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Essentials of Population Health Management

1st term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Ryan B. Moran
Ryan Moran

The health care services delivery landscape is rapidly transforming. New competencies are required for clinicians, especially physicians, and mid-level managers or administrators in order to effectively navigate and succeed under value-based reimbursement models and population-oriented health delivery initiatives being demanded by federal and state governments.

The Master of Applied Science (MAS) in Population Health Management provides students the opportunity to learn from experts and develop advanced skills in population health leadership and management, informatics, assessment, and social and behavioral techniques to engage communities and improve health.

Population health refers to outcomes for a group of individuals. Acquaints students with key concepts related to maintaining the health and wellness of populations. Examines the importance of determinants of health, including medical care, public health, genetics, personal behaviors and lifestyle, and a broad range of social, environmental, and economic factors. Explores this broad view of the determinants of population health and its impact on organizations that may not think of themselves as being in the business of health, such as housing organizations, employers, schools, and others who make decisions and create environments that can help or hinder good health. Population health management (PHM) has emerged as an important strategy for healthcare providers and payers. This course examines the challenges and opportunities to improving health within and across populations, as well as models of value-driven accountable care.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe population health and the related factors influencing the health and wellness of a defined community
  2. Identify and stratify prospective populations and explain contemporary population health strategies
  3. Discuss key components of integrated population health management and how value-based care payments models are being used to influence provider and patient behaviors
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Assignments
  • 30% Quizzes
  • 10% LiveTalks
  • 10% Discussion Board
  • 20% Group Project(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to OPAL MAS in Population Health Management students and Certificate in Population Health Management students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required