Health Policy and Management

The Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health in Health Policy & Management dual degree program is offered by the Health Sector Management program in the Questrom School of Business and the Health Policy & Management Department in the School of Public Health.

The MBA/MPH is an accelerated, full-time program leading to the award of both the MBA and the MPH degrees in two years, including the summer between the first and second academic years. The goal of this rigorous program is to provide students with solid foundations in both management and public health in an integrated, structured curriculum that focuses on the US health care system. Students will develop managerial skills and knowledge along with a public health care systems approach and be prepared for a variety of managerial roles within the US health care system. The dual degree requires a total of 80 credits: 46 credits from the Questrom School of Business and 34 credits from the School of Public Health (SPH).

MBA Program Components

During the first year, MBA/MPH Health Policy and Management (HPM) candidates will take foundational MBA courses in the Questrom School of Business. During the summer after the first year, a required internship through the Health Sector Management program will be completed (which also fulfills the MPH practicum requirement), along with 6 credits of MPH coursework. In the second year, students will take additional MBA coursework for a total of 46 credits across the two years. Students must maintain a 2.70 GPA (B–) to be considered in good academic standing at Questrom.

MBA Core Courses—Required

  • GSM AC 710 Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 cr)
  • GSM ES 721 Teaming (0 cr)
  • GSM ES 722 Executive Communication (0 cr)
  • GSM ES 723 Career Management (0 cr)
  • GSM ES 724 Professional Skills (1 cr)
  • GSM FE 721 Finance 1 (3 cr)
  • GSM IS 710 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 cr)
  • GSM MG 700 Ethical and Global Foundations (1 cr)
  • GSM MG 790 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy (3 cr)
  • GSM MK 723 Marketing Management (3 cr)
  • GSM OB 713 Leading Organizations and People (3 cr)
  • GSM OM 725 Creating Value through Operations and Technology (3 cr)
  • GSM PL 700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr)
  • GSM PL 727 Organizations, Markets, and Society (3 cr)
  • GSM QM 716 Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Risk (3 cr)
  • GSM SI 750 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 cr)
  • One (1) Global Engagement Elective (3 cr)

Health Sector Management Courses—Required

  • GSM HM 703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities (3 cr)
  • GSM HM 710 Health Service Delivery: Strategies, Solutions, and Execution (3 cr) or GSM HM 717 Drugs, Devices, and Diagnostics: New Challenges, Strategies, and Execution (3 cr)
  • One (1) Health Sector Management elective course (3 cr)

MPH Program Components

Dual degree candidates begin their School of Public Health coursework during the summer after the first year, taking six credits at that time. MBA/MPH students are required to take four core courses in the School of Public Health. Due to overlapping coursework in the MBA curriculum, two core MPH requirements, Biostatistics and Health Policy & Management, are satisfied by Questrom School of Business coursework.

MBA/MPH students must take all courses that they wish to count for the MPH at the School of Public Health. No courses taken outside of the School of Public Health will count toward the MPH, including courses taken at other Boston University schools and colleges.

MPH Core Courses—Required

Students must earn a B− or better in the MPH core courses and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the School of Public Health.

  • SPH EP 713 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 cr)
  • SPH EH 717 Foundations of Environmental Health (3 cr)
  • SPH LW 719 Essentials of Public Health Law (3 cr) or SPH LW 751 Public Health Law (4 cr)
  • SPH SB 721 Social and Behavioral Science for Public Health (3 cr)

Health Policy & Management Concentration Requirements

A minimum of 16 credits satisfying departmental distribution requirements, to include:

  • One course on organization of care (PM 755)
  • Policy analysis & implementation courses (PM 735, PM 740, PM 758, PM 810, PM 834, PM 838, PM 840, PM 850) (4 cr total)
  • One capstone course (PM 740, PM 780, PM 827, PM 834, or PM 840)
  • Additional approved HPM courses (16 cr total)
  • Health Policy & Management culminating experience (PM 940)
  • Additional courses in SPH, with approval of program manager, to bring total SPH credits to 34 credits

Specified Questrom School of Business courses are approved for elective credit at the School of Public Health; MBA/MPH students must complete these courses while completing Questrom coursework. Students should work with Professor Vicky Parker to select the appropriate courses to meet their career goals.

Required Internship

MBA/MPH Health Policy & Management students will fulfill the required public health practicum requirement through the Questrom School of Business–required Health Sector Management Internship. This summer internship requirement includes 400 hours of on-site work.


Applicants must apply simultaneously to the School of Public Health and the Questrom School of Business, or during the first semester of the MBA program. Separate applications to each school are required.