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Health Policy and Management

Advancing health and health systems locally, nationally and globally

This Month in HPM: Building Awareness About Health Policy Alternatives

Our nation’s health policies have been uncertain for months, and recent actions by the federal government have only heightened that uncertainty. One of the many ways that faculty and researchers in the Department of Health Policy and Management have helped policymakers make informed choices and aid those affected by legislation prepare for the impacts of potential changes is by bringing together experts to share their knowledge in public forums. An example is a recent event held at the school that was widely attended and watched by students and faculty, as well as many others who look to us for expert insight and advice, “The Affordable Care Act—What Comes Next?”

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What is Health Policy and Management?

Health policy is a law or regulation established by governments and other institutions to influence and improve the public’s health. Health services management is focused on leadership within the healthcare system in settings such as hospitals and medical practices. These two areas work hand-in-hand to ensure that the health policies developed can be effectively implemented into the healthcare system. Our faculty’s research in areas like the Affordable Care Act, for example, have been influential as legislators, policy makers, healthcare providers, insurers and the government continue to work towards perfecting the complex healthcare law and system.

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Program Offerings

Graduate Degrees and Certificates

The Department of Health Policy and Management offers a number of graduate degrees that allow students to specialize in key aspects of this broad and dynamic field.

Whether you are looking to obtain an MPH or an MHA, options are available to students both in the classroom and online. We also offer doctorate programs, joint degrees and a Master of Science in Health Policy. Only a few blocks from the Capital Building, White House and Supreme Court, health policy begins and ends in our community.

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Conducting rigorous, objective research that is translated into policy, practice and leadership is enhance by leveraging our unique location.

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Practice Experience

Our extensive partner network enables students to work with top Washington, D.C. health organizations as practice settings.

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Careers and Alumni

Earning one of our degrees can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities. Click for a sampling and alumni profiles.

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Student Resources

Meet Our Faculty

Leighton Ku, PhD, MPH

Professor and Director of the Center for Health Policy Research

As a health policy researcher, a public policy analyst, and an advocate, Dr. Ku's career has been built around the effort to understand and improve access to affordable health care for vulnerable populations. In his Faculty Spotlight, Dr. Ku discusses the Affordable Care Act, his research on Medicaid and one incredible collection of comic books.

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Department News

Roslyn M. Brock Gives Inspirational Address at School’s 2017 Commencement

On Thursday May 18, 2017, Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) recognized nearly 750 graduates with a celebration held in the Charles E. Smith Center on the...

Four GW Students Win Prestigious Health Policy Scholarships

Two Health Policy MPH students and a MPH@GW student received $10,000 David A. Winston Health Policy Scholarships.

This Month in HPM: Building Awareness About Health Policy Alternatives

Our nation’s health policies have been uncertain for months, and recent actions by the federal government have only heightened that uncertainty. One of the many ways...