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Stand out to potential employers as a capable leader in healthcare.

Healthcare professionals and leaders constantly manage new and complex ethical, decision-making, and industry-specific challenges. The field of healthcare is dynamic and rewarding, and organizations have a pressing need for qualified leaders with an understanding of many different populations.

Population health is an approach to patient care, as related to overall healthcare, prevention, and safety, with the goal to improve the health of an entire human population. The Population Health specialization program prepares professionals in healthcare leadership roles to understand and analyze the healthcare data of various demographics, as well as to determine which socioeconomic factors may be contributing to health outcomes and to recognize the needs of communities.



This specialization is available to students in all graduate programs. Population Health specialization courses in order of completion:

  • HCM505 Principles of Population Health
    This course provides students with the skills needed to assess and enhance the health of a community. Students focus on health behaviors, environmental influences, health policy, and economic and healthcare system issues in health promotion and disease prevention.
  • HCM532 Healthcare Change Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
    This course focuses on the unique skills related to leading to change management, innovation, and entrepreneurship processes in healthcare. Student will learn about unique change management and innovation skills and attributes necessary to guide organizations and people through the process of innovation in a way that ensures successful innovation outcomes. Also, this course provides students with an understanding of fundamental organizational, personal, cultural, and competitive issues and challenges related to organizational change in the 21st-century healthcare environment. Various models of organizational change will be examined and critically evaluated for use in this setting.
  • HCM555 Health Informatics & Population Health Analytics
    This course explores the strategies to adopt electronic health record systems (EMRs) and new forms of data to be used to measure healthcare delivery and improve patient outcomes. In this introductory course, participants explore the value proposition for "clinical intelligence” and the role of analytics in supporting a data-driven learning healthcare system.
  • HCM575 Population Health Program Assessment, Implementation, and Evaluation
    In this course, students assess population and community health needs and resources, program design and implementation, and evaluation as core functions of population health practice. This course offers students with the essential tools and knowledge base to conduct effective population health and community-based health promotion activities with a diverse array of populations and health issues.


A specialization in Population Health pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider a Graduate Specialization

Customize your master’s degree with a specialization that fits your professional aspirations and personal ambitions. Just add four additional, upper-division courses to your degree program, and gain skills in a related subject that complements your degree. Much like a minor, or degree concentration, a graduate specialization allows you the opportunity to examine an additional area of interest. Add a specialization to your master’s degree to showcase career-specific skills that meet your professional goals.

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