How the MHCDS Degree Differs from a Master of Public Health (MPH)
An Interdisciplinary Focus Broader Than an MPH Degree
An MPH curriculum is typically focused on providing students the skills to plan and manage programs and implement policies to promote public health. Coursework for an MPH degree includes epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration, and environmental factors that affect public health. Some MPH programs also focus on management, but they focus on managing the current state of our health system, not the future.
The cross-functional curriculum of the MHCDS program, taught jointly by the faculties of the Tuck School of Business and the Geisel School of Medicine, provides students with the skills and knowledge to lead the transformation of their organizations and the delivery of health care. Formal training in finance, economics, operations, organizational design and change management, data analytics, as well as leadership and teamwork, all are critical skills that clinical and administrative leaders need to shape strategy at a health care organization and advance their own careers.
Focusing more intently on health care innovation at the organizational level, MHCDS examines how all participants in the health care industry affect the delivery of high value health care to patients. Through this unique curriculum, students develop the skills and knowledge they need to design approaches and lead their organizations in achieving better patient and population health outcomes at a lower cost.
Develop the Business and Management Skills Necessary to Lead in Health Care
Like an MPH, the MHCDS degree confers skills and knowledge to advance the health of populations but it also dives deeply into the business and management skills health leaders need to successfully move their organizations towards delivering value-based care. MHCDS coursework in finance, economics, data analytics, strategic marketing, and organizational change management provides clinical and administrative leaders the edge they need to advance their careers and their organizations' objectives to achieve a healthier population.