Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Population Health

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 and the master's degree has two tracks. 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.

Master’s Degree
The Master's of Science (MS) 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.

Master’s Degree Tracks
The master’s degree option allows 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 is designed for early careerists who need broad training to launch a successful career in population health.  The coursework focuses on the foundational and advanced principles of population health improvement and orients students toward a career trajectory in healthcare delivery organizations, health insurance companies, government, public health agencies, and health-related non-profit organizations.

Management Track
This track is designed for seasoned, mid-career or executive-level professionals in healthcare.  Students focus on the advanced application of population health management strategies and develop skills to lead enterprise-level change across large, complicated 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 officersProfessionals 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

  • U.S. Healthcare Organization & Delivery
  • Essentials of Population Health
  • Introduction to Healthcare Quality & Safety
  • Health Economics, Risk, & Finance
  • Health Law & Regulatory Issues
Master's Degree: Population Health Sciences  
  • U.S. Healthcare Organization & Delivery
  • Essentials of Population Health (1)
  • Introduction to Healthcare Quality & Safety
  • Health Economics, Risk, & Finance
  • Health Law & Regulatory Issues (4)
  • Health Informatics & Analytics
  • Epidemiology & Evidence for Outcomes Research
  • Health Policy Analysis and Advocacy
  • Change Management
  • Elective (1,4,5)
  • Capstone Seminar & Project  
Master's Degree: Population Health Management
  • Essentials of Population Health (1,2)
  • Health Economics, Risk, & Finance
  • Health Informatics & Analytics
  • Change Management
  • Applied Principles of Healthcare Quality
  • Implementation Science
  • Population Health Strategy & Management I
  • Population Health Strategy & Management II
  • Applied Leadership Strategies for Effective Changes
  • Elective (2,3,5)
  • 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.
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

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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).