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Health Management and Policy

The DrPH in Health Management and Policy will prepare graduates for advanced public health practice and leadership positions in practice-based settings, as well as for faculty positions in academic institutions. Public health and health care positions in management and policy continue to expand, and demand for individuals with advanced training in this discipline continues to grow. The DrPH in Health Management and Policy is in-line with national shifts in the organization and delivery of health services. Public health and healthcare organizations are under increasing pressure to work collectively to improve the health of populations and patient care experiences, while controlling costs. As these demands continue, there is a significant need within the public health practice environment for individuals with advanced training in health management and policy. The DrPH in Health Management and Policy fills this need by providing a practice-oriented terminal degree designed to prepare graduates for leadership positions within public health and health systems. Graduates contribute to a strong public health workforce and are capable of leading public health and health service agencies within a changing delivery system. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and ability to create and transform public health systems and improve population health outcomes at the state level, nationally and internationally. In addition to the foundational competencies that all DrPH graduates will master, graduates of the DrPH in Health Management and Policy will attain the following competencies: ·Persuasively advance policies and public opinion on important health-related issues using effective communication strategies ·Provide leadership in the development of evidence-based health policy that integrates scientific information, legal and ethical considerations, and varied stakeholder interests in both community and organizational/agency settings ·Assess the health needs of populations and identify strategies for addressing population health at the agency/organization, community, or societal level ·Apply theoretical and evidence-based perspectives from a broad range of disciplines to advance programs, policies, and systems advancing population health ·Assess the efficacy and effectiveness of public health and healthcare services aimed at improving population health using applied research and evaluation methods ·Evaluate critically the impact of health policy on the organization, delivery and financing of public health and health care services ·Analyze patterns of health services utilization/access, costs and outcomes, and health system performance using applied research methods ·Demonstrate leadership skills for successful organizational management and population health improvement ·Lead the process of identifying organizational strategic priorities and direct the alignment of resources to support achievement of organizational strategic goals. All DrPH students complete the following advanced courses: Public Health Leadership, Policy Development & Ethics; Systems Approaches to Public Health; Evaluation Research in Public Health; Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health and Disease; Environmental Health Law; Biostatistics II; Epidemiology II; and Public Health Seminar. In addition, DrPH students in Health Management and Policy complete courses in Population Health Management; Health Services Research Methods; Health Policy, Advocacy & Ethics; and Leadership, Management and Governance in Public Health. Students also complete a Field Practicum and a Dissertation.

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Admissions Note

Admission to the Doctor of Public Health program is competitive and based on scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential success. Required elements for application include: Evidence of successful completion of an MPH or equivalent degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the United States, or equivalent institution. SOPHAS application Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate work to SOPHAS. A personal essay that includes a written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and prospective area of interest for the dissertation. Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past 5 years (except for those with a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution within the United States). Preferred scores are at or above the 50th percentile for verbal and quantitative sections. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can acknowledge the applicant’s academic, professional, or personal achievement, competence, ethics, and potential.


Fall 2018 | All applicants: 2/1/2018

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7333 East Tennessee St U Coll Pub Hlth SOPHAS

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    East Tennessee State University College of Public Health


    Johnson City, TN

    Office of Admissions

    Christopher Sutter, Box 70623, Johnson City, TN, 37614

    Tel: (423) 439-5239

    Fax: (423) 439-5238


    East Tennessee State University College of Public Health

    The College of Public Health started as the School of Health in 1959, evolved into the College of Public and Allied Health, and, in 2007, became the first College of Public Health in Tennessee and the only one in Central Appalachia. The College houses the oldest accredited Environmental Health program in the United States, and, in the past ten years, has awarded over 250 graduate degrees and over 750 undergraduate degrees in various disciplines of public health, as well as in microbiology and environmental health.


    Located in the lake and mountain region of east Tennessee, the ETSU community offers great hiking, camping, fishing and other outdoor sports, as well as a remarkably active and diverse arts and music community. This all contributes to a quality of life which is unusual in a robust academic setting. For each of the last two years, Forbes Magazine has listed Johnson City as one of its top 10 small metropolitan areas to live in the Nation.


    In 2007 the National Rural Health Association awarded the “Outstanding Rural Health Program of the Year” to ETSU. This award, coming on the heels of the 2005 Delta Omicron Award for innovative Curriculum in Public Health, is a significant validation of ETSU’s vision of interdisciplinary education and community-focused experiential learning for students.


    Offering six undergraduate degree concentrations, seven masters level concentrations, three doctoral degrees, as well as a variety of graduate certificate programs – with a significant focus on on-line training for working professionals, ETSU is proud to join its partner institutions in ASPPH in addressing the nation’s and the world’s leading health challenges.

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