Health Policy and Management M.S. Degree

Application Requirements for the Master's of Science in Health Policy and Management Degree

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following application materials as part of the admission process:  

  • Application Statement of Interest
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • 2 years of work experience preferred 

Admission Requirements
The MS program is a 6 trimester program for those who have all the admission prerequisites; an additional trimester is required for those who need prerequisite courses. In order to be admitted, an applicant must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 minimum GPA by the time of program entry. It is recommended that prospective applicants have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to health policy and management (e.g. social/behavioral science, epidemiology, management, biological sciences, or health professions) or must have completed substantial coursework in one of those fields. In addition, prospective applicants must have completed the following academic prerequisites with a letter grade of B or better:    

Admission Prerequisites
  • 1 Semester of Economics (micro or macro – lower or upper division)
  • 1 Semester of Finance (lower or upper division)
  • 1 Semester of Management/Organizational Behavior (lower or upper division)
  • 1 Semester of Statistics (lower or upper division)

Students lacking basic management, finance, economics, or statistics courses must complete Foundation courses to satisfy prerequisites during their first semester.  


Degree Requirements

Foundation Courses-Summer if required

  • HPM 201 - Foundation of Business Economics (1 unit)
  • HPM 203 - Essentials of Finance (2 units)
  • HPM 205/BUS 205 - Essentials of Management (2 units)
  • HPM 207/BUS 207 - Essentials of Accounting (1 unit)

6 Credit Hrs

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete a total of 42 units (not including Foundations Courses) with a 3.0 Grade Point Average or better.  Additionally, students will need to complete a capstone Master’s project and four credits of practicum, which is part of the curriculum.
  • Must take all required HPM courses at MSMU.


Fall: Year 1 (7 Credit Hrs)
HPM 210         Policy, Politics, and Policy Analysis in Public Health and Health Care (4)
HPM 220         Introduction to Health Economics (3)

Spring: Year 1 (7 Credit Hrs)
HPM 221         Financing health care in America (3)
HPM 230         Healthcare Organization and Management (3)
HPM 233         Practicum in Health Policy and Management (1)

Summer: Year 1 (7 Credit Hrs)
HPM 231         Decision-making in health management and policy (3)
HPM 211         Advanced Health Policy Analysis  (3)
HPM 233         Practicum in Health Policy and Management (1)


Fall: Year 2 (7 Credit Hrs)
HPM 232         Healthcare Analytics for Quality and Outcomes Improvement (3)
HPM 222         Cost-Effectiveness, & Comparative Effectiveness in Health & Healthcare (3)
HPM 233         Practicum in Health Policy and Management (1)

Spring: Year 2 (7 Credit Hrs)
HPM 212         Health Policy Design, Implementation, & Evaluation (3)
HPM 213         Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Management and Policy-making (3)
HPM 233         Practicum in Health Policy and Management (1)

Summer: Year 2 (7 Credit Hrs)
HPM 223         Accounting and Financial Management in Healthcare (3)
HPM 234         The Future of Health: Leading Change; Advancing Health; Improving Care (4)


7 units per trimester (Fall, Spring, and Summer trimester) for two years for a total of 42 units.