M.P.H. with a Concentration in Health Policies and Programs

The Health Policy and Programs concentration is designed for individuals interested in development, analysis and evaluation of public policy for health services and public health programs. Students develop knowledge of theory and methods in policy analysis and program evaluation. Students are prepared to pursue policy analyst and program evaluation positions with federal, state or local agencies or with professional associations.


In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites:

  • Public health course prerequisites: None
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: Micro-economics, Accounting.
  • Undergraduate majors are diverse and include: Life sciences, social sciences, business, or health professions.
  • Work experience: Preferred, but not required.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0 upper division (some exceptions made if GRE exceeds minimum requirements) AND GRE minimum preferred scores (see Admission Tests Information).
  • Applicants admitted to the M.H.A. or an M.P.H. with a concentration in the Department of Health Policy and Management who have a score on the GRE Verbal of Analytical Writing test which is below the 40th percentile may be required to take REA 2105—Critical Reading and Writing—or an equivalent English composition course, during the first semester of enrollment, and pass with a grade of “B” or better in the class.