Public Health Practice & Program Management

Public Health Practice & Program Management Overview


Public Health Practice and Program Management Specialists--PHPPM for short-- earn a degree related to the Public Health field before going into PHPPM. The specialty encompasses a range of different topics such as mental health, substance abuse, maternal and child care, managing environmental health issues, and similar disciplines. They work in a variety of settings, but their main duty is to oversee facilities and ensure that the care given is of quality and direct doctors and departments. 

A Public Health Practice and Program Management specialty is designed for already experienced clinicians to take on new responsibilities directing and coordinating public health care teams. The purpose of the degree is to create leaders able to start and direct Public Health Initiatives and evaluate the program's performance within the legal, cultural, economic, social, and community framework they operate in.




PHPPMs help produce highly effective programs to improve public and community health in a wide range of different locations and situations. They coordinate and manage healthcare services and facilities, and they usually exist in two main categories: Clinical Managers and Health Information Managers.

Clinical managers a chosen department in hospitals or private practices. They create and maintain policies and procedures for doctors to follow and ensure quality and repeatability. PHPPMs also evaluate the performance of clinical staff to ensure they are abiding by policy and upholding standards.

To uphold either of these positions, a PHPPM must have detailed knowledge of all clinical duties and activities that go on in a healthcare establishment. Clinical managers are also responsible for developing budgets and coordinating with other administrators to delegate tasks and ensure important tasks are completed. 

Health Information Managers maintain patient records by keeping them complete, updating them, and abiding by federal laws and regulations to keep them secure and uncompromised. Health Information Managers must continually re-educate themselves to stay recent on legislation and current information security technology and techniques. 




Since PHPPMs have to ensure quality and oversee healthcare facilities, it's it imperative they have very good management and leadership skills. They must be able to research, define, and implement the best courses of action and see that staff adheres to policy and produces a great outcome.

Among the necessary skills, these are some of the most important:


You must plan all aspects of your job and other people's jobs. You must be able to have your hand in many different areas and project outcomes.


Budget for your facility and practice cost effectiveness. Know what costs it takes to run at your best and produce the best care.


Must be able to handle business tasks and oversee large operations and guide them smoothly.


Must work with other professionals to meet standards and ensure quality.


Must be able to articulate clearly to various people and maintain clarity and competence throughout.


Be able to lead a large staff and give orderly direction in which people can follow and produce great outcomes.


Must be able to keep a facility and it's workers organized along with paperwork and documents. Must oversee all operations.


Must keep records up-to-date and handle scheduling.


Be able to study and research practices and procedures to determine the best for their facility.


Must work with other administrators to ensure quality across the board and meet important deadlines and standards.


Working Conditions


Public health is a matter of rapidly growing importance and focus both in the United States and internationally, meaning that Public Health Practice and Program Management skills are in very high demand. A wide range of employers are open to people with this specialty, in private practice, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and government.

Workloads can be high but opportunities for career advancement are also numerous. A Public Health Practice and Program Management specialist can earn from $33,000 to $90,000 per year in addition to other earnings from existing medical skills and depending on location and job.


Salary Outlook

How to Become a PHPPM:


Since most of those pursuing this career are usually established clinical professionals, distance learning and part-time programs both exist to satisfy the education requirements of this specialty. Programs cover program analysis, epidemiology, data-based inference, public health management, and similar matters. The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) websites both offer comprehensive school listings and resources for this career.


1. Earn a Bachelor's Degree (4 Years)


You must have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in a Public Health Related field, or in Business Administration or Health Sciences. You can perhaps get a job in Clinical Managing with only a Bachelor's but most jobs will require additional clinical experience. Small practices and departmental programs may only require a bachelor's degree.


2. Earn a Master's Degree (2 Years)


Most PHPPMs hold A Master's Degree in a Public Health related field like, health services administration, long-term care administration, health sciences, or business administration. Graduate are arduous and highly competitive and many have an additional year of supervised administrative coursework after the class portion of the Master's is complete.