MS Public Health Management & Administration Center City Site

Program Offered at:

Center City Site
1500 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

The purpose of the Master of Science (MS) and Certificates in Public Health Management and Administration (PHMA) programs is to provide leaders and high potential individuals with competency-based master degree level coursework that prepares participants to more effectively lead organizations in the evolving landscape of public health and its expanding portfolio of practice. Included in the curriculum is a better understanding of how to successfully manage change in order to support organizations as they continue to change and grow. 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..

Philosophy and Practice

The philosophy and practice of the PHMA program is to teach 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 utilization, and evidence-based practice to inform decision making. The program leverages action learning in a unique combination of organizational theory and individual self-discovery that lend to a perspective that points to essential principles of public health management and administration. Intentionally designed as a cohort-based learning experience for the working professional, the program prepares learners to better understand organizations as dynamic systems. The integration of “theory-in-practice” supports intentional inquiry, discovery and intervention design processes necessary to support the development and sustainability of the organization at individual, program and system levels.

The Master of Science is a 36 credit program and the certificates require 12 – 18 credits.

Required Courses
PHMA 501Introduction to Public Health Systems3
PHMA 502Foundations in Design for Organizational Behavioral Change3
PHMA 503Elements of Nonprofit Organizations3
PHMA 504Collaboration in Complex Systems3
PHMA 505Financial Planning and Complex Budgeting in Public Health3
PHMA 506Public Policy Law and Innovation3
PHMA 507Cultural Diversity in Populations and Partner Groups3
PHMA 508Evidenced-Based Practices in Decision Making3
PHMA 509Strategic and Professional Communication Skills for Leaders3
PHMA 510Leaders as Process Designers and Facilitators3
PHMA 511Capstone3
Select one of the following 3 Credit Courses:3
Leveraging Relationship to Advance Your Mission
Adaptive Leadership Toolkit Lab for Collaboration
Coaching Skills for Leaders
Appreciative Inquiry
Total Hours36

Leadership Programs

For matriculation into the master’s and certificate programs in Organizational Development and Leadership, Public Health Management and Administration and Non-Profit Leadership and Population Health Management, an applicant must have completed a bachelor’s degree program from a regionally-accredited institution with a B average or better.

All PCOM graduate programs in leadership utilize a rolling admissions policy. Therefore, applications will be considered throughout the year as received until the desired enrollment has been achieved. The online application will be available beginning in the fall 2021 term at

The Faculty Committee on Admissions screens the applications, invites some applicants for an interview, evaluates the applicants, and selects the new students. Following completion of the admissions process, applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

All materials must be forwarded to PCOM’s Office of Admissions.

Note that official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email, from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to All other admissions documents can be sent to