Department of Health Care Organization and Policy

Career Information

Career Information: Management and Health Policy

Program tracks within the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy develop analytical and critical thinking as well as effective management skills. Therefore, our students engage in a wide variety of potential career paths in both the private and public sectors. Recent Department of Health Care Organization and Policy MPH graduates have obtained entry-level jobs with:
  • Price Waterhouse
  • Brookwood Medical Center
  • Health Partners
  • Ohio Department of Human Services
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Santa Rosa Health Care
  • Jefferson County Department of Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Alabama Department of Public Health
  • U.S. Public Health Service
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Ernst & Young, LLP
  • United Health Care Corporation
  • Alabama Medicaid
  • Guidestar Health Systems, Inc.
  • Heath Strategies, Inc.
  • Alacare Home Health Services
  • Premier Eye Health
  • Legislative Fiscal Office
  • Baxter Healthcare, Inc.
  • Providence Hospital
  • University of Texas Health Center
  • VA Medical Center
  • Medcath, Inc.
  • KPMG


Careers Information: Maternal and Child Health

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) concentration prepares MPH and DrPH students for a variety of career paths in academia and in local, state, national, and international public health agencies and private health related organizations. These career paths may include MCH program administration, policy and advocacy careers, and MCH international/global health careers among others. Recent MCH graduates have obtained employment in numerous settings domestically and internationally including:

  • State and County Health Departments Across the Country
  • Advocacy Organizations
  • Hospitals
  • The Centers for Disease Control
  • Non-Profit Health Agencies
  • Academic Institutions
  • Health Services Organizations

Positions currently held by recent graduates include:

  • Senior Consultant
  • Contract Administrator
  • Regional Analyst
  • Director of Financial Operations
  • Business Development Associate
  • Manager of Pharmacy Benefits
  • Director of Quality Improvement
  • Medical Staff Coordinator
  • Director of Operations
  • Vice President for Strategy
  • Research Assistant
  • Research and Evaluation Coordinator
  • Grants Manager
  • Planning Associate or Specialist
  • Assistant Professor
  • Director, HIV/AIDS Communication
  • Pharmacy Director
  • Fiscal Officer
  • Practice Management
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator or Manager
  • Senior Staff Associate
  • Director of Public Affairs
  • Director, Region III Health Team
  • Research Analyst in Health Care
  • Program Research Specialist
  • Public Health Social Worker
  • Policy Associate
  • Prevention Specialist

Many individual who earn Public Health degrees may work outside state public health agencies. For those who DO work in state public health agencies, a recent survey, published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, has examined the earnings of central office employees:

Does Money Matter: Earnings Patterns among a National Sample of the US State Governmental Public Health Agency Workforce

The programs within the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy also prepare students for further graduate studies and they are regularly admitted to advanced degree programs. After graduating from our programs, students have been admitted to:

  • Harvard University
  • USA School of Medicine
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Alabama Medical School
  • RAND Graduate School
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Tulane Law School
  • Medical College Virginia
  • Samford University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Washington
  • George Washington University
  • Berne University