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Health Policy and Management

Advancing health and health systems locally, nationally and globally
950 Award celebration

New in HPM: Outstanding Alumni Honored at Recent Event


Three of the four alumni who received 950 Awards this year have ties to the Department of Health Policy and Management. They include a lawyer who studied health policy and works in enforcement at the Food and Drug Administration, a health administrator who has served as a vice president at leading health systems in Maryland and Virginia, and a nationally recognized expert on childhood bullying.
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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


Science Has Suffered at Federal Agencies; New Report Recommends Ways for Congress to Strengthen It

A new report from a wide-ranging group of organizations, including the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, addresses threats to the use of science in government decisions.

In the First Year Alone, Nearly 50,000 Arkansans Could Lose Medicaid under State’s Work Experiment

WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 12, 2018 ) – In June, Arkansas became the first state in the nation to put in place a large-scale experiment that ties Medicaid for thousands of low...

When Selecting Contraception, Both Attitude and Intention toward Pregnancy Matter, New Study Finds

The latest Women's Health Issues Editor's Choice study examines the imperfect alignment between pregnancy intention and attitude in contraceptive selection.