Health Policy and Management

Welcome to the Department of Health Policy and Management!

The Department of Health Policy and Management emphasizes excellence in teaching, research, and service for all citizens of Florida and the global community. The educational programs prepare managers, analysts, and researchers for leadership positions in health and related organizations, in public and private sectors. The commitment to faculty excellence in research and scholarly achievements is directed toward making important contributions to improve management of health agencies and organizations and public policy decisions that advance the health of populations.

John P. Petrila, J.D., LL.M.
Professor and Chair


Charles (Charly) J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM

The Department is privileged to have Dr. Charles Lockwood, Senior Vice President of USF Health and Dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine serve as a jointly appointed Professor within the Department. Dr. Lockwood joined USF in May 2014. He is internationally known for his research in obstetrics and gynecology. In addition to his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he has a Master of Science in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He was Dean of The Ohio State University College of Medicine for 3 years before joining USF and has served as Department Chair at both Yale and New York University. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has been recognized repeatedly for his work. More information regarding Dr. Lockwood can be found here:

Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Dean of Morsani College of Medicine and Professor

About the Department

Our educational programs prepare managers, policy analysts, and researchers for leadership positions in health and health-related organizations for both public and private sectors. The department offers MPH, MHA, and Ph.D. degree programs, as well as two graduate certificates

Master of Public Health (MPH)
The MPH is a professional degree program and students can choose from three concentrations (Health Care Organizations and Management; Health Policies and Programs; and Public Health Administration). The Concentration in Health Policy and Programs emphasizes important public policy decisions that advance population health.

The MPH concentration in Public Health Administration and the Graduate Certificate in Health Policy and Programs can be completed through on-line courses. Public Health Administration students must come to USF Tampa for a one week seminar which is not available online.

Master of Health Administration (MHA) (CAHME accredited)
The MHA (Master of Health Administration) is designed for students who plan to pursue senior management positions in health services.

Ph.D. in Health Services Research (Ph.D)
The Ph.D. program prepares students for health services research careers.

Two Graduate Certificates are offered
Health Management and Leadership
Public Health Policy & Programs (online)
Whether you want to become a skilled manager, policy analyst, or researcher, all are needed in public health and health services. Professional opportunities for graduates are diverse and growing. Our applicants have varied backgrounds such as health professions, business, social and behavioral sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences. Please contact us for more information.

Health Policy Sound Bytes Podcast!

HPM Soundbyte

The dept. of HPM has created the Health Policy Sound Bytes, a series of video podcasts to give you a flair of our student experience.  The Health Policy Sound Bytes can be accessed via ITunesU. Follow the link below to access these podcasts. We encourage you to subscribe to this podcast and remain connected to dept. news.

We are also interested in your opinion about these podcasts, and would like to know what other topics you would be interested in seeing or listening to on ITunesU. Thank you!