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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.*


Recent Faculty Achievements

Dr. Candidus Nwakasi has joined the Department of Health Policy and Management as Assistant Professor. Welcome Candi!

Dr. Tuba Agartan and Dr. Jessica Mulligan have been promoted to Full Professors

Dr. Robert Hackey and Dr. Tuba Agartan have been awarded Riccobono Academic Resilience Faculty Fellowships for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Dr. Deborah Levine has been published in The Washington Post for two articles related to the coronavirus pandemic. Read here and here

Dr. Todd Olszewski has been named a 2020 DeBakey Fellow by the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Dr. Jessica Mulligan was published in the Journal of Critical Policy Studies for an article she co-wrote: Introduction to a symposium on development implementation: discipline, deception, and the relational work of development

Professor Tricia Forte ’07 wins 2018 Teaching Excellence award for Visiting and Practitioner Faculty

Meet Our Faculty