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Master of Public Health

Health Leadership & Management

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Chuka Anude
I have always wanted to be a hand and a voice; a hand to help hurting people and a voice for the voiceless. This led me to medicine and now to public health... Read More
Priya Mehra
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Tom Edling
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Jennifer Cohn
I am currently an instructor in medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania... Read More
Somnazu Nwanze
I am a medical doctor, who graduated from the University of Benin, Nigeria. My latest assignment was with the Nigerian Youth Corps... Read More
Olga Joos
Born in Florida, but raised in both Europe and the U.S., I have a strong love for traveling which now compliments my interest in public health... Read More
Gregory Tung
The online MPH is a versatile degree that has been key in my professional development. I entered the program while working full-time as a hospital administrator... Read More
Jung-Im Shin
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Luca Passerini
I am an Italian Medical Doctor with a passion for global health and social entrepreneurship, focusing on poverty-related diseases, child health and humanitarian action... Read More
Marie Curry
I began the part-time MPH program with the goal of using my research and analytical skills to further policies that improve health... Read More
Daniel Ehlman
I earned my MPH concentrating my coursework in Epidemiology and Biostatistics with a capstone project analyzing malaria data from Tanzania... Read More
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-Daniel Schainholz

The MPH concentration in Health Leadership and Management (HLM) provides students with an understanding of the challenges of organizational leadership and management in the health sector.

The concentration is aimed at individuals whose responsibilities require them to have the knowledge and skills essential to balance the demands of leading and managing during times of change, but who do not require or desire a full management degree.

Students will gain a fundamental understanding of leading and managing health care and health sector organizations within a range of settings both domestic and international (especially low and middle-income countries).

Samples of Covered Topics

Through a variety of teaching methods (lectures, laboratories, group work, seminars, case methods, individual assignments) and application of leadership and management frameworks, students will be able to demonstrate the skills and attributes to function effectively in health sector organizations. These include: performing a stakeholder analysis and developing a detailed understanding of stakeholder expectations within an organization; analyzing problems using quantitative tools to support management and decision-making; planning strategically and setting management priorities; developing a budget based on information regarding business or service volume, staffing levels, salary rates, and supply usage and costs; team building, facilitating work team performance, acting ethically in an organization; and applying performance improvement concepts and tools in order to design or redesign a specific process and using indicators to measure and monitor organizational performance.

The Health Leadership and Management concentration meets one time per month and all HLM Concentrators are expected to attend.  The HLM concentration also sponsors a monthly film and discussion series focused on leadership and management topics which is open to the whole School.  Attendance at the film series is not an HLM requirement.

Course of Study

Concentration Core Courses: Students are required to complete 3 of the following 6 courses:
221.722Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries4 credits1st term [Internet - 1st term]
312.601Fundamentals of Management for Health Care Organizations (USA focus)5 credits1st term
380.681Strategic Leadership Principles & Tools for Health System Transformation in Developing Countries4 credits2nd term
312.600Managing Health Services Organizations*4 credits3rd term [Internet-only]
312.603Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Management*3 creditsSI, [Internet-1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th terms]
312.610Foundations of Organizational Leadership3 credits2nd & 3rd terms
221.602Applications in Managing Health Organizations in LMIC3 credits1st term
Management Practice Skills: Students must choose at least one of the following courses:
221.604Case Studies in Management Decision-making3 credits3rd term
312.660Marketing in Health Care Organizations3 credits3rd and 4th terms, SI
312.621Strategic Planning3 credits3rd and 4th terms, SI
312.633Health Management Information Systems3 credits3rd & 4th terms, Internet only
221.661Project Development for PHC in Developing Countries4 credits4th term
Technical/Operations Management Skills: Students must choose at least one of the following courses:
309.620Managed Care and Health Insurance3 credits3rd term
312.604Quantitative Tools for Managers3 credits2nd term
311.615Quality of Medical Care3 credits[Internet - 1st term], SI
221.610Pharmaceuticals Management for Under-served Populations*3 credits3rd term
312.678Intro. to Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety: A Managment Perspective2 credits3rd term
Elective Courses: Students may select any course listed below.  You may also select any course above as long as all course requirements for the concentration have been met.
312.617Fundamental of Financial Accounting3 credits1st term [Internet - 2nd term]
313.641Introduction to Health Economics3 credits3rd term - Internet Only
221.639Refugee Health Care3 credits2nd term [Internet - 1st term]
221.635Case Studies in Primary Health Care4 credits3rd term [Internet - 2nd term]
312.623Financial Management in Health Care I3 credits3rd term
313.790Introduction to Economic Evaluation3 credits4th term - Internet Only
221.620Applying Summary Measures of Population Health to Improve Health Systems4 credits4th term [Internet - 4th term]
312.624Financial Management in Health Care II3 credits4th term
313.631Economic Evaluation II4 credits3rd term
221.608Managing Non-governmental Organizations in the Health Sector*3 credits3rd term
312.655Organizational Behavior & Management2 credits4th term [Fri & Sat]
312.670Negotiation in Health Care Settings3 credits4th term
313.610Health Economics for Managers3 credits2nd term
221.635Advances in Community-Oriented Primary Health Care4 credits3rd term [Internet-3rd term]

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Capstone Experience

The MPH capstone experience in Health Leadership and Management provides students the opportunity to apply the competencies they acquired to clinical, technical, and management problems in health sector organizations. A range of options are available. Students register for the 2-credit MPH Capstone Course (XXX.800) in the 4th term. Additional credits of research special studies (XXX.840) can be completed under the direction of the student's advisor or concentration-affiliated faculty.

Leadership and Management Concentration Requirements

The requirements for completing a capstone project within the MPH Health Leadership and Management Concentration include all of the core requirements of all other MPH students, as described above, and on the MPH program website. In addition, students are required to provide a Leadership and Management Implications Analysis as a part of their capstone paper.

Through this analysis, students will provide a discussion and recommendations for the leadership and management challenges presented by the public health problem or issue at the heart of the capstone.

Students are expected to explicitly address elements of leadership and management that they believe are most important to the subject and describe how challenges in implementing programs or resolving problems are either addressed.

This final section of the capstone paper should be titled: "Leadership and Management Implications Analysis." This section should be able to "stand alone" and be read as the final section of your paper.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Anbrasi Edward, PhD, MPH, MBA, Associate Scientist, International Health, 410-502-7663,

Eric Ford, PhD, MPH, Research Scientist, Health Policy & Management,