Health Policy and Management
For more than three decades, the Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) has prepared students for challenging careers in the health care industry — health services management, health policy-making, and public health practice — and has provided a strong foundation for graduate study.
Over the past decade, the department has evolved into a more interdisciplinary approach to studying the relationship between health and society. HPM has a required field experience seminar and internship program designed to prepare students for the world of professional practice they will enter after graduation. Our curriculum recognizes the need to balance theory with practice and provides for a structured field experience during the senior year. This required internship affords students an opportunity to develop and practice professional skills under the direction of an on-site preceptor and a faculty supervisor.
We offer a unique training ground for those who will lead in the development of healthier communities through professional practice, research, and service. Many students choose to combine a major in health policy with a major or minor in accounting, business studies, global studies, political science, public and community service, psychology, or sociology.
Students interested in changing their major to HPM must first take the department’s introductory course, HPM 101: American Health Care System. In addition, students must fill out a copy of the program’s Pre-Declaration form (available outside Howley 203 and 229) and print a copy of their current, unofficial transcript from CyberFriar. All materials should be turned in to the HPM graduate assistant, Reed Fraser, in Howley/Service 229. The program does not offer a minor.