Public Health Policy Concentration

The Public Health Policy Interdisciplinary Concentration (PHPIC) focuses on promoting the health of populations and groups through public and organizational policy. The 12-credit curriculum includes coursework that explores the way in which federal, state, local, and institutional entities affect the financing, structure, and delivery of public health and medical care.

PHPIC coursework provides a better understanding of the health care system as a whole and prevention policy. The challenging curriculum helps MPH majors hone practical skills that are highly sought after in the public health and policy arenas, including:

  • Understanding community dynamics
  • Developing advocacy skills for public health
  • Analyzing legal and policy structures
  • Evaluating and implementing policies and programs
  • Influencing community health
  • Motivating and educating stakeholders and decisionmakers
  • Using policy as prevention strategy
  • Eliminating health disparities through policy


A minimum of 12 credits is needed for the concentration. Each PHPIC student is required to complete:

  • 3 credits in policy coursework from their home division
  • 2 credit policy course from outside their division
  • Capstone Policy Seminar (PubH 6045)
  • 2-credit practicum or internship focused in public health policy

An additional required two credits focused in public health policy will be taken through coursework or a Plan B paper based on the approval of the policy adviser in concert with the student’s academic adviser.

The required two credit policy course that is from outside a student’s division may be from another division within the SPH or elsewhere in the university. It must be approved by the policy adviser as providing sufficient depth beyond courses already taken.

The Policy Capstone Seminar (PubH 6045) is a one credit, required, interdisciplinary course focused on the skills needed to be effective in the policy arena.

All courses must be at a level acceptable for graduate credit (i.e., no courses below the 4,000 level and at least 75 percent must be at the 6,000 level or above).

Required Course:
PubH 6045, Skills for Policy Development – Capstone Policy Seminar (1 cr)

Public Health Elective Course Options:
PubH 6020, Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science (3 cr)
PubH 6049, Legislative Advocacy Skills for Public Health (3 cr)
PubH 6078, Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy (2 cr)
PubH 6115, Worker Protection Law (1 cr)
PubH 6116, Environmental Law (1 cr)
PubH 6564, Managed Care (2 cr)
PubH 6569, Health care Policy (2 cr)
PubH 6606, Children’s Health: Issues, Programs, and Policies (2 cr)
PubH 6607, Adolescent Health: Issues, Programs, and Policies (2 cr)
PubH 6627, Sexuality Education: Criteria, Curricula and Controversy (1 cr)
PubH 6630, Foundations of MCH Leadership (3 cr)
PubH 6634, Advocacy and Children’s Rights (2 cr)
PubH 6686, Global Reproductive Health (2 cr)
PubH 6711, Public Health Law (2 cr)
PubH 6724, The Health Care System and Public Health (3 cr)
PubH 6730, International Comparative Health Systems (2 cr)
PubH 6735, Principles of Health Policy (2 cr)
PubH 6955, Using Policy to Address Child and Adolescent Obesity Prevention (1 cr)
PubH 7200, World Food Problems (1 cr)
PubH 7200, Community Organizing and Advocacy: Building Political Power & Moving People to Action (1.5 cr)
PubH 7226, Media Relations Practicum (1 cr)

Other Course Options:
PA 5002, Introduction to Policy Analysis (1.5 cr)
PA 5011, Public Management and Leadership (3 cr)
PA 5012, Politics of Public Affairs (3 cr)
OLPD 5356, Disability Policy and Services (3 cr)
PA 5401, Poverty Inequality and Public Policy (3 cr)
PA 5412, Aging and Disability Policy (3 cr)
PA 5421, Racial Inequality and Public Policy (3 cr)
PA 5601, Survey of Women, Law, and Public Policy in the United States (3 cr)
SW 8505, Community Organizing and Advocacy (3 cr)
SW 8693, Social Welfare Politics and Programs in South Africa, the Netherlands and USA (1-3 cr)

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