The Master in Public Management major in Health Systems and Development (MPM-HSD) is a 38-unit interdisciplinary graduate
program designed for the Doctors to the Barrios (DTTBs) and health sector practitioners and professionals. It incorporates
the Academy's distinctive features of combining both theoretical and practical cum functional competencies
as well as building stewardship values. Program graduates are envisioned to be health systems reform implementers and rural health development managers who
will serve as change catalysts in their respective areas.
MPM-HSD uses and includes adult and experiential-based learning, interactive sessions with experts and practitioners,
field exposures, and an action oriented thesis scheme that combines scientific research with program development and
Its major learning areas involve strengthening scientific and technical knowledge and skills whilst developing
personal and managerial efficacy at the same time. These cover research, planning and implementation of programs on
health sector reform and other related initiatives. Students are honed on scientific as well as managerial approaches
and tools for pursuing reforms and proposing strategic solutions to problems and concerns in the health sector.
MPM-HSD aims to provide a holistic development package for the DTTBs and health sector practitioners. Students of the
Program will be able to observe, learn or share from best practices and have a chance to apply the optimum skills that will enable them to:
1. Critically examine health and development issues and concerns that confront health professionals in the public sector at the national and local /municipal Level;
2. Holistically understand the causes and factors that bear on health and development issues and concerns;
3. Select and apply appropriate Leadership and management strategies in designing, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating health policies, programs, projects, and interventions at the Municipal/Local Level, and
4. Live out the principles of effective and efficient health governance, such as transparency and accountability, integrity, sound ethics, and commitment to public service, among others.