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.
Declaring a Major in HPM
Students interested in declaring a major in HPM must first take the department’s introductory course, HPM 101: American Health Care System. Due to COVID-19, the Office of the Registrar has moved the Major/Minor Change process completely online. To begin the HPM declaration process, students must fill out the HPM Major Declaration Application. Once the form is completed the Department Administrative Assistant, Sarah Wojtusik, will contact you regarding next steps.
*The program does not offer a minor.*