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Health Policy and Management

Advancing health and health systems locally, nationally and globally
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This Month in HPM: Race and Socio-Economic Status Impacts Health

When Thomas A. LaVeist came to Milken Institute SPH this March to serve as chair of the school’s Department of Health Policy and Management, he brought years of experience in health policy, health equity and identifying solutions to health disparities with him. He is currently working on the book and documentary film, The Skin You’re In, which focuses on health disparities in the U.S.

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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.

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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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

Medicaid Policies That Help Smokers Quit Also Save on Health Care Costs

Medicaid programs that require counseling may erect barriers for smokers who want to quit, new study suggests.

GW Students Take Home Grand Prize at 2016 DC Public Health Case Challenge Competition

Students from Milken Institute SPH, School of Medicine and Health Sciences,and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development were on the winning team.

Dean Goldman Awarded the Walsh McDermott Medal at the National Academy of Medicine Annual Meeting

The Walsh McDermott Medal is awarded to a NAM member for distinguished service to the Academies over an extended period of time.