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Master of Applied Science Population Health Management

Master of Applied Science in Population Health Management


The health care services delivery landscape is rapidly transforming. New competencies are required to effectively navigate and succeed under value-based reimbursement models and population-oriented health delivery initiatives. This interdisciplinary program provides experienced professionals a comprehensive approach to developing population health management systems and strategies and leading transformation to value-based, population-focused care delivery.

The Master of Applied Science in Population Health Management is an online, part-time degree program offered by the No. 1 school of public health in the country. 

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Advantages of this online graduate program:

  • Rapidly growing industry sector that has a growing need for highly-skilled professionals
  • Led by renowned experts who are shaping the field through policymaking, research and first-hand management
  • Online delivery provides flexibility and accessibility to students around the world
  • Competitive price point for tuition


Admissions Information

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 1, 2020 for Fall 2020 Applications 

The application for the MAS in Population Health Management will open in SOPHAS on August 15, 2019. The priority deadline to submit an application is Wednesday April 15, 2020Applications are accepted on an ongoing, space-available basis after the priority deadline until Monday, June 1, 2020. All applications must be completed (includes all supporting documents received/processed, as well as verification) in SOPHAS on or before July 1, 2020 for consideration in the Fall 2020 cohort. International students will need to allow additional time for processing of WES course by course credential evaluations prior to the noted deadlines. We recommend that applicants begin the WES credential evaluation process no later than April 1, 2020 if they wish to apply for Fall 2020 programs. For more information, please call 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer or visit the OPAL Admissions page.

Admissions Requirements include:

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended
  • WES credential evaluation for international academic records
  • Relevant work experience
  • Letters of recommendation

For a full list of admissions requirements for each OPAL program, information for international applicants and other admissions details, please visit our OPAL Admissions page.




In the video linked above, Mark J. Bittle, DrPH, MBA, FACHE, Program Director of the Certificate in Population Health Management and Master of Applied Science in Population Health Management, gives a brief description of the programs.


A Live Virtual Open House for the Master of Applied Science and Certificate programs in Population Health Management was held in October 2019. For a recording of this session, please click the image below.


Population Health & Public Health

Public health and population health are intertwined concepts: both seek to improve the health status and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. This program opens the toolbox of public health -- including epidemiology, community action, and communications -- for the purpose of advancing the health of a wide range of clinical and geographic populations. 

– Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Former Secretary, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Population health was defined by Kindig and Stoddart in 2003 as "health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." The notion of population health grew from research that confirmed that multiple determinants influence the health of individuals over a lifetime. Following the framework of Know, Engage, and Manage, population health management refers to a set of defined interventions designed to improve health across the full continuum, taking into account low risk, rising risk, as well as high-risk patient populations. Population Health Management also incorporates a strong focus on outcomes, behaviors, the determinants of health, and recognition of the need for multisector collaboration. According to Dr. Dawn Marie Jacobson of the Public Health Institute, the combination of population-based strategies to address upstream health influencing factors in parallel with individual prevention-focused behavioral change strategies creates a sense of shared responsibility for improving health. 

For more on this topic, read "What is Population Health?" and "What is Public Health?".

What can this degree do for you?

Population health management has emerged as an important strategy for health care providers and payers. The MAS program in Population Health Management prepares students to examine and respond to both challenges and opportunities to improve health within and across populations. The program is structured to guide health care professionals seeking to transform systems into sustainable models of value-driven accountable care.

The interdisciplinary curriculum also examines the importance of the determinants of health, including medical care, public health, genetics, personal behaviors and lifestyle, and a broad range of social, environmental, and economic factors.

Want More?

Interested in population health management careers and what you can do with this degree? Check out the careers page.

Get In Touch

Request more information or call us at 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer.

OPAL Program Office

Elizabeth Golub, PhD, MEd
Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning
Email: Phone: (410) 502-2502

Mark Bittle, DrPH, MBA, FACHE
Director, MAS program in Population Health Management
Email: Phone: (410) 502-0460


State-specific Information for Online Students

Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.