valerie Yeager, DrPH

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 |