Health Policy and Management in Public Health (MPH) Cohort Program - Focus: Population Health and Health Insurance at Independence

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The MPH cohort program is a hybrid program (in-person and online) designed for executives in health care and health insurance implementing population-focused programs. The 24-month program is designed to enable regular cohort face-to-face interaction supplemented with online courses and a required applied practice experience. Executives in this course cohort build long-term relationships as they progress through the program together step by step. The online segment of the course is available to students online asynchronously (no set meeting time).

In-Person course segment meets at the College of Podiatric Medicine.

In-person courses will meet five Saturdays per year (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch) at the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine located at 6000 Rockside Woods Blvd. N., Independence Ohio. 

CORE COURSES (18 semester hours)

  • Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
  • Public Health Administration
  • Social Determinants of Health Behaviors
  • Biostatistics in Public Health
  • Fundamentals of Public Health Epidemiology
  • Community Health Needs Assessment


  • Health Care Systems
  • Public Health Policy, Law, and Ethics
  • Public Health Program: Planning, Implementation, Evaluation
  • Financial Management for Public Health Organizations
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis

MAJOR ELECTIVES (9 semester hours)

  • Leadership I - Effective Leadership
  • Special Topics - Health Insurance I and II


  • Students complete a 3-semester hour Applied Practice Experience (150 contact hours)

Two-year Program Plan (Fall 2022- Summer 2024)

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

Intersession 2023

Summer I 2023

Summer III 2023

First 7 weeks: 

HPM52016 Public Health Administration (CPM)

2 Saturday sessions


First 7 weeks:

HPM63008 Effective Leadership (CPM)

2 Saturday sessions

3 Week session:

Special Topics-

Insurance I (online)


HPM60192 Applied Practice Experience -3 credit hours

(students meet with advisor and set up/begin APE)

5 Week session: 

HPM63007 Public Health Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (online)


1 Saturday session

5 Week Session:

 HPM 53010 Community Health Needs Assessment (online)

Second 7 weeks: 

HPM 63003 Health Care Systems (online)


Second 7 Weeks:

BST 52019 Biostatistics (online)

Fall 2023

Spring 2024

Intersession 2024

Summer I 2024

Summer III 2024

First 7 weeks:

HPM63005 Financial Management (CPM)

2 Saturday sessions

First 7 weeks:

HPM63006 Cost Benefit Analysis (CPM)

2 Saturday sessions

3 Week session:

Special Topics:  Insurance II (online)

5 week session: HPM63004 Public Health Policy, Law and Ethics (online)


1 Saturday session

5 Week session: 

EHS52018 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health


Second 7 weeks:

SBS54634 Social Determinants(online)

Second 7 weeks:

EPI52017 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (online)


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