Doctoral Minor in HPM

Discover the Doctoral Minor in Health Policy and Management

The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health offers a PhD minor in Health Policy and Management that provides students with a foundation in the concepts, principles and practice of health policy and management. People who possess these specialized skills are in high demand because of what they can contribute to many doctoral-level research projects.

The doctoral minor in Epidemiology is a rigorous, highly focused 12-credit hour minor that serves as a useful complement to many major areas of study. You will learn both theoretical concepts and how to apply them. By completing this minor, you will be able to:

  • Identify and analyze the components and issues of leadership, including financing and delivery of public health services and systems
  • Apply policy process, development, and analysis methods to address current national, state, and local public health issues
  • Use systems methods to analyze the effects of political, social, and economic influences on public health systems at the individual, community, state, national, and international levels
  • Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations
  • Apply principles of strategic planning and organizational development to public health agencies
  • Apply the principles of budgeting, management, and performance evaluation in organizational and community initiatives

Because you can choose three of the courses from a list of options, you can easily customize this minor to your unique interests and needs. This minor is ideal for students from many schools, including the IU schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine, Physical Education and Recreation, Health Rehabilitative Sciences, Law, and Public and Environmental Affairs.

Students who wish to obtain a doctoral minor from the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health must earn a grade of “B” or better in the coursework for the minor. Courses in which a grade of “B-” or lower is earned will not apply toward completion of the minor. Faculty in the department of Health Policy and Management will serve as advisors for students choosing this minor.

  • HPM Minor Curriculum

    Required Course

    • PBHL H501 U.S. Health Care: Systems, Policies, and Ethical Challenges (3 credits)


    Plus choose three courses from the following list:

    • PBHL H509 Financial Management Principles of Healthcare (3 credits)
    • PBHL H518 Statistical Methods for Health Services (3 credits)
    • PBHL H521 Management Science for Health Services Administration (3 credits)
    • PBHL H523 Health Services Human Resources Management (3 credits)
    • PBHL H611 Policy Development, Implementation and Management (3 credits)
    • PBHL H612 Marketing Health Services Delivery (3 credits)
    • PBHL H615 Healthcare Outcomes and Decision Making (3 credits)
    • PBHL H620 Patient Centered Outcomes Research (3 credits)
    • PBHL H623 Healthcare Applications of Strategic Management (3 credits)
    • PBHL H624 Developing Strategic Capability (3 credits)
    • PBHL H628 Health Care Information Systems (3 credits)
    • PBHL H624 Health Care Strategic Management (3 credits)
    • PBHL H644 Health Impact Assessment (3 credits)
    • PBHL H657 Applications of Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Public Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL H658 Health Policy and Program Evaluation (3 credits)
    • PBHL P670 Ethics and Public Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL P670 Law and Public Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL H680 Seminar in Contemporary Health Policy Challenges (3 credits)
    • PBHL H681 Comparative Effectiveness Research Methods (3 credits)
    • PBHL H682 Global Health Perspectives on Health Policy and Health Systems (3 credits)


    Other courses may be taken if approved by the student’s minor advisor. Students who have already completed any of the required courses as part of their MPH or PhD requirements may not apply those courses toward their minor in Health Policy and Management and must instead work with their faculty advisor to identify alternate HPM courses.

    The student’s minor advisor will monitor satisfactory completion of the requirements for the doctoral minor in Health Policy and Management. Doctoral students must notify the Fairbanks School of Public Health before beginning their course of study for the minor.

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