Thomas Jefferson University

Population Health

Program Length

1 - 2 Years

Program Format


Program Audience

Healthcare Professionals


Rolling Admissions

Population Health (PopH) is an academic and professional field that draws upon diverse disciplines to create a new paradigm for health improvement that engages all key stakeholders that impact the delivery of health services. Health systems in the U.S. and around the world are shifting from volume to value.  Population health professionals are on the leading edge of driving this change.

Program Features

  • 100% online with no in-person or synchronous learning requirements
  • Curriculum designed by and for population health professionals
  • Accelerated 7-week semester format tailored to working professionals
  • Courses taught by expert practitioner faculty who bring extensive real-world experience to the classroom
  • Complete a graduate certificate in one year or a master’s degree in two years while taking just one course at a time

In the U.S. and around the world, health and social care costs are growing at an unsustainable rate and numerous sub-populations have unequal access to those services, receive different benefits, and experience poor and disparate outcomes. Population health has emerged as a new framework for solving these problems by integrating the fields of business management, quality, economics, informatics, epidemiology, health policy, and change management into a new paradigm of service delivery.

Program Options & Tracks

Our population health program has two degree options, each with two track selections. All coursework is 100% online and uses an accelerated semester format specifically designed for working professionals. This enables students to focus on building one set of skills at a time, but still graduate at the same pace as traditional graduate degree programs.

Graduate Certificate
The Graduate Certificate focuses on the foundations of population health.  This option contains five online courses and can be completed in one year. Two certificate tracks are offered which are designed to align with the MS degree tracks described below.

Master’s Degree
The Master of Science (MS) degree builds upon the foundational concepts presented in the Graduate Certificate and focuses on the advanced applications of population health science and management. This option contains 10 online courses and a capstone project, which is specifically designed to enhance the student’s career trajectory. This option can be completed in two years.


The two track options allow students to focus their studies on the science of population health improvement or the population health management strategies used in healthcare.

Science Track
This track provides critical knowledge and skills to effectively address population health issues across a spectrum of populations. It is a broad education applicable to administrative leadership positions in healthcare delivery organizations, health insurance companies, government, public health agencies, and health-related non-profit organizations. It is also ideal for general education of professionals new to or considering population health endeavors.

Management Track
This track is designed for professionals in healthcare and provides a deeper focus on the clinical application of population health principles both for strategy and management.

Both tracks teach skills to lead value-based population health-focused enterprise-level change across a variety of healthcare organizations and systems.  

Program Audiences

Professionals from all key stakeholder groups in healthcare are engaged in population health, including:

  • Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other clinicians
  • Healthcare administrators
  • Accountable Care Organization (ACO) leaders
  • Health insurance professionals and third-party administrators
  • Risk management and finance professionals working in hospitals and integrated delivery systems
  • Pharmaceutical, device, and biotechnology industries
  • Healthcare management consultants
  • Healthcare-focused technology professionals
  • Health IT specialists and analysts
  • Public/government professionals engaged in healthcare oversight
  • Public health surveillance officers
  • Professionals at hospital associations and other professional or trade associations

Program Partnerships

This program also offers reduced program requirements and discounted tuition costs through partnerships with several professional organizations, including the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL), the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), and others.


Graduate Certificate: Population Health Science

  • HPL 500: U.S. Healthcare Organization & Delivery
  • POP 500: Essentials of Population Health (1)
  • HQS 500: Introduction to Healthcare Quality & Safety
  • POP 510: Health Economics, Risk, & Finance
  • HPL 504: Health Law & Regulatory Issues
Graduate Certificate: Population Health Management
  • POP 500: Essentials of Population Health (1)
  • POP 510: Health Economics, Risk, & Finance
  • HQS 509: Applied Principles of Healthcare Quality
  • PHI 501: Health Informatics & Analytics
  • PHI 538: Implementation Science  
Master's Degree: Population Health Science 
  • HPL 500: U.S. Healthcare Organization & Delivery (2,4)
  • POP 500: Essentials of Population Health (1)
  • HQS 500: Introduction to Healthcare Quality & Safety
  • POP 510: Health Economics, Risk, & Finance (4)
  • HPL 504: Health Law & Regulatory Issues 
  • PHI 501: Health Informatics & Analytics
  • AHE 509: Epidemiology & Evidence for Outcomes Research
  • HPL 506: Health Policy Analysis & Advocacy
  • POP 520: Change Management
  • Elective (for waivers, please refer to 2,3,4,5 below)
  • POP 650: Capstone Seminar & Project  
Master's Degree: Population Health Management
  • POP 500: Essentials of Population Health (1,2)
  • POP 510: Health Economics, Risk, & Finance (4)
  • PHI 501: Health Informatics & Analytics
  • POP 520: Change Management
  • HQS 509: Applied Principles of Healthcare Quality
  • PHI 538: Implementation Science
  • POP 560: Population Health Strategy & Management I
  • POP 561: Population Health Strategy & Management II
  • POP 530: Applied Leadership Strategies for Effective Changes
  • Elective (for waivers, please refer to 2,3,4,5 below)
  • POP 650: Capstone Seminar & Project  
  1. Waived for graduates of our Population Health Academy.
  2. Waived for members of the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) who have completed the master's pre-requisites.
  3. Waived for members of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) who hold the Certified in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credential.
  4. Waived for graduates of accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) programs.
  5. Waived for members of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) who have completed qualifying courses in the SHM Leadership Academy.
  6. The capstone project is designed by the student and is tailored to his/her career trajectory. Visit our Student Resources section for course descriptions, capstone requirements, elective options, and more.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Population Health are able to:

  • Articulate U.S. Healthcare organization and delivery, and how it impacts strategy and operations for achieving value-based care.
  • Define population health, and describe how public health resources can align to address social determinants of health in order to improve health care outcomes.
  • Incorporate principles of healthcare quality and safety to improve the care of patients and populations.
  • Apply principals of economics, risk and finance to the development and implementation of health care strategies.
  • Describe how policy, medicolegal and regulatory factors inform and impact health care systems. (Science track)
  • Organize and implement clinical programs understanding the role of analytics and principles of implementation science. (Management track)

Graduates of the Master of Science in Population Health Program are able to achieve the above competencies plus:

Both Science and Management Tracks:

  • 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.
  • Apply principles of change management to more successfully influence healthcare programs and outcomes.

Science Track:

  • Assess and interpret healthcare policies, legal precedents, statutes and regulations.
  • Analyze the impact of socio-cultural factors on access to heatlh 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.

Management Track:

  • Discuss and design clinical programs and initiatives which demonstrate understanding of social, clinical and financial factors impacting population health.
  • Apply leadership strategies for effective change to clinical operations.

Both tracks culminate in a Capstone Project which incorporates knowledge and skills gained through the Masters Program education. The Capstone should advance knowledge which can be applied to the student’s discipline and/or organization.

Admissions Considerations

We review applications using a holistic perspective that carefully considers all available information without imposing specific minimums on any individual requirement.  In general, we look for:

  • A prior GPA of approximately 3.0 or higher in undergraduate or graduate coursework;
  • Competitive standardized test scores near or above the 50th percentile (a waiver available);
  • An articulate application essay conveying a passion for the field and commitment to completing the program;
  • A resume/CV that demonstrates a trajectory consistent with, or shows promise for success in, the applicant’s chosen degree program; and
  • Recommendation letters attesting to the applicant’s ability to be successful in the program.

Ultimately, we look for applicants who have a passion for the work and the ability to successfully complete the program.

Start Your Application

  • Start your application online anytime
  • No application fee for master's degree programs
  • Being classes in January or September (some availability in May)


If you have questions about the program, please contact the Program Director Dr. Mitchell Kaminski.

If you have questions about the application process, please send an email to or call us toll-free at 1-888-71-APPLY (27759).