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Health Services Policy and Management and Public Administration, M.P.H. & M.P.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Arnold School of Public Health

Choose a dual degree in public health and public administration to make valuable contributions in the field of health services or impact the most vulnerable populations through change at a policy level.

Offered through the Arnold School of Public Health and the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, this dual degree prepares you for a wide array of careers in health-related fields. Graduates are prepared to address policy issues and manage agencies in the public health sector, with some working in the private sector.

Program Highlights

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    Practical Experience

    Take on a graduate assistantship with a health services organization and write a grant proposal for your capstone project.

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    Small Classes

    Prepare to be a leader within an organization by growing alongside a small cohort of peers who share your goals.

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    Bright Future

    With top-notch education in corresponding fields, the dual program boasts outstanding graduation and job placement rates.

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    Engaged Faculty

    Learn from and work with professors across the university, who foster a vibrant, hands-on learning environment.

What You’ll Study

Courses cover quantitative and qualitative methods in public health, policy processes, leadership, planning, administration, health funding and communications. Requirements include an internship with a health services organization in the community. Complete your degree with a capstone project consisting of writing and presenting a grant proposal.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Management

    Directing and overseeing the activities and resources to achieve specific goals

    Presentation Skills

    Preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations to inform, persuade or inspire

    Policy Analysis

    Evaluating policies for effectiveness and impact, identify areas for improvement, and inform decision-making

  • Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies


    Handling sensitive or delicate situations with tact, sensitivity and professionalism


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Program Coordinator
  • Program Director
  • Policy Advisor
  • Research Associate
  • Health Promotion Coordinator
  • Health Services Manager

Workplace Settings

  • Public Health
  • Medical
  • Insurance
  • State Government
  • Federal Government
  • Nonprofit

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

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