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Health Policy and Management

Advancing health and health systems locally, nationally and globally
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New in HPM: Celebrating Rising Rankings x2


The Department of Health Policy and Management is doubly celebrating the newly released 2019 U.S. News and World Report rankings. Both the Milken Institute School of Public Health and our department’s Master of Health Administration program are now ranked #12 in the country. The Milken Institute SPH rose two spots and our MHA program jumped four spots.
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What is Health Policy and Management?


Health policy involves the decisions, plans, and actions undertaken by public and private organizations and governmental bodies to influence and improve individual and public health and health care through the achievement of specific goals. Health administration is focused on leadership and management of healthcare organizations and systems. These two areas work hand-in-hand to ensure that the health policies developed can be effectively implemented in the healthcare system. Our faculty’s research in areas such as the impact of changes in the Affordable Care Act has been influential as legislators, policy makers, healthcare providers, administrators, payers, and consumers navigate the complex evolving healthcare 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

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Research


Our rigorous, objective research focusing on outcomes and ways to improve health and healthcare policies and leadership practices is enhanced by our unique location.

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Practice Experience


Our extensive and ever growing partner network enables students to work with leading Washington, D.C. and regional based health organizations as practice settings.

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Careers and Alumni


Earning one of our many degrees can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities upon graduating. Click for a sampling of opportunities 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


Repeal of Affordable Care Act Would Devastate Health Care for Millions of Americans and Worsen COVID Pandemic, Says Public Health Amicus Brief

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 13, 2020) – The Affordable Care Act has been essential to American public health over the past decade and its loss in the midst of a global ...

New Tool Will Help Public Health Officials Estimate the Need for COVID-19 Contact Tracing

WASHINGTON, DC (May 7, 2020) –A novel workforce tool created by researchers at Milken Institute SPH estimates that the nation will need a total of 184,000 COVID-19 ...

Geiger Gibson Program Recognizes 12 Emerging Leaders

WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK, NY (April 22, 2020) – Each year, the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy honors young professionals.