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& alumni

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
For me the Bloomberg School is a place for greater self-discovery. My background in public health... Read More
Tom Edling
I have a BS in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, DVM from Colorado State University, and a... Read More
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
Who would have thought that I would end up at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health? Certainly not me... Read More
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
We have an overriding obligation to reduce suffering, wherever we find it.
-Jason Mathey

Health Systems & Policy

"A health system consists of all organizations, people and actions whose primary intent is to promote, restore or maintain health" (WHO 2007).  There is a diversity of ways through health systems and policies mediate the interests of a broad range of stakeholders as they are designed, funded and implemented to maximize health benefits in the most efficient, equitable and sustainable manner.

The MPH concentration in Health Systems and Policy aims to develop a broad understanding of health systems and processes through which public policy decisions are made in the U.S. and select low, middle, and high-income countries.  In addition, students acquire grounding in the range of research and evaluation methods pertaining to health systems and policy analysis, including skills to use and critique data, research findings, and program evaluations.  Through concentration meetings and extra-curricular activities the concentration aims to build a community of practice among students, introduce students to possible career paths for professionals in this field and expose them to the workings of a variety of organizations concerned with health systems and policies in the U.S. and internationally.







Course of Study

Students are required to complete the following courses:

Health Systems- one of:
300.651Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System4 credits2nd term [Internet - 4th term]
309.670Comparative Health Insurance3 credits3rd term
221.646Health Systems in Low and Middle-Income Countries3 credits2nd term [Internet - 2nd term]
221.652Health Financing in Low and Middle Income Countries3 credits3rd term
309.620Managed Care and Health Insurance3 credits3rd term
Health Policy Analysis- one of:
221.614International Political Science for PH Practitioners2 credits2nd term
300.712Formulating Policy: Strategies and Systems of Policymaking in the 21st Century3 credits2nd term
221.650Health Policy Analysis in Low & Middle Income Countries3 credits3rd term
305.607Public Health Practice4 credits2nd [Internet - 4th term]
300.652Politics of Health Policy4 credits3rd term
308.602Role of Government in Health Policy3 credits4th term
301.645Health Advocacy3 credits4th term
Econometrics/Evaluation- two of:
221.645Large Scale Effectiveness Evaluation of Health Programs3 credits4th term [Internet - 4th term]
221.620Using Summary Measures of Population Health to Improve Health Systems4 credits4th term [Internet - 4th term]
313.790Introduction to Economic Evaluation3 creditsInternet Only - 4th term
313.641Introduction to Health Economics3 creditsInternet Only - 3rd term
380.611Fundamentals of Program Evaluation4 credits3rd term
300.713Research & Evaluation Methods for Health Policy3 credits3rd term
313.644Health Economics II3 credits3rd term
313.631Economic Evaluation II4 credits3rd term
221.647Comparative Evaluation for Health Policy in International Health3 credits3rd term
313.632Economic Evaluation III4 credits4th term
221.651Econometrics I4 credits4th term
221.644Econometric Methods for the Evaluation of Health Programs4 credits4th term
221.638Health Systems Research & Evaluation in LMIC4 credits3rd term
410.733Communication Network Analysis in Public Health Programs4 credits1st term
410 643Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Tobacco Control3 credits1st term
410.690Ethnographic Fieldwork4 credits3rd term
313.630Economic Evaluation I3 credits2nd term
305.613Evaluation-informed Program Development and Implementation4 credits3rd term
305.684Health Impact Assessment3 credits4th term
Additional Recommended Courses (not required)
220.601Introduction to International Health4 credits1st term [Internet - 3rd term]
222.657Food and Nutrition Policy2 credits1st term
300.600Introduction to Health Policy4 creditsInternet Only - 1st term
317.600Introduction to Risk Sciences and Public Policy4 credits1st term [Internet - 3rd term]
410.611Health, Poverty and Public Policy in the U.S.3 credits2nd term
306.650Public Health and the Law3 credits3rd term
380.665Family Planning Policies & Programs4 credits3rd term
380.761STI in Public Health Practice*4 credits3rd term [Internet - 4th term]
410.721Translating Research into Public Health Programs I2 credits3rd term
180.629Environmental and Occupational Health Law and Policy4 credits3rd term
223.687Vaccine Policy Issues3 credits3rd term
308.678Chronic Conditions: A Key Policy Problem for the 21st Century3 credits3rd term
223.680Global Disease Control Programs and Policies4 credits4th term [Internet - 4th term]
380.667Women's Health Policy3 credits4th term
410.722Translating Research into Public Health Programs II2 credits4th term
306.662Public Health Agencies: Law, Policy & Practice3 credits4th term
306.660Legal and Public Health Issues in the Regulation of Intimacy3 credits4th term
410.668Policy Interventions for Health Behavior Change3 credits2nd term
309.620Managed Care and Health Insurance3 credits3rd term
309.730Patient Safety and Medical Errors3 creditsInternet Only - 3rd term
380.624Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs4 creditsInternet Only - 2nd term
380.756Poverty, Economic Development, and Health4 credits2nd term
330.628Gaps and Opportunities in Public Mental Health: Systems Approach3 credits2nd term

Capstone Experience

MPH students must develop a project on a health systems or policy problem in the U.S. or internationally over the course of the year with a faculty capstone advisor with whom they register for the 2 credit Capstone Course (xxx.800) in the 4th term.  Capstone projects are presented at an end-of-year MPH capstone symposium.

Possible topics, grouped by general area of policy interest include:

  • Evaluating the impact of legislation of health behaviors or outcomes
  • Identifying and addressing financial, geographic, and cultural barriers to access to health care and developing policies to address these barriers and to improve equity
  • Improving coordination (including information systems, contracting, and payment mechanisms) among the public sector, the private sector, and social security systems
  • Expanding financial protection in health systems through for example, health insurance -- both public and private -- including raising revenues, pooling revenues, contracting for services and payment options, and setting levels of co-payments.
  • Changing the organization of the health system, possibly including changes in the public-private mix of provision and/or financing of health care
  • Use of information and incentives to effect changes in the behavior of health care providers and/or patients
  • Developing appropriate policies and regulations for public health priority programs -- such as road traffic injuries, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and tobacco control.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, 410-955-8022,

Asha George, PhD, Assistant Professor, International Health, 410-502-6023,