HMP Overview

Health care management is an extremely dynamic and rewarding profession. Individuals who work in this field are challenged to provide the highest quality, most effective health care services to the greatest number of people at the lowest cost. More specifically, Health Management and Policy is concerned with the management of health care organizations, formulation and implementation of health care policy, improving access to health care services, financing health care services, and evaluating the quality and outcomes of health care services.

Department of Health Management and Policy’s Mission

The Department’s mission is to improve health and health services by preparing future leaders for, and advancing knowledge in, health management, policy, and research.

Career Paths

A Health Management and Policy student can pursue a Masters degree in Health Administration (MHA), an Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA), a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in policy, or a Ph.D. in Health Services Research and Policy. Graduate education in health management and policy prepares individuals for careers in management, policy analysis and implementation, and research that focuses on the design, administration, management, and evaluation of health policies, programs, and services that are provided in a variety of settings:

  • Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Managed Care Organizations
  • Group Practices and Clinics
  • Consulting Firms
  • Health Insurance Organizations
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Research Institutes
  • Government Agencies
  • Health Care Technology Companies
  • Military Medical Administration
  • Foundations and Volunteer Organizations
  • Community Health Centers

As the health care system continues to grow and diversify, the demand for well-educated and highly skilled individuals will increase, and the challenges and opportunities associated with working in the health management and policy field will continue to provide a rewarding and stimulating professional life.


Questions or comments? Contact Brianne Johnson. This page was last reviewed on April 24, 2015.