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Dual Enrollment: Master of Health Services Administration and Master of Public Health

  • Online
  • Full-Time
  • 4 years Full-Time

As the U.S. healthcare landscape continues to expand, the industry’s professions are continuing to evolve. To meet the growing demand for exceptionally qualified health care professionals, The Chicago School’s Institute of Health Services provides the option for a dual enrollment degree combining a Master of Health Services Administration with a Master of Public Health. This […]

As the U.S. healthcare landscape continues to expand, the industry’s professions are continuing to evolve. To meet the growing demand for exceptionally qualified health care professionals, The Chicago School’s Institute of Health Services provides the option for a dual enrollment degree combining a Master of Health Services Administration with a Master of Public Health.

This dual enrollment program offers a distinctive educational experience, providing students with the opportunity to learn organizational and analytical skills and strategies to provide solutions for complex issues surrounding health care and public health sectors through a diverse, inter-professional, and ethical approach.

Our program takes advantage of the many areas of overlap between each programs curriculum and allows students to receive both degrees upon completion of 72 credit hours.

Graduates receive a Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) and a Master of Public Health (MPH).

Health Services Administration

Guided by practicing faculty with years of experience in the field, students enrolled in our Master of Health Services Administration program experience an online curriculum that incorporates evidence-based practice, research, business, and practical courses.

While not currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the online healthcare management degree program aligns with the standards of CAHME and is based on The Leadership Competency Model established by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (2012).

Public Health

Built upon The Chicago School’s history of practitioner-focused learning, the Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed for current or future community-based public health and healthcare practitioners passionate about making a dramatic impact in the health and wellness of others, particularly the marginalized and underserved.

Dual Enrollment Master’s Program

This program is offered entirely online. The format of this master’s program was designed for students who need to continue to work or take care of their families as they attend courses.

Graduates of the Dual Enrollment MPH/MHSA program have the potential to find successful careers in the following areas:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Group physician practices
  • Nursing homes
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Mental health organizations
  • Specialty care facilities
  • Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device Companies
  • Hospitals & Community-Based Clinic
  • Corporate Wellness Centers
  • Accountable Care Organization
  • Public Policy & Advocacy Organizations
  • Charitable Foundations
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Evidence –Based Practice

This course will provide a foundational overview of evidence-based practice (EBP) in healthcare with emphasis on the elements of evidence based practice. Focus is placed on identifying clinical questions, searching and appraising the evidence for potential solutions/innovations, planning and implementing practice changes, evaluating the outcomes and identifying additional gaps in the research. Processes for leading managing practice changes are explored from various professional perspectives. 

Strategic Management & Marketing

This course will help students understand the principles and applications of strategy and marketing in the health services business environment. Focus will be on various targeted markets’ needs and desires using effective pricing, communications and distribution. Additionally, this course will provide exposure to social marketing used along with strategic and marketing principles to make sound and knowledgeable decisions. 

Foundations of Public Health and Public Health Policy

This course explores the unique history and evolution of public health; the role and mission of public health organizations; concepts, models and core functions of public health; and public health problems and challenges in communities. Past practices are examined to offer a perspective on current and future public health care strategies needed for disease prevention and health promotion across diverse communities and populations. Also included are the structure of the political processes in making public health policy and the role of the government, agenda setting, and the types and analyses of public health policy. Focus is on the dynamics and challenges of developing and managing policy and the roles that can be played to advocate for and intervene in policy to achieve community capacity, health outcomes, and well-being.

Students will complete a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork over a 15-week semester within the MPH curriculum. Through supervised field experience, students apply public health principles to real-world challenges.

 

Additionally, students will participate in two Practical Capstone courses within the MHSA curriculum, with each seminar course occurring over an eight-week term schedule. The first, two-credit seminar course, requires a minimum 80 hours of fieldwork; the second one-credit seminar course requires a minimum of 20 hours of fieldwork.  In each seminar students conduct their fieldwork and also complete online course requirements related to fieldwork challenges and achievements, focusing specifically on the application of MHSA program principles to a health-services related work environment.

Application to the Dual Enrollment MHSA/MPH program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements.

Factors that are considered in admission to the MHSA/MPH Dual Enrollment Program are:

  • Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned.
  • Application fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Candidate interview
  • Two-page personal statement/essay answering the following questions:
    1. How will your personal and professional accomplishments, academic background, and experience contribute to your success in the MHSA/MPH Dual Enrollment Program?
    2. How will the successful completion of the MHSA/MPH Dual Enrollment Program support your professional career goals.

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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