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Master of Applied Science in Population Health Management


Fully Online, Part time


2 ‒ 4 years

Credits required


The OPAL Scholarship

All students will be awarded
$460 per credit.

Approximate tuition after scholarship: $737/credit*

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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.

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. View the curriculum.

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

What are 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?".


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.


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




Virtual Open House

Join us on Thursday March 5th for a live Virtual Open House. We’ll be discussing our online Master of Applied Science (MAS) and Graduate Certificate in Population Health Management. 

You'll have the chance to hear from one of our admissions officers and the Program Director, Mark Bittle, DrPH, who will provide you with details about the program curricula, admissions process and tuition and scholarship information. They will also answer any questions you may have and tell you what to expect from these flexible, online graduate programs.

  • Date: March 5, 2020
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 PM EST
  • To register for the event, click here.


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
    Phone: (410) 502-2502
  • Mark Bittle, DrPH, MBA, FACHE
    Director, MAS program in Population Health Management
    Phone: (410) 502-0460

Admissions Requirements

OPAL Programs are designed for working professionals. Find out how to apply, and expand your knowledge and career potential in one of these emerging industry sectors.

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Fall 2020 Deadlines

  • JULY 1, 2020
  • JULY 1, 2020

Deadline for all OPAL Programs is now July 1, 2020 to accommodate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting docs due July 8.

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* Total tuition using rates for the 2019-2020 academic year, inclusive of the OPAL Scholarship.