Health Care Management (MBA/MPH)

The MBA/MPH in Health Policy & Management is administered jointly by the School of Public Health (SPH), Health Policy and Management Department, and the Graduate School of Management (SMG), Health Sector Management Program.  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 U.S. health care system.

Applicants are provided a perspective with a larger public health care systems approach and receive knowledge and skills to make them more effective and efficient managers.  The MBA/MPH in Health Policy & Management is an accelerated full-time program leading to the award of both the MBA and the MPH degrees in 2 years, including summers, rather than three years if completed separately.

Key Facts

  • Number of credits: 80
  • Program length: 2 years
  • Full-time or part-time: Full time only

Learning Goals

The MPH program is carefully designed to provide a broad, but rigorous foundation in the core disciplines of public health and in-depth training in the student’s chosen area of concentration with a strong emphasis on mastery of both concepts and skills that enable our graduates to be highly effective practitioners.
Upon completion of the MPH program graduates will have the ability to:

  • Identify the determinants of health and disease;
  • Analyze relevant data to estimate the burden and patterns of disease in communities in order to prioritize health needs;
  • Use systematic approaches to develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs and services;
  • Demonstrate effective communication strategies to educate, disseminate, and advocate for health services and preventive interventions for all members of our communities, especially the disadvantaged, underserved, and vulnerable;
  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and utilize data to solve public health problems;
  • Articulate principles of good leadership and demonstrate the ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team;
  • Articulate decisions that are ethical and respect the diverse values, beliefs, and cultures in communities; and
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge and skills for effective practice in Health Policy & Management.

The Health Policy and Management concentration prepares students to make the delivery of health care more equitably accessible, affordable and effective for all people, but particularly for vulnerable populations.  Concentrators develop the ability to identify and solve health care problems in a practical way and within a rational conceptual framework. This ability requires understanding the health care system from the viewpoints of those who receive, provide, finance, and regulate services. Courses emphasize the link between developing sound policy and implementing it through good management practices.
In addition to the competencies for all MPH students, all Health Policy and Management graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze how the structures, processes and outcomes observed in the organization, delivery, and financing of health services in the U.S. are related both to one another and to historical and contextual influences, and compare these aspects of the US system to those in other developed nations.
  • Analyze the current healthcare policy issues that face U.S., state and local communities; evaluate policies in terms of their effectiveness, efficiency and equity; and identify the factors influencing successful policy implementation.
  • Assess how political, organizational and occupational structures, cultures, and norms influence the ways in which health care is allocated and provided, analyze how these factors affect changes in health policy and/or systems, and develop strategies to promote an organization’s or constituency’s position.
  • Critically appraise health care quality data and measurement methods for pursuing quality improvement, identify strategies for quality improvement and apply structured approaches for implementing change.

Program Requirements

The dual degree requires completion of a total of 80 credits, 46 from the School of Management and 34 credits in residence at the School of Public Health.  Sixteen of the 34 SPH credits must be from the Health Policy and Management Department. For details see the BUSPH Bulletin or download this curricula map.


Applicants interested in the joint MBA/MPH must submit completed applications to both the School of Public Health and the School of Management. Interested students may not apply for the dual degree once they have begun the MPH. However, students who are already enrolled in the MBA may seek enrollment in the MPH program as a dual degree student.

Please review the application process for the School of Public Health and the Graduate School of Management for more information. Regardless of the deadline you choose to meet, if not yet enrolled in Boston University’s MBA program, please be sure to submit your applications to each school at the same time.

For further information regarding admission to the School of Public Health contact:
Anne Thorsen, Admissions Coordinator
Phone: 617-638-5001


While students are enrolled in both the MBA and MPH degree programs, they pay only one, full-time tuition charge each year through the School of Management. For summer courses, students pay per credit.


Accomplished public health professionals are in great demand in today’s job market. Equally important are well equipped managers who are both efficient and effective. This dual-degree couples both of these important areas allowing for a number of career opportunities. MBA/MPH dual concentrators have access to career advice through Career Services at BUSPH and SMG to help identify, interview for, and secure positions as they move forward along their career path.

Contact Information

Victoria Parker
Director, Health Care Management (MBA/MPH) Program
Boston University School of Public Health
715 Albany St., Talbot Building, Room 253W
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617)-414-1394

Kelly Smith
Curricula Coordinator, Health Policy and Management
Boston University School of Public Health
715 Albany St, Talbot Building, Room 258W
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617)-638-5044

Anne Thorsen
Admissions Coordinator
Boston University School of Public Health
715 Albany Street, Talbot Building, Room 202C
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-638-5001