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Health Policy and Management

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New in HPM: Our Department’s First Case Competition

Case competitions invite master of health administration (MHA) students to address the most pressing issues in health care management today. The Department of Health Policy and Management recently ran its first case competition. The 38 participating students developed recommendations for Nashville General Hospital, which provides care for many indigent and uninsured residents in one of the nation’s most competitive health care markets.
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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

Certificate Programs

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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

DrPH Student Combines Interest in Environmental, Occupational Health and Policy as Research Scholar

As a RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar, Ans Irfan, MD is exploring the operationalization of ‘work’ as a social determinant of health.

First Health Administration Fellowship Fair Connects Students with Healthcare Organizations

A range of healthcare organizations from across the country came to GW to meet with MHA students.

One Year After the Hurricanes, Health Centers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Report Treating More Patients with More Complex Needs

Nearly 3/4 of community health centers report a growing demand for services, with some reporting an increase of more than 10% in the number of people seeking care.