MPH in Health Systems, Management & Policy

As a student in this program, you’ll learn about the entire breadth of the healthcare arena and what it looks like on the scale of national policies, regional hospitals, and individual patient outcomes. We’re not just talking about health care, we’re talking about health systems. In the Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy, you’ll have access to faculty with a wide range of expertise—from disaster preparedness to rural populations to the economic impact of health policies, we do it all.

Quick facts, careers, and skills

When you leave this program, you’ll be ready to be on the front lines of advocacy in any public health field.

Quick facts

Program location: CU Anschutz
Credit hours: 42-45
Est. time to complete: 2 years
Option: Emphasis in global health

Sample careers

Policy analyst
Healthcare manager
Health services researcher
Healthcare consultant
& more

Skills you'll gain

Data analysis
Policy implementation
Leadership and advocacy
Resource management
& more


This 42- to 45-credit hour program offers both in-classroom and applied learning experiences. Our curriculum prepares you to make sense of data, apply them to healthcare solutions decisions, and advocate for evidence-based policies. You’ll gain a strong understanding of healthcare delivery and financing, as well as policy implementation. You’ll also learn how to be a leader and manage resources in a rapidly changing healthcare landscape. And if your interests are bigger than the U.S. healthcare system, we offer the option to add an emphasis in global public health, where you’ll learn how to apply health systems and policy principles in the global arena.

Total credits: 42


IdentifierCompetenciesCourse Where Competency is Addressed/Assessed
MPH-HSMP 1Evaluate strategies for organizing, financing, and delivering health services.HSMP 6604
MPH-HSMP 2Develop strategies for improving the performance of public health and healthcare organizations.

HSMP 6606

HSMP 6633

MPH-HSMP 3Apply principles of budgeting and financial decision analysis in public health and healthcare settings.HSMP 6610
MPH-HSMP 4Analyze the implementation of laws, regulations, and policies to identify opportunities for improving health and health equity.HSMP 6605
MPH-HSMP 5Apply policy analysis frameworks to make evidence-informed policy recommendations for improving health and health equity.HSMP 6616
MPH-HSMP 6Develop policy recommendations for dismantling structural and systemic inequities in health using health equity frameworks and ethical principles.HSMP 6602


Adding an emphasis in global health

The MPH in Health Systems, Management & Policy + Global Health is a 46-credit-hour program that's designed to provide you with a public health perspective of globalization and global health issues. As a student in this program, you'll gain the skills you need to apply public health methods to address global challenges.

Total credits: 45

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