Welcome from Chair

Julie DonohueWelcome to the Department of Health Policy and Management! Thank you for visiting our website. Whether you are applying for one of our degree programs, interested in our research findings, or you are an alum hoping to engage with us, we look forward to connecting with you. This is an exciting and daunting time to be in public health, and we are more committed than ever to providing our students with the training they need to tackle our most pressing public health challenges. We are also engaged in cutting edge research to inform policymakers on how best to improve access, equity, quality, and efficiency in health care and public health systems. 

Our department’s academic programs provide outstanding training for students interested in careers in health policy and management. We offer the following degrees:

MHA: For the future professional health systems manager, we offer an MHA degree that prepares students to enter early to mid-level management positions and provide the foundation for subsequent professional development, leadership and executive management in organizations involved in the delivery or financing of health care services. Graduates of this program have advanced to become CEOs and Presidents of major hospitals, delivery systems, and payers.

MPH: Our MPH program provides related training with a focus on public policy and public health systems at the local, state, and federal level. MPH graduates have found positions in public health departments, state health agencies, the federal government, and many national healthcare advocacy organizations.

MS: The MS program prepares graduates for analytic positions in health services research and policy, analytics and also prepares them for doctoral training. Graduates will be prepared to conduct research on policy issues affecting the organization, financing, and delivery of health care and public health services.

PhD: For students wishing high-quality rigorous research training to investigate the causes, effects, and potential solutions for healthcare problems today, we offer a PhD in health services research and policy. The analytic, policy, and economic skills and expertise provided by this program produces individuals who can seek positions in academics, research institutions, the federal government or healthcare consulting organizations.

Joint Programs and Certificates: In addition, we offer multiple other programs for multidisciplinary interests in healthcare. With the incredible importance of the legal landscape in healthcare today, we offer a joint program with the law school leading to a JD/MPH degree. For those looking to hone their leadership skills, we also offer an MHA/MBA degree in partnership with the Katz Graduate School of Business. Because of the increasing importance of understanding the efficiency of healthcare delivery, in collaboration with the Department of Industrial Engineering, we have developed and offer a certificate in Health Systems Engineering, and for clinicians who are entering leadership positions, we offer a certificate in Health Systems Management and Leadership.

The faculty of the Department of Health Policy and Management draws from a wide range of disciplines, with expertise in health policy, economics, management, finance, law, decision sciences and public health. The Department faculty conduct research in health care financing, behavioral health care, the impact of state and federal health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, payment and delivery system reforms, long-term care and chronic care, organ allocation and donation, and pharmaceutical policy. 

Please contact:
Jess Dornin with any questions regarding our educational programs. We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you decide whether a career in health policy and management makes sense for you.

Julie Donohue,
Department Chair

Administrative Contact

Departmental Assistant
Susan L Borowski
Primary phone: 412-383-7049