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Public Health Policy and Management

Offered On Campus in Tucson

The MPH in Public Health Policy and Management is offered by the Department of Community, Environment and Policy. The Public Health Policy and Management concentration prepares MPH students for leadership roles in the public and private sectors and to effectively create and implement policies and manage programs that promote the public's health with special emphasis on the diverse and rural populations of the Southwest.


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Required Core Courses (16 units)

  • EPID 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • PHPM 574 Public Health Policy and Management (3)
  • EHS 575 Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • BIOS 576A Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
  • HPS 577 Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
  • PHPM 580 Integrated Public Health Learning Experience (1)
  • Internship Preparation Workshop  (required; non-credit)
  • Interprofessional Education Activities (documentation required; non-credit)

Required PHPM Courses (18 units)

  •  PHPM 510 The US Health Care System  (3)
  • PHPM 567 Public Health Leadership & Management (3)
  • PHPM 569 Fundamentals of Health Budgeting and Financial Management (3)
  •  PHPM 617 Advanced Public Health Policy Analysis  (3)
  • PHPM 696P Public Health Policy and Management Field Seminar (2)
  • PHPM 909 Master's Report "Internship" (3)
  • Service Learning Course (597 course within the College) (1)

Elective Courses (minimum 8 units)

Approved by Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Total Minimum Credit Requirement = 42 units

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Application Deadlines

Fall Application Deadlines

Priority:  January 5
Secondary:  April 1

Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.

Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA
  • One course in college-level introductory, human, or general biology
  • One course in college algebra or calculus
  • Two letters of recommendation (up to five letters can be submitted)
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Mission and values statement
  • GRE or MCAT scores are waived for Fall 2022 admissions
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants
  • Relevant work/volunteer experience strengthens all applications
  • Detailed admissions criteria

How to Apply

Apply online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for all of the accredited schools and programs of public health.

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Typical time to completion: 2 years full-time students, 3-4 years part-time students.

Average time to completion: 2.07

Program Steps to Completion (Full-time student timeline):

  • Attend mandatory new student orientation
  • First year is devoted to course work
  • Attend fall and spring semester MPH Internship Conference
  • Each Spring, complete an Annual Progress Report with Faculty Mentor
  • Second year is devoted to coursework and Internship project
  • 3rd semester, determine internship project, form Internship Committee and complete all planning items
  • Complete two interprofessional education (IPE) activities before graduation
  • Fourth semester, successfully complete and present internship project at Internship Conference, and submit final internship and graduation items.

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