Health Policy and Management

The Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health dual degree program is offered by the Health Sector Management program in the School of Management 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 a solid foundation 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 School of Management and 34 credits from the School of Public Health.

MBA Program Components

During the first year, MBA/MPH Health Policy and Management (HPM) candidates will take foundational MBA courses in the Graduate School of Management (GSM). During the summer after the first year, a required internship through the Health Sector Management program will be completed, along with six 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 GSM.

MBA Core Courses – Required:

  • GSM AC710 Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 cr)
  • GSM ES721 Teaming (0 cr)
  • GSM ES722 Executive Communication (0 cr)
  • GSM ES723 Career Management (0 cr)
  • GSM ES724 Professional Skills (1 cr)
  • GSM FE721 Finance 1 (3 cr)
  • GSM IS710 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 cr)
  • GSM MG700 Ethical and Global Foundations (1 cr)
  • GSM MG790 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy (3 cr)
  • GSM MK723 Marketing Management (3 cr)
  • GSM OB713 Managing Organizations and People (3 cr)
  • GSM OM725 Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (3 cr)
  • GSM PL700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr)
  • GSM PL727 Organizations, Markets, and Society (3 cr)
  • GSM QM716 Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Risk (3 cr)
  • GSM SI750 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 cr)
  • One (1) Global Engagement Elective (3 cr)

Health Sector Management Courses – Required:

  • GSM HM703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities (3 cr)
  • GSM HM710 Health Service Delivery: Strategies, Solutions, and Execution (3 cr) or GSM HM717 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 and Management, are satisfied by School of Management 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 and Management concentration requirements, including:

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

  • One course on organization of care (PM 755)
  • Policy analysis & implementation courses to total 4 credits (PM 735, PM 740, PM 758, PM 810, PM 834, PM 838, PM 840, PM 850)
  • One capstone course, PM 780, PM 827, PM 834, or PM 840
  • Additional approved HPM courses to total 16 credits in HPM
  • 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 Graduate School of Management courses are approved for elective credit at the School of Public Health; MBA/MPH students must complete these courses while completing School of Management coursework. Students should work with Professor Vicky Parker to select the appropriate courses to meet their career goals.

MBA/MPH Health Policy and Management students will fulfill the required public health practicum requirement through the School of Management-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 School of Management, or during the first semester of the MBA program. Separate applications to both schools are required.