Health Services Management & Policy

The Health Services Management and Policy (HSMP) concentration in the Tufts University MPH program is designed for students who want to improve the functioning of the health care system to promote individual and population health and equitable, patient-centered care delivery. Students become experts in health care systems and state and federal health policy, and build skills in health economics, policy analysis, health law, and health care management. Graduates often work in health care, government, policy and advocacy, or health care consulting. Grounded in core public health coursework, students in the HSMP concentration leverage their understanding of the health care system with critical public health frameworks to address disparities in access, affordability, and quality of health care and work to develop innovative solutions to the complex challenges facing the U.S. health care system.

Skills & Competencies

  • Explain how challenges in the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services in the U.S. impact individual and/or population health.
  • Describe strategies to address disparities in health care access, cost, and quality.
  • Generate recommendations to inform policy change at the organization, local, state, or federal level. 
  • Employ quantitative and/or qualitative analysis techniques to a health services, management, or policy problem. 
  • Assess the impact of laws, regulations, or cases on public health practice and/or health care delivery and financing. 
  • Apply economic principles to an analysis of a health services, public health, or health policy problem.

Courses required in addition to the core

  • PH 210 Law in Public Health
  • PH 249 Policy Analysis
  • PH 255 Health Economics 
  • PH 277 US Health Care
  • 12 elective credits


For more information about faculty involved in the Health Services Management and Policy concentration, check out the Center for Health Systems and Policy at Tufts University School of Medicine.