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MS in Public Health Management and Administration

The customized Master of Science in Public Health Management and Administration program at PCOM is designed to enhance leadership skills that are critically important in the evolving landscape of public health.

Public Health Management Corporation

This program is a collaboration between PCOM and the nonprofit Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). Taught by renowned faculty, including those from PCOM and PHMC, classes are conveniently offered on weekends at PHMC's office facilities located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia.

Leadership-Focused Learning

A degre in public health management and administration will help you acquire the leadership skills that are necessary to succeed as a public health professional.If you're a professional looking to enter the field of public health management, this program is designed for you. Students are engaged in learning that focuses on leadership, administration and the challenges and opportunities inherent in public health practice today. Graduates of the program will emerge with a better understanding of how to successfully manage change in the fast-moving arena of public health organizations.

The program's action learning orientation develops leaders who have an understanding of public health management systems and ideology; embrace collaboration to achieve desired results; have the ability to lead organizational change; and engage in reflective practice to continually develop and enhance their performance as practitioner-scholars.

MS in PHMA Program Quick Facts
Duration 2 years, full-time (part-time available)
Credits 36
Location PHMC (Philadelphia, PA)
Start Term Fall (August)
Holistic Approach to Public Health Management

The PHMA program teaches learners to take a "whole-systems" approach to public health management and administration, including applied principles of innovation and styles of inquiry, data collection and use, and evidence-based practice to inform decision-making. Intentionally designed as a cohort-based learning experience for the working professional, the program prepares learners to better understand organizations as dynamic systems.

Program competencies

Program competencies include:

  • Public health, advocacy and public policy
  • Business acumen and financial management for nonprofits
  • Management, administration and change leadership
  • Evidence-based practice and decision-making
  • Reflective practice and self-awareness
  • Communication
  • Relational health and group process skills
  • Systems thinking
  • Communication; cultural competence; coaching and mentoring; and personal character and ethics

Public Health Management and Administration degree and certificate formats

PCOM offers the following program options:

Ideal participants

Ideal participants for this program are aspiring leaders who want to:

  • Learn more about managing and leading public health organizations
  • Enhance communication and interpersonal skills
  • Learn to lead change from anywhere in the organization
  • Be more effective at leveraging relationships, creating transactions, and building partnerships
  • Utilize collaboration as a key strategy to achieve optimal results
  • Learn more about program development and necessary alignment with the funding environment

How to apply

Visit our admissions section to learn about the application process and requirements for our MS and certificate programs or contact an admissions specialist at

Cost of attendance and financial aid

PCOM is committed to helping students maximize funding sources and minimize student debt. Visit our Office of Financial Aid section to learn about cost of attendance, types of aid available and how to apply for financial aid.

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More information

For more information, please contact:

PCOM Office of Admissions
Phone: 215-871-6700 | Fax: 215-872-6719

Program Highlights

Public Health Management and Administration (MS)


The program is designed to fit into the schedule of a busy professional, with courses taught conveniently on weekends.


Students learn from their peers in a cohort-based approach, as well as from esteemed faculty members who are leaders in their fields.

Flexibility and rigor

Students benefit from a number of elective course options, focusing on areas such as technology, consulting, and coaching, and will complete a rewarding capstone/practicum project.