Curriculum

General Requirements

Fellows of The Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy are required to complete the requirements for a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the 2017-2018 academic year and to fulfill the requirements of the fellowship.

A minimum of 45 credits** is required for graduation, including 12.5 credits of fellowship requirements and 22.5 credits of core requirements for the Health Management Field of Study or 20 credits of core requirements for the Health Policy Field of Study. Expected Coursework will be taken at Harvard Chan and the Harvard Kennedy School and/or other Harvard graduate schools.

[**For students who begin their degree program in July 2016 and after: MPH-45 students will be assessed a flat tuition charge per semester based on degree program and full- or part-time status that will include all registration for that semester. Students may elect to complete additional credits beyond the required 45, but must use them during their enrollment in the MPH degree program and may not use the additional credits to extend their expected graduation date.]


Fields of Study

Health Management (HM)

The Health Management (HM) Field of Study prepares students for management careers in the unique environment of health care. Students who choose the Management Field of Study select from courses providing practical management skills, such as accounting, finance, operations, marketing, quality improvement, leadership and management of people, and strategy. Students will be able to analyze and take actions to improve organizational performance using the skills and frameworks learned in coursework and through field experiences.

Health Policy (HP)

Students in the Health Policy (HP) Field of Study develop skills in applying economic, legal, and political analysis to the design, implementation, and evaluation of health care and public health policies. Through the study of biostatistics, epidemiology, and other quantitative disciplines, they also acquire skill in interpreting and evaluating scientific evidence to inform their policy work. Students are encouraged to choose elective courses that will help them develop an area of interest and expertise, such as access to care, health care quality, pharmaceutical policy, injury prevention, or health care financing.

In addition to the completion of the academic training leading to the MPH, Fellows are required to participate in fellowship activities related to leadership and health policy training. Fellows must complete these training components which are designed specifically to help them acquire the skills that will prepare them for leadership positions in health care delivery systems, minority health and health policy.

Core Curriculum for Fields of Study: Health Management (HM) and Health Policy (HP)

School-wide public health core requirements include courses in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, ethics, and a practice course for each field of study. In addition, there are field of study-specific requirements for Health Management (HM) as well as Health Policy (HP); both sets of requirements are outlined in the sections below. For additional details on the Fields of Study (FoS), please refer to the Harvard Chan School MPH Curriculum Guide.

School-Wide Public Health Core Requirements

Minimum Credits

Biostatistics 

5.0

Epidemiology

2.5

Environmental Health Sciences

2.5

Health Services Administration

2.5

Social and Behavioral Sciences

2.5

Ethics in Public Health Practice

2.5

 

17.5

 

 

ID 216 Critical Thinking and Action for Public Health Professionals is a 5-credit course that will be offered as to 120 MPH students. ID 216 integrates the core competencies of Environmental Health, Health Services Administration (which includes both health management and health policy), Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Ethics, as well as exploring issues in Life Sciences, Communication, and Global Health.

Important Course Notes

  • MPH students will be selected to participate in ID 216 via randomized lottery
  • ID 216 satisfies four MPH core requirements: Environmental Health, Health Services Administration, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Ethics

 

Health Management Field of Study Requirements

In addition to the school-wide public health core requirements, students within the Health Management Field of Study must also fulfill the following field-specific requirements—

Health Management Field of Study Requirements (22.5 credits)

HPM 219*

and

HPM 220*

Fall 1

and

Fall 2

Financial Transactions and Analysis

[both courses fulfill the Health Services Administration core requirement]

Financial Management and Control

2.5

 

2.5

HPM 231

Fall 2

Competitive Strategy

2.5

HPM 232

or

HPM 516

Spring 1

 

Spring 2

Operations Management in Service Delivery Organizations

Health Care Quality and Safety

2.5

 

2.5

HPM 233

Spring

Strategic Marketing Management in Health Systems

2.5

HPM 242

Spring 1

Data Analysis for Professionals

2.5

HPM 539

Spring

Health Care Organizations and Organizational Behavior

2.5

HPM 557

Fall 2

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health Care

2.5

ID 267

Fall

Practice of Health Care Management and Policy

1.25

Spring

Practice of Health Care Management and Policy

1.25

*HPM 219 and HPM 220 also fulfill the Fellowship requirement in Finance.


Health Policy Field of Study Requirements

In addition to the school-wide public health core requirements, students within the Health Policy Field of Study must also fulfill the following field-specific requirements—

Health Policy Field of Study Requirements (20 credits)

HPM 206*

Fall

Economic Analysis [fulfills the Health Services Administration core requirement]

5.0

HPM 210

Fall 2

United States Health Policy

2.5

HPM 247

Spring

Political Analysis and Strategy for U.S. Health Policy

5.0

HPM 543

or

RDS 280

Spring 2

 

Fall 2

Quantitative Methods in Program Evaluation

 

Decision Analysis for Health and Medical Practices

2.5

 

2.5

ID 266

Fall

Practice of Health Care Management and Policy

1.25

Spring

Practice of Health Care Management and Policy

1.25

Select one of the following options—

HPM 211

or

Fall 2

The Health Care Safety Net and Vulnerable Populations

2.5

HPM 213

or

Spring 2

Public Health Law

2.5

HPM 520

or

Fall 2

Organizing Consumer and Community Interests in the Health System

2.5

HPM 544

Spring 2

The Law and Clinical Medicine

2.5

*HPM206 also fulfills the Fellowship requirement in Economics


Core Curriculum for the Fellowship (12.5 Credits)

In addition to the core curriculum for the MPH programs, it is required by the Fellowship program that fellows acquire 12.5 credits total in the areas of: leadership, health policy and politics, healthcare delivery and high performance systems, and economics/finance. Please note that Field of Study requirements may overlap with the requirements of the fellowship but may require more credits in Economics and/or Finance. Details on the Field of Study requirements can be found in the section above or in the Harvard Chan School MPH Curriculum Guide.

Requirements

Minimum Credits

Leadership

2.5

 

[SBS 296: Leadership in Minority Health Policy]

 

 

Health Policy and Politics

2.5

 

Healthcare Delivery System and High Performance System

2.5-5.0

 

Economics (if not taken for MPH requirement)

2.5

 

Finance (if not taken for MPH requirement)

2.5

 

 

12.5

 

       
 

For more information on courses, the MPH and fellowship requirements, MPH curriculum and the fellowship curriculum, please consult the full version of the 2017-2018 Curriculum (available as a PDF).

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