Public Health, MPH (Health Services Administration & Policy)

Master of Public Health Degree with a Concentration in Health Services Administration and Policy

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 42
  • $597.00
  • $597.00

Program Overview

The online Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Health Services Administration and Policy degree program is designed for students and working professionals looking to broaden their training in public health administration, health policy and related fields.

The Health Services Administration and Policy concentration prepares students for an administrative, managerial or supervisory role with an emphasis on planning, budgeting, program evaluation and policy development.

The online Public Health, MPH (Health Services Administration and Policy) program focuses on four main areas:

  • Organizational Theory and Behavior. Students learn fundamental concepts and information about organizational behaviors and theories in health care and develop skills to analyze and resolve organizational problems through a systems approach
  • Health Care Finance. Students learn to prepare budgets while considering contexts, develop skills to implement budgets, evaluate performance and take appropriate actions, analyze risk as a basis for financial decision-making, and demonstrate the application of financial management techniques to enhance the performance of health service organizations
  • Strategic Planning. Students evaluate and document internal and external strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to identify strategic issues, prepare strategic and operational plans that consider issues, demonstrate skills to lead and facilitate planning activities as well as implement operational and strategic plans with the ability to evaluate performance and adjust accordingly
  • Human Resource Management. Students develop knowledge on various theories, principles, best practices and challenges of human resource management in health care, explain the effects of human factors and demographics in managing others and identify the different issues that impact human resource management

The Master’s in Public Health cultivates leaders who are creative, critical thinkers, with the knowledge and skills to address evolving public health challenges. This online master's degree program focuses on being practice-centered, evidence-based, equity-focused, diverse and collaborative.

Career Outlook: Graduates in Health Administration and Policy find positions in federal, state and local agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, hospitals, clinics and health systems, insurance companies and legislative offices. Careers in this field may focus on influencing and developing policies or may be involved in the day-to-day operations of how programs and services are structured and delivered. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Medical and Health Services Managers is projected to grow 32.5% in the U.S. by 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Potential career paths include:

  • Community Health Manager
  • Federal, state or local agency administrator
  • Health and Wellness Advocate or Educator
  • Health and Wellness Program Administrator
  • Health Services Administrator
  • Hospital Executive

Concentrations: Students have the option to declare a concentration when applying for admission to the Master of Public Health program, or when establishing a plan of study. The concentration is reported on the student’s transcript.

Areas of concentration in the Master of Public Health program:

  • Maternal and Child Health (42)
  • Health Services Administration & Policy (42)
  • Health Promotion (42)
  • Epidemiology (42)
  • Environmental and Occupational Health (42)
  • Emergency Preparedness (42)
  • Biostatistics (42)

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. A written personal statement

    The personal statement should be single-spaced, one page in length and describe the applicant’s: interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health, career objectives and a self-assessment of personal skills and general preparation for succeeding in a public health graduate program.

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

    Applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to academic, practice and/or research abilities. Ideally, recommenders are recent professors, researchers or employers. Recent graduates (last 1-3) years should include faculty references among their 3 references. Employer and supervisor letters or recommendation are appropriate for those who may have graduated or have been employed in the workforce for several years, or for those who are a member of the armed services.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. International Transcripts. All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP Course-by-course evaluation service.

  7. A resume or CV that includes employment history, professional experience/skills and volunteer/service experience.

  8. Note: The GRE requirement for the MPH program Fall 2021 application has been waived. However, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are strongly encourage to submit GRE test scores if available.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete the online application. Use "School Designation" section in online application to select program and area of concentration you wish to apply 
  • Submit application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 500Foundations in Public Health3
This is an introductory survey course, which will ensure that all public health students, within their first full year of study, are exposed to the fundamental concepts and theories that provide the basis for the body of knowledge in the field of public health. This course will prepare students to work in public health with a sound theoretical, conceptual, and historical basis for their work. CPH 500 must be successfully completed in the first 21 hours of the program of study.
CPH 545Introduction to Health Disparities and Health Equity3
The course provides a critical understanding of health disparities in the U.S. and examines the underlying social, cultural, biological, behavioral, economic and political factors that contribute to such disparities in society.
CPH 580Health Care Organizational Theroy and Behavior3
This course focuses on the introductory level of organizational theory and organizational behavior in health services research. Organizational theory is a macro examination of organizations, focusing on the organization as a unit, and inter-organizational and environmental relationships. Organizational behavior is a micro approach to studying organizations, focusing on individuals in organizations as the unit of analysis.
CPH 566Health Policy3
This course covers the fundamental issues of the health policy process by emphasizing the historical, social, economic, and political environment of contemporary US public health and health care policies. Students are expected to become knowledgeable about policy formation, implementation, modification and evaluation within public health and health care systems. The course is intended for students who are enrolled in the MPH program and students in other graduate degree programs who have an interest in health policy.
CPH 565Health Care Finance3
This course is the required health care financial management course for the Health Care concentration in the MPA program and a required course in the MPH curriculum. Students are not expected to have prior coursework in financial management, managerial and financial accounting. The course does, however, assume the students have some experience with spreadsheet models. This course, which focuses on the application of financial management principles and concepts to health care organizations, consists of (1) instructor lectures, (2) case analyses, (3) presentations, and (4) two examinations. Much of the learning in this course will come from your own individual work and from interacting with other students, so the benefits that you receive will be directly related to your individual efforts. Prerequisite: Assumes experience with spreadsheet models and statistics
CPH 562Human Resources Management in Health Organizations3
This course will offer the student an overview of the health and medical care delivery system in the U.S. Topics covered from a historical, economic, sociological, and policy perspective include the following: social values in health care; need, use, and demand for services; providers of health services (people and places); public and private payment systems; alternative delivery systems; and models from other countries. Current health care reform proposals will also be addressed. Prerequisite: Not open to non-degree students.
CPH 514Planning and Evaluation3
This course is designed to prepare graduate students, professional students or fellows to apply multi-level evidence-based policy and program approaches to improve public health. The course will guide students through planning and evaluating the impact of public health strategies based on the reach, effectiveness, scalability, implementation quality, and sustainability of these approaches in complicated and complex systems.
CPH 502Health Services Administration3
This is a survey course designed to be an introduction to the management of health services organizations and systems in the United States. Specifically, this course will introduce students to the types of health services organizations and health systems in the United States, the context surrounding the administration of these organizations and delivery of health care services, and the skills needed to manage a health services organization within this setting.
CPH 539Public Health: Leadership & Advocacy3
This course incorporates public health leadership theory and practices, which are grounded in biomedical and social science and sanctioned by public law. Politics of communities and organizations is also included. Advocacy is emphasized as a key tool to secure funding and to help assure that local, state, and federal policy makers will adopt, implement, and maintain important public health regulations, policies and programs.
CPH 504Epidemiology in Public Health3
The objective of the course is to understand the application of surveys and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings, and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiological question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis and conducting a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study.
CPH 529Capstone Experience3
The purpose of this course is to complete the capstone project. The capstone addresses a topic of public health significance and is evidence that the student can integrate skills and competencies from across the curriculum to conduct public health research and/or practice. Prior to registering for the course, students must identify a Capstone Chair from their department and form a committee to select foundational and concentration competencies to design a capstone experience appropriate to their educational and professional goals. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 36 credit hours that includes all required MPH core and concentration courses; formed capstone committee; proposal approved by capstone committee.
CPH 528Applied Practice Experience 3
The purpose of this course is to provide all students with an applied, scholarly and mutually beneficial experience in a public health practice setting. This experience augments academic course work meets community needs and provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply at least five foundational public health competencies. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of public health principles, values and practice. All partner organizations must be approved by the Office of Public Health Practice. Applied practice experiences may involve governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial and for-profit settings or appropriate university-affiliated settings. To be appropriate for applied practice experience activities, university-affiliated settings must be primarily focused on community engagement, typically with external partners. University health promotion or wellness centers may also be appropriate.
CPH 506Biostatistics I 3
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies; not intended for Ph.D. students enrolled in the Biostatistics Graduate Program.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Li-Wu Chen, Ph.D., MHSA
Professor and Chair

Li-Wu Chen serves as the director for the Center for Health Policy Analysis and Rural Health Research and co-director for the Nebraska Public Health Practice-Based Research Network. Chen’s research interests include health economics, health insurance, health care access and utilization, health care cost and efficiency, cost-effectiveness analysis, public health service and system research as well as rural health research.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJun 01
  • Spring SemesterOct 01
Council on Education for Public Health