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The UW Health Systems and Population Health Master of Public Health (MPH) program offers exceptional instruction in research methods, health care systems, health economics, health promotion, and the social determinants of health. The program provides three concentrations, and prospective students are welcome to contact faculty representatives of the concentrations regarding current research activities and opportunities.

Students interested in completing a concentration should apply directly to that concentration or declare a concentration no later than the last day of winter quarter in the first year of the program.

Course Substitution or Waiver Notice

Substitutions or waivers of the concentration requirements can be made with the approval of the concentration faculty lead. Waivers or substitutions for required core courses are rare and require pre-approval.

Generalist Concentration

Generalist concentration students must complete the following courses.

Required Courses

Elective Courses

Complete two courses for a minimum of four credits. Students also can choose electives from the methods courses they have not completed.

HSERV 507: Health Communication and Marketing for Health Promotion: Theory and Practice
Spring Quarter | 3 Credits

HSERV 512: Health Systems and Policy
Autumn Quarter | 3 Credits

HSERV 514: Social Determinants of Population Health and Health Disparities
Spring Quarter | 3 Credits

HSERV 515: War and Health
Spring Quarter | 5 Credits

HSERV 551: Public Health Law
Autumn Quarter | 2 Credits

HSERV 552: Health Policy Development
Autumn Quarter | 3 Credits

HSERV 555: Health Disparities
Winter Quarter | 2 Credits

HSERV 581: Strategies of Health Promotion
Winter Quarter | 4 Credits

HSMGMT 514: Health Economics
Spring Quarter | 3 Credits

HSERV 587: Health Policy Economics
Every Other Spring Quarter | 3 Credits

Health Systems and Policy Concentration

Faculty Lead: Molly Firth (she/her), MPH

The health systems and policy concentration is for students who seek a career of leadership in public or private efforts to improve the performance of the health system.

Students who complete the concentration will be well grounded in core competency areas of public policy development, health economics, law, and ethics. In addition, health systems and policy MPH students will have a solid foundation in key analytic disciplines including biostatistics, epidemiology and qualitative methods. They can also acquire a deep understanding of how and where public policy is developed, what forms it takes, the relevant actors and institutions, and the economic and legal forces that affect and are affected by public policy.

While all Health Systems and Population Health MPH students have the choice to write a thesis or complete a capstone project, most students in the health systems and policy concentration choose a capstone project as their culminating project.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration

Faculty Lead: Miruna Buta (she/her), PHD, MA

The Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration is for students who wish to apply social and behavioral sciences theory and methods to the study, practice, and thought of public health. Survey research, statistics, behavioral measurement, ethnography, quality-of-life assessment, community-based participatory research, and cost-effectiveness analysis are highlighted.

The focus of the concentration is on research and application of knowledge concerning the relationships among:

  • Social, cultural, and behavioral processes
  • Health and illness
  • What society does and can do to promote health and prevent illness

Graduates who complete the concentration will have the background and skills to pursue careers in research or public health practice.