MPH students complete a program of study that provides a mixture of public health, systems, organizational management, and policy instruction with real-world experience.  

Course Sequence - General Track

Week before Fall Semester (2 hrs)
  • SOPH 601 - Thinking in Populations: The Public Health Mindset
Fall Semester (9 hrs)
  • SOPH 602 - Investigation and Control: Acute Public Health Events
  • SOPH 603 - Assessment and Intervention: Wicked Problems in Public Health
  • PHPM 605 - Introduction to Health Policy and Management
Week before Spring Semester (1 hr)
  • SOPH 604 - Framing and Persuasion: Public Health in the Public Sphere
Spring Semester (12 hrs)
  • PHPM 614 - Strategic Planning and Marketing I (Management Focus)
  • PHPM 640 - Health Policy and Politics (Policy Focus)
  • PHPM 625 - Management Principles for Public Health Organizations (Management Focus) or PHPM 637 - Political Foundations of Health Policy (Policy Focus)
  • PHPM 623 - Health Care Financial Management
Summer Semester (3 hrs)
  • PHPM 684 - Practicum
Fall Semester (6 hrs)
  • PHPM 661 - Introduction to Health Economics
  • PHPM 633 - Health Law and Ethics
  • Elective
Spring Semester (6 hrs)
  • SOPH 680 - Capstone
  • Elective
  • Elective

Possible Electives in Health Policy & Management 

Students can choose up to nine hours of electives. Students typically take electives based on their career interests and goals. Electives may not be offered every semester, so students should plan ahead. Students can take electives in other School of Public Health programs and from other programs at Texas A&M University (assuming they meet course prerequisites).

  • PHPM 615 Strategic Planning and Marketing II 
  • PHPM 616 Management of Human Resources
  • PHPM 617 Health Care Quality Evaluation and Utilization Management
  • PHPM 620 Operations Management 
  • PHPM 624 Healthcare Financial Management II 
  • PHPM 631 Health Information Management Systems 
  • PHPM 639 Global Health 
  • PHPM 642 Public Health Emergency Preparedness Policy Issues 
  • PHPM 644 Texas Training Initiative for Emergency Response 
  • PHPM 645 Critical Issues in Health Policy 
  • PHPM 654 Health Insurance and Managed Care

Practicum Requirement

MPH students participate in a practicum experience as part of their curriculum. Most students who are not working in full-time health care positions complete their practicum during the summer between their first and second year in the program. The preceptor (practicum supervisor), faculty adviser, and the practicum coordinator work together to make sure that the student gains rewarding, real-world exposure to a public health organization. Students who are also full-time professionals are typically able to take on an extra project at their current job to complete the practicum requirement.  

For additional information or documentation regarding the practicum requirement, visit the Office of Student Affairs website. For program specific questions, contact Dr. Jeff Hatala