MSHCPM Curriculum

The MSHCPM curriculum is designed to provide students with a toolkit of unique sought after skills that make them highly marketable to employers. The emphasis of the curriculum is on practical knowledge that students will be able to use on the first day of their job.

The curriculum relies on a combination of two different sets of core classes along with electives:

  • Common Courses - These are core courses that provide students with a strong business and quantitative skill set that is valued by employers and transferable. A systems synthesis project and an internship are included among these courses.
  • Health Courses - These are core health courses that provide students with a solid foundation in the structure and function of health care policy, public health, population health and healthcare delivery systems.
  • Elective Courses - These are courses that allow students to expand their knowledge further in an area that interests them, such as Health Care Policy, Health Care IT & Analytics, and Health Care Management.


Students may also select one of the following concentrations:

Health Care IT and Analytics

Health Care IT (HIT) is a framework that explores health information across computerized systems. Health Care Analytics uses HIT data to perform statistical and quantitative analysis in order to develop explanatory and predictive models.

The Heinz Advantage - U.S. News & World Report ranks Heinz College as the No. 1 graduate school of Information Technology & Management. Utilizing knowledge from this school, the MSHCPM degree has leveraged faculty to create a curriculum specific to the business of health care. No other health care program in the world exists within a college that has an Information & Technology Management school at its disposal.

Health Care Policy

Historically, students interested in impacting public welfare as health care managers have had only two degree options: a public policy degree or a public health degree. Unfortunately, the broad focus of a public policy degree does not give students insights into the nuances and complexities of the health care industry. Conversely, a public health degree focuses too narrowly on epidemiology, which is the science of causes and triggers of disease.

The Heinz Advantage - Heinz College’s Health Policy concentration allows students to specialize in health care policy, arming them with the specific skills and knowledge they need to influence each step of the process – from government policymaking to health care delivery directly to the patient.

Health Care Management

Many competitive academic programs are solely concerned with the overall operations of the hospital facility or network. Others, sometimes called Health Care Administration degrees, focus on the day-to-day management of staff.

The Heinz Advantage - Health care is more than just a hospital. Heinz College focuses on the broader Health Care Delivery system, whose value chain participants include insurers, providers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

General Flow of MSHCPM Coursework (in units):

Common Courses
Health Courses
Elective Courses

Fall Year 1


Spring Year 1




Fall Year 2


Spring Year 2


Students are required to complete 198 units of coursework and an internship while maintaining a 3.0 QPA to graduate.