San Diego State MPH

San Diego State University

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Type of Degree

MPH in Healthcare Administration

Type of Program


General University Information

San Diego State University (SDSU), founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area (generally the City and County of San Diego), and is part of the California State University system. It is the third-oldest university in the California State University system, and one of the oldest universities in California. SDSU has a student body of approximately 29,256 (as of the beginning of the Fall 2009 academic year) and an alumni base of more than 200,000.

Program Description

The Division of Health Management and Policy is one of the graduate divisions within the GSPH. It offers a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Health Management and Policy as well as a Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work with the SDSU School of Social Work.

This division provides academic preparation for individuals who are interested in managing, organizing, planning, or evaluating organizations and services in the health care sector. Graduates are prepared for a full range of careers in health care administration, including management, consulting, planning, and marketing positions in a wide range of health care settings (such as hospitals, health systems, ambulatory care facilities, insurers, and managed care organizations).

In addition to accreditation held by the GSPH, the Graduate Program in Health Management and Policy MPH is accredited separately by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The Program is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), participates in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Health Education Network (HEN), and has an active student chapter of the ACHE through its association with the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL).

Admission Requirements

All applicants must submit the University application and application fee, official test scores, and official transcripts. The “Statement of Purpose and Objectives” should address all of the following: 1) Describe those experiences that have shaped your interest in public health. Comment on your current orientation or preferences in the public health field; 2) Describe one academic experience that has meant the most to you in your educational career;

3) Outline your professional goals and objectives, immediate and long term; 4) Discuss why you are interested in attending the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, the strengths you bring with you, and those areas in which you would like to increase your expertise and personal growth. Health Management and Policy applicants may submit the GRE OR GMAT (only one of the test scores is required).


San Diego State


San Diego, CA

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