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Health Policy and Management

Advancing health and health systems locally, nationally and globally

This Month in HPM: Influencing the National Debate About Health Policy


At a time when our nation’s health policies are in flux, researchers in the Department of Health Policy and Management are publishing timely and hard-hitting research, making widely viewed presentations, and being quoted in the national media.  Our proximity to the White House gives us a unique opportunity to interact with the nation’s policymakers and influence the nationwide debate.  Our students gain extraordinary insights into important aspects of key policy issues, including the future of healthcare. 

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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.

Graduate Programs

Certificate Programs

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Research


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


HPM Students Win Prize in Cleveland Clinic Case Competition

The students outperformed many of our peer institutions with a well-considered solution to a complex problem.

New Report Forecasts Major Shortfall in Community Health Center Revenues if Congress Repeals Medicaid Expansion, Reduces Marketplace Subsidies and Fails to Renew Health Centers Fund

WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK (April 18, 2017) —A new report estimates that community health centers would face a $48 billion shortfall in total revenues between 2018 and...

Health Policy and Management Students Win Awards at GW Research Day

Standout health policy work by Health Policy and Management students, staff, and faculty is recognized.