Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health (MBA/MPH)
The MBA/MPH is a full-time, 82-credit program leading to the award of both an MBA from Questrom School of Business and an MPH from the School of Public Health (SPH). The goal of the program is to provide students with a solid foundation in both management and public health in an integrated, structured curriculum.
Upon completion of the MPH degree requirements, graduates are able to:
Evidence-Based Approaches to Public Health
- Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice.
- Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.
- Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.
- Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy, or practice.
Public Health & Healthcare Systems
- Compare the organization, structure, and function of healthcare, public health, and regulatory systems across national and international settings.
- Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities, and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community, and societal levels.
Planning & Management to Promote Health
- Assess population needs, assets, and capacities that affect communities’ health.
- Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs.
- Design a population-based policy, program, project, or intervention.
- Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
- Select methods to evaluate public health programs.
Policy in Public Health
- Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
- Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes.
- Advocate for political, social, or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
- Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.
- Apply principles of leadership, governance, and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration, and guiding decision making.
- Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.
- Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors.
- Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation.
- Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.
- Perform effectively on interprofessional teams.
- Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue.
MBA Program Components
The MBA is a 64-credit degree. MBA/MPH students must complete a minimum of 43 credits in residence at Questrom, including: 15 required core courses and 1 optional elective course at Questrom for 37 credits, at least 9 credits of health sector management courses at Questrom, and a health sector management internship. Students must maintain at least a 2.70 GPA (B–) to be considered in good academic standing at Questrom.
Foundations of Public Health
Effective public health requires expertise from many disciplines, and students need to have a broad foundation of knowledge across these diverse disciplines in order to collaborate effectively with other health professionals.
PH 700 Foundations of Public Health (0 credits) is an online course designed to provide students with foundational knowledge in the profession and science of public health and factors related to public health. PH 700 meets the foundational knowledge criteria (as outlined by the Council on Education for Public Health) for all SPH students.
MBA Required Courses (36 credits)
- MG 790 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy I (2 cr)
- MG 791 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy II (2 cr)
- PL 727 Organizations, Markets, and Society (3 cr)
- QM 716 Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Risk (3 cr )
- AC 710 Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 cr)
- OM 725 Creating Value through Operations and Technology (3 cr)
- MK 723 Marketing Management (3 cr)
- FE 721 Finance (3 cr)
- PL 700 Intro to Business Law (2 cr)
- IS 710 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 cr)
- OB 713 Leading Organizations and People (3 cr)
- SI 750 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 cr)
- ES 721 Teaming (0 cr)
- ES 722 Executive Communication (0 cr)
- ES 723 Career Management (0 cr)
- ES 724 Professional Skills (1 cr)
- HM 820 Strategy, Economics, and Policy in the Health Sector (3 cr)
Health Sector Management Courses (9 credits)
- HM 703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities (3 cr)
- SPH PH 717, PH 719, or PH 720* (4 cr)
*Choose one to take during the Spring that relates most to your SPH certificate
- HM 717 Drugs and Devices or HM 710 Health Service Delivery (3 cr)
MPH Program Components
The MPH is a 48-credit degree. MBA/MPH students must complete a minimum of 40 credits in residence at SPH and 8 credits are completed at Questrom. All courses counted to the MPH portion of the MBA/MPH must be numbered SPH XX 700 and above. 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 (12 credits)
Dual MBA/MPH degree students are waived from taking PH 718 Leadership and Management in Public Health (4 cr) upon successful completion of OB 713 Leading Organizations and People (3 cr) at Questrom. Students must adhere to the SPH grading policy in their MPH classes.
- SPH PH 717 Quantitative Methods for Public Health (4 cr)
- SPH PH 719 Health Systems, Law, and Policy (4 cr)
- SPH PH 720 Individual, Community, and Population Health (4 cr)
MPH Certificate & Elective Courses
Dual degree students must choose a functional or context area certificate and elective courses for a total of 20 SPH non-core course credits. Students cannot choose the Healthcare Management or Program Management certificates due to overlap with core MBA and Questrom Health Sector Management courses.
Possible Functional Certificates—16 credits
- Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
- Environmental Health
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation
- Health Communication and Promotion
- Health Policy and Law
Context Certificates—12 credits
- Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases
- Global Health
- Human Rights and Social Justice
- Infectious Disease
- Maternal and Child Health
- Mental Health and Substance Use
- Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
- Pharmaceutical Development, Delivery, and Access
MBA/MPH students earn 8 credits toward the MPH by completing the following courses:
- OB 713 Leading Organizations and People
- MG 790 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy I
- AC 710 Financial Reporting and Analysis
Integrating Management and Public Health (4 credits required)
The required MBA internship partially fulfills the SPH practicum requirement. Students will also register for and complete PH 978 Integrating Management and Public Health (4 cr) to fulfill the SPH practicum requirement.
SPH Career Development Program (SPH PH 746, 0 credits)
MBA/MPH students are waived from the required SPH Career Development Program (SPH PH 746, 0 credits) upon successful completion of ES 721, ES 722, ES 723, and ES 724.
Integrated Learning Experience at SPH (SPH PH 845, 0 credits)
The Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) will be tied to the student’s functional certificate. Students who only select a context certificate will complete the ILE for the Healthcare Management certificate.
Prospective students are required to submit two applications: one to Questrom School of Business and one to the School of Public Health. Within each application, candidates should express their interest in this particular dual degree program. Candidates will then receive separate decisions from each school regarding admission to that portion of the dual degree. Please note that candidates may be admitted to one but not both of the schools in which the dual degrees are housed and may choose to pursue that individual degree. That said, they must be accepted by both schools in order to be eligible to complete the dual degree.
Please refer to the application deadlines and admission decision dates for both schools to determine the best time to submit their application to each program.