Master of Public Health Degree Program
Public Health Administration
The Public Health Administration concentration prepares you to a assume a leadership role in the public and private sectors and to effectively create and implement policies and manage programs that promote the public’s health.
Coursework is completed in finance and budgeting, health economics, legal issues, and resource acquisition and management.
You will have the opportunity for significant research and practice involvement with public health and health services organizations in Indiana and beyond.
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During the Master of Public Health program, our students complete coursework in core public health courses as well as courses specific to their concentration area. Students typically take two years to complete the MPH degree (three semesters of coursework and a one-semester applied learning experience).
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Research and Community Engagement
- Students have opportunities to work with faculty members in different areas of public health research. Example research projects include:
- Pharmacy and Public Health Studies: Focused on expanding the public health contributions of pharmacies to reduce HIV and HCV in Indiana. Topics include syringe access, naloxone access, HIV testing, PrEP consultation. Another NIMH funded study focused on developing and testing a PrEP intervention in Indianapolis, Gary, and Chicago among African American MSM and trans women. (Dr. Beth Meyerson)
- Evidence-Based Policy Communications: Translating research-to-policy communications for the Indiana legislature with focus on HPV vaccination, syringe, and naloxone access. Examples include the development of policy briefs, legislative testimony, and ongoing work with legislators at their request. (Dr. Beth Meyerson)
- Modeling Policy Adoption of Syringe Access and beyond: Studies to model county level syringe policy adoption in Indiana and elsewhere. (Dr. Beth Meyerson)
- STD Clinics: Documenting the existence and distribution of STD clinics across the country. (Dr. Beth Meyerson)
- State-level policies to reduce opioid over-prescribing and dependence: Policies such as Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) are examined. We are especially interested in the requirements and implementation of each PDMP. (Dr. Lin)
- Evaluating the effectiveness of tobacco control policy interventions: Testing the impact of strategies such as graphic warning labels on cigarette packages and financial incentives for quitting smoking. (Dr. Macy)
- Community collaborations that engage in research:
- Organizations include: Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Indiana Public Health Association, Indiana legislature – House Public Health Committee, Indiana Pharmacists Alliance, IU Bloomington Hospital, Centerstone Research Institute
Applied Practice Experience
The MPH degree prepares students to serve as public health professionals and leaders in government, business, industry, higher education, volunteer agencies, and public and private sector healthcare settings. A variety of field experience opportunities are available for MPH students. It is highly recommended that students speak with their advisors and personally research possible field experience sites. Please review the course requirements in the MPH Field Experience Handbook.
Students have completed their field experiences in a variety of settings which include:
In addition to MPH Foundational Competencies for MPH Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Master of Public Health degree with a major in Public Health Administration, students will be able to:
- 1. Apply economic theories and data to address and analyze public health issues.
- Describe how cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost utility analyses affect policy prioritization in public health.
- Develop strategies for determining budget priorities for public health programs.
- Develop and construct budgets for public health programs.
- Identify and interpret and implement public health laws, regulations, and policies
Next Steps in Your Public Health Career
An MPH from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington opens doors to a variety of exciting opportunities. Tracking of post-graduation outcomes of the most recent cohort of MPH graduates revealed that 88 percent of graduates reported employment or continuing education within six months of earning their degree (with the outcomes of 95% of MPH graduates known). The Office of Career Services in our school offers a valuable array of advice and support for our MPH students in successfully pursuing their career goals.
Graduates of the Public Health Administration concentration are prepared to be competitive applicants for a number of positions. Examples of positions held by recent graduates include the following::
- Regulatory Specialist, Cook Medical
- Quality Coordinator, HealthNet Inc.
- Program Coordinator, UCLA
- Analytics Manager, Ohio Department of Medicaid
- Quality Analyst, State of Michigan
- YRBS Administrator, Indiana State Department of Health
- Director for Tobacco Cessation and Health Systems, Indiana State Department of Health
- Business Analyst, Indiana University Health
- Strategy and Operations Analyst, VillageMD
- Quantitative Research Associate, Baylor College of Medicine
- Director, WISEWOMAN program, Indiana State Department of Health
- Transformational Manager, Community Health Network
- Director, Office of Women's Health at Indiana State Department of Health
- HIV Services Contracts and Rebates Manager, Indiana State Department of Health