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Department of Health Services Management & Policy

College of Public Health


Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Public Health, concentration in Health Care Administration 
This is a professional degree appropriate for entry-level supervisory positions in health care organizations and public health agencies. The health care industry is the largest industry in our nation and is experiencing rapid employment growth. The degree also prepares students for graduate training in public health, health administration or other fields. Students completing the B.S. degree, a minor in management, and an internship at a long-term care facility may take the Tennessee State Licensing Exam for Nursing Home Administrator. Among BSPH graduates in 2011-2012, 92% reported satisfaction with their education, and 96% were employed within 1 year of graduation (exceeding the national threshold of 80%). The BSPH is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Health Services Administration 
(offered fully on ground and fully online)
A master's degree is the standard for the majority of employment positions. This is a professional degree preparing students for leadership positions in health management and policy analysis. Master's graduates receive more rapid employment advancement. The MPH Administration is available fully online or fully on-ground, and can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. Among MPH graduates in 2011-2012, 96% reported that their training was relevant to their job, and that the degree helped them achieve their professional goals. Importantly, all (100%) were employed within 1 year of graduation (exceeding the national threshold of 80%). The MPH is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The MPH offers exceptional value combining high quality education with affordable tuition and opportunities for assistantships and scholarships. Please see Why the MPH at ETSU or this Question and Answer session for details.  

Health Care Management (HCMC) Graduate Certificate 
This is an online graduate inter-professional 18 credit hour (6-course) program focused on leadership and strategic management in the health care environment. Students take courses in health care organization and delivery, health care management, health care law, strategic planning, and health care finance. Students can apply all 18 HCMC credit hours towards the MPH degree upon admission into the MPH program.

Public Health Graduate Certificate 
(offered fully on ground and fully online)
The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is a 15-credit hour program that provides training in the foundations of public health, including health management and policy, social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, and environmental health. The program facilitates professional skill development of working professionals while meeting the public health training needs of students in graduate or professional degree programs. The certificate is available on campus and fully online. 

Doctor of Public Health in Health Management and Policy 
The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) program offers an advanced professional degree designed to prepare graduates for leadership and practice positions within public health and health systems, as well as for faculty positions in academic institutions. It prepares practitioners with competence in administration, advocacy, problem solving, research, and communication. Graduates are qualified to serve in a variety of leadership capacities at state, national, and international levels, enhancing the public’s health in both rural and urban settings.  

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