Public Health Management (PHM)

 “Given the scarcity of healthcare resources, there is an urgent need to optimize their management. This is to ensure that healthcare disbursements reach their intended target, especially when it concerns the most vulnerable segments of the population. In addition, with rapidly aging populations, the anticipated cost of healthcare is burgeoning. This calls for many innovative designs and partnerships in order to deliver the services required in a sustained manner and at optimal cost. 

The principal aim of the PHM division is to develop graduates who can contribute to innovation and development at local, national and international levels in the field of public health management. The division combines education, research and practice, and is likely to be of interest to medical professionals, health administrators, representatives from civil society organizations engaged in public health and others allied with the medical field.”

Nader Ghotbi, Ph.D., Professor and Division Head (Iran)
Degree:M.D.; Ph.D. in Health Economics (Kyoto University, Japan), M.D. in Medicine (Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran) 
Research Fields: Public Health, Health Economics, Environmental Health, Bioethics

Division Overview

The Public Health Management (PHM) division teaches students three fundamental skills: skills in managing the budget, finance, economics and accounting of healthcare costs; skills in epidemiology, health statistics and research methodology as well as information management; and skills in public health, mainly preventive medicine and environmental health. This division puts emphasis on the economics and financial as well as administrative management of healthcare services at both the public and private sectors, while preserving the standard foundations of conventional public health education. Moreover, it encourages students at an early stage to focus on healthcare case studies that relate to significant issues in the Asia Pacific region. They may start by reviewing current health issues as reflected in papers, and by raising research questions with policy implications from the very beginning. This aspect of teaching and research is looked upon as a strategic approach throughout the whole length of the program.

Faculty and Their Research Fields

Major Subjects

Recommended Elective Subjects

Sample Research Topics

Sample Career

Academic Career
Government Offices
Companies and Organizations

Sisca Wiguno (Indonesia)

Morse Caoagas Flores 

   Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies

   International Cooperation Policy (ICP) 
   Public Health Management


Thanks to the nature of my work in the humanitarian field, I am exposed to a variety of cultures from many different countries on a regular basis. But at no other point in my life, however, have I encountered such sheer diversity and inclusiveness as I did in the APU community. My interactions with colleagues and professors from all over the world in APU’s friendly and progressive learning environment sharpened my knowledge of global affairs and increased my understanding of public-health related issues. As there is currently a shift in the focus of public health intervention toward middle-income populations and developed countries due to challenges such as non-communicable diseases and the decline of healthy cities, the knowledge of and exposure to these realities gained through my research in the Public Health Management program at APU have been indispensable in advancing my career. After graduation, I had the chance to work for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) as a medical coordinator in Iran and as a deputy medical coordinator in Pakistan. Now, I have the honor of working with UNICEF as a health officer for malaria and EPI interventions.