New online concentration designed to help health care professionals improve health care systems

July 6, 2016

Medical professionals in a meetingBeginning this month, students in the School of Public Health’s On-Campus/Online Master of Public Health (OOMPH) Professional Degree Program will be able to apply to the program with an option to concentrate in Health Policy and Management (HPM). This concentration will be offered in addition to the interdisciplinary online MPH, both of which are designed for working professionals.

“We expect there to be a strong demand for this concentration, given that health care spending is approaching one-fifth of the United States’ economy,” says Brent Fulton, assistant adjunct professor of health economics and policy at the School and faculty director of the new concentration. “The concentration will provide our students with the knowledge and tools to make our health care system more effective, efficient, and equitable.”

The HPM concentration will extend the reach of an already successful program: The OOMPH program began in January 2012, currently enrolls over 160 students, and has more than 100 alumni. In addition to the other OOMPH breadth courses and electives, students in the HPM concentration will take six required HPM courses. Two are existing OOMPH courses—strategic management in the health sector and health care organizations and management—and four are new: health care finance, health care economics, economics of population health, and health policy.

“We selected and developed these courses by examining our on-campus HPM curriculum and surveying our current students,” says Fulton. “The curriculum is designed for a variety of professionals—from clinicians to managers to policy leaders—across a range of health care areas.”

The first cohort of students that will be eligible to select the HPM concentration are those who apply to the program during the current application period (July 1 to October 1, 2016) and enroll in January 2017.

By Linda Anderberg

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