Master of Science (MS-PopH) &
Certificate - 12 to 20 months, and the Master’s degree - 1 to 4 years, depending on pace through the program and the time required to complete the Capstone project.
All courses are offered asynchronously online using best practices and interactive learning and are taught by practitioner faculty with years of experience and recognized expertise.
JCPH population health programs are designed for working professionals seeking part-time educational opportunities.
Health systems in the United States and around the world are confronting ever-rising costs, poor outcomes and economic inefficiencies. Population Health is a broad-based response to these challenges. It aims to prevent and cure human disease through social interventions that engage the community and the larger society by integrating clinical care and public health practices in a new paradigm of health delivery. This approach differs from conventional healthcare by replacing volume of services rendered with emphasis on value as the goal of healthcare delivery. There is increasing demand for practitioners who can navigate this complex and changing landscape
The Jefferson College of Population Health offers the nation’s first graduate programs in population health designed specifically for experienced health professionals. The Certificate in Population Health provides a comprehensive foundation in the essentials of population health — new care-delivery structures, socioeconomic determinants of disease, data analytics, health finance and economics, and basics of healthcare quality and safety. The Master of Science in Population Health (MS-PopH) offers additional skills required for leadership positions — health care policy development, epidemiology, outcomes analysis, coalition building and stakeholder management. All coursework taken for the Certificate can be applied to the Master’s degree at a later time.
Graduates of the Master of Science (MS-PopH) and Certificate programs in Population Health are able to:
- Articulate new priorities in prevention, evidence-based practice, comparative effectiveness, public health and health policy established by the population health framework.
- Identify key socioeconomic and cultural determinants of population health outcomes.
- Analyze the structure and economics of the US healthcare system and their impact on population health outcomes.
- Articulate how health information systems support and inform data analytics, decision-making and work flow within and across healthcare settings.
- Articulate new approaches to managing costs and to improving access, quality and safety.
In addition, graduates of the MS-PopH degree program are able to:
- Apply quantitative and qualitative analytic skills to develop, implement and evaluate programs that address population health issues at the institutional, community, regional and national levels.
- Assess and interpret healthcare policies, legal precedents, statutes and regulations.
- Analyze the impact of socio-cultural factors on access to health care and adjust health promotions and interventions accordingly.
- Apply social, behavioral, and organizational science to the diagnosis, development and implementation of organizational change.
- Participate in structured simulations that demonstrate the breadth of population health.
The Certificate and MS in Population Health are designed for experienced health executives and practitioners. Candidates should have a strong foundation and at least 3-5 years of experience in one or more key sectors of the healthcare or public health system. These programs are not designed for recent college/professional school graduates or mature students transitioning from unrelated fields.
- Mid to advanced-career health professionals working within healthcare settings, healthcare plans or management companies, academic organizations, community organizations, and public/government entities
- Healthcare business consultants providing services to emerging accountable care entities
- Healthcare program administrators
- Experienced pharmaceutical industry professionals
- Experienced health information technology (HIT) professionals working in provider and payer systems
- Experienced individuals working in healthcare-related professional organizations and trade associations
- Experienced healthcare providers and stakeholders from outside of the United States looking to learn more about the US health care system
- Other experienced professionals who work in an organization involved in the delivery, organization, and/or financing of health care or who are seeking to change fields within the healthcare system
- JCPH population health programs are designed for working professionals seeking part-time educational opportunities. Students can begin the program in September or January.
- All courses are offered asynchronously online using best practices and interactive learning and are taught by practitioner faculty with years of experience and recognized expertise.
- The MS-PopH requires completion of 39 credits, comprised of 11 courses and a Capstone project that is presented on campus to peers and faculty following completion of coursework.
- The Certificate in Population Health requires completion of 18 credits or 6 courses, all of which can be applied to the MS-PopH.
- Three 14-week terms per year, beginning in September and ending in July, enable students to complete the Certificate in 12 - 20 months and the Master’s degree in two to four years depending on their pace through the program and the time required to complete the Capstone project.
Jefferson’s population health curriculum builds on public health and clinical care foundations.
- Three or more years of substantial experience in some aspect of the health/healthcare industry.
- Earned baccalaureate degree with an approximate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Ability to perform graduate work demonstrated by one of the following:
- Graduate degree or at least 9 credits of appropriate graduate coursework with a grade of B or higher
- Competitive score on the GRE or other graduate entrance examination
- Competency in basic statistics demonstrated by one of the following:
- Undergraduate/graduate coursework with grade of B or higher
- Passing score on JCPH statistic qualifying test