Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM)
SANDRA B. GREENE, Interim Chair
Peggye Dilworth-Anderson (308)
Marisa E. Domino (279) Health Economics
Jessica Lee (312) Access to Care for Children, Evidence-Based Practice of Dentistry
Joseph P. Morrissey (138) Health Services Research, Administrative Medicine, Community Mental Health
George Pink (309) Integrated Health Care, Health Services Accounting and Finance, Financial Performance Measurement, Executive Compensation, Nursing Cost Analyses
Thomas C. Ricketts (139) Rural Health Care, Primary Care, Regionalization of Services, Political Philosophy, Policy Implementation and Policy Development
Richard Gary Rozier (29) Dental Public Health
Sally Stearns (150) Health Economics, Health Policy
Morris Weinberger (300) Quality Management, Health Outcomes Research, Health Services Research
Bryan Weiner (277) Organization and Management of Community Health Partnerships
William N. Zelman (62) Health Care Financial Management, Activity-Based Costing, Cost of Quality, Instructional Design, Quality Improvement
Professors of the Practice
Andrea K. Biddle (175) Health Care Access and Reform, Childhood Vaccination, Pharmaceutical Economics
Bruce J. Fried (172) Human Resources Management in Health Care, Mental Health Services Research, Health Services Management and Education, Canadian Health Systems
John Paul (320) Health Policy, Health Economics, Outcomes Related to Pharmaceutical Products
Pam Silberman (249) Public Health Legal Issues
Clinical Associate Professors
Dean M. Harris (195) Health Law and Ethics for Health Administration
Suzanne Hobbs (330) Public Health Policy, Food and Nutrition Policy
Clinical Assistant Professors
Norris Gunby Jr.
James V. Porto (134) Management and Information Systems, Public Budgeting and Finance
Karl E. Umble
J. Bennett Waters (334)
Edward L. Baker Jr.
Sheila Leatherman (286) Quality of Care, Health Systems Performance, International Health Policy
Research Associate Professors
Research Assistant Professors
Kristen Hassmiller Lich
William K. Atkinson II (255) Health Care Administration
Hayden B. Bosworth
Fred T. Brown Jr. (282) Managed Care Networks
Young Moon Chae
Emery Wayne Holden
Donald A. Holzworth
Barbara Mark (318)
Betsy Sleath (254) Pharmacy Administration
Judith Tintinalli (323)
Wendee Wechsberg (291) Clinical Addiction and Drug Treatment, HIV Projects
Adjunct Associate Professors
Mary A. Beck (164) Health Care Administration
J. Steven Cline
Melissa Kaluzny (331)
Daniel Lee (301) Medical Care Organization
Patricia MacTaggart (324)
Michael S. O'Malley (235) Health Services/Oncology Research
Janet E. Porter
Richard P. Scoville (272) Management Information Systems in Health Care
Steven G. Sloate (228) Health Policy and Management
Adjunct Assistant Professors
Oscar Aylor (268)
Carolyn Carpenter (329)
Young Kyung Do
Susan L. Hogue (290) Health Outcomes Research
Frederick K. Homan (236) Health Policy and Management
George L. Jackson
Michel D. Landry
Gary S. Nestler
David D. Potenziani (298) Management Information Systems in Health Care
Stuart M. Rennie
Gary R. West
Dawn Carter (281) Strategic Planning and Marketing
J. Mike Collins
Randall J. Egseqian
Douglas A. Johnston (174) Health Law
Lawrence K. Mandelkehr (244) Database Design for Health Care
Donald R. Markle
William F. Pilkington
Patricia M. Pozella
Erica D. Rentz
Robert Stevens (333)
William B. Gentry (321)
Sanford D. West
James P. Dixon
Patricia Z. Fischer
William S. Flash
William T. Herzog
Robert A. Loddengaard
Curtis P. McLaughlin
Harry T. Phillips
The Department of Health Policy and Management offers three master's degrees, two doctoral degrees, and one graduate-level certificate program.
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) (Residential)
The M.P.H. is a professional degree intended for individuals who hold doctoral-level professional training (J.D., M.D., D.D.S., etc.) or a Ph.D. degree. Students gain an understanding of the perspective of public health, and public health methods and values. Students are provided an introduction to management and policy-related careers in the health field. The degree is suitable for individuals who have an interest in either healthcare management or in health policy.
Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.)
The M.H.A. is a professional degree for individuals wishing to pursue management careers in health systems, hospitals, consulting firms, managed care organizations, insurance companies, medical group practices, government agencies, or other healthcare settings. The M.H.A. degree provides strong preparation in the management disciplines, and a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector. Students also have the opportunity to pursue a concentration in a particular area of interest.
Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.)
The M.S.P.H. is a professional degree which prepares individuals for careers in health policy analysis, health services research, program planning, program evaluation and advocacy at local, state, federal and international levels, as well as for the private sector. Students obtain a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system and receive in-depth training in health policy analysis and health services research methods. Students also have the opportunity to pursue a concentration in a particular area of interest.
The Executive Master's Program (Distance Education)
The Department of Health Policy and Management provides graduate-level education to employed health professionals and healthcare administrators, offering the M.H.A. and the M.P.H. degrees through its Executive Master's Program. This national program provides master's degree study to full-time health professionals throughout the United States and beyond. The program comprises brief, but intensive sessions on the Chapel Hill campus, faculty-guided, Internet-based distance learning using real time conferencing, and applied leadership integrative modules to test concepts learned.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The Ph.D. program in Health Policy and Management is designed to provide students with the competencies, academic foundation, and research experience to become independent and creative health services/health policy researchers. All students take required courses in health services research, research design, quantitative methods, and health policy. In addition, students develop expertise in a minor area. Current minors include: Decision Sciences and Outcomes Research; Economics; Financial Management; Health Policy and Politics; Quality and Access; and Organization and Implementation Science. Students must pass written comprehensive examinations after completing course work, then present and defend a dissertation proposal and the final dissertation based on original research. The PhD program is designed to be completed in four years.
Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (Dr.P.H.)
UNC's doctoral program in health policy and management prepares mid-career professionals for senior-level positions in organizations working domestically and internationally to improve the public's health. The three-year, cohort-based distance program targets individuals working full-time with substantial leadership responsibilities in communities, organizations, and institutions. Students must have a master's or a doctoral degree before matriculating into the Dr.P.H. With the exception of three short visits to Chapel Hill (or an alternate site outside North Carolina or overseas) in each of years one and two, learning takes place in participants' homes and offices, away from the UNC campus. Students connect to the faculty and their peers mainly via computer, making substantial use of technology that allows students and faculty to share data and interact productively via live video and audio. The distance format allows working professionals to complete doctoral leadership training while continuing full-time employment, remaining in-country throughout the duration of their education.
Certificate Program in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management
The professional certificate program in community preparedness and disaster management is designed to provide students, as well as community leaders in emergency services (fire, law enforcement, EMS, 911 communications), public health, emergency management, health services, veterinary services, and all who prepare for and respond to disasters with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of disaster management systems used to combat natural and man-made disasters, including terrorism. Residential students may take just one course, or opt for all 3 courses to complete the certificate.
Courses for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students
420 Community and Public Health Security: Disasters, Terrorism, and Emergency Management (3). This course examines systems for emergency management at federal, state, and local levels. The roles of emergency management, health services, and public health in disaster management are also reviewed. Every other week, evening online sessions required with instructors.
421 Community and Public Health Disasters: Agents of Action and Public Health Hazards (3). Permission of the instructor. This course covers biological, chemical, nuclear, and environmental agents that threaten public health. Offered to students in CPDM program only.
422 Emergency Management I Analytic Methods (3). Introduction of analytical tools to assess, evaluate, map, and investigate disasters (including biological outbreaks). These tools will be used to improve planning and evaluation of disaster management programs. Every other week, evening online sessions required with instructors.
423 Emergency Management II Disaster Management (3). Explores issues of preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation, and research in disaster management. Students will participate in evacuation decision-making, volunteer management, and the development of a disaster exercise. Every other week, evening online sessions required with instructors.
435 Marketing for Not-for-Profit Organizations (3). Permission of the instructor. Application of basic principles of marketing and marketing decision models to problems in health care and other not-for-profit organizations.
440 Introduction to Management Information Systems in Health Care (3). Conceptual and practical aspects in the analysis, development, and utilization of computer-based information and control systems with emphasis on application to the health care environment.
466 Competition, Regulation, and Insurance (3). Examines alternative approaches to containing health care costs adapted by public and private payers.
470 Statistical Methods for Health Policy and Management (3). Introduction of linear model approach to analysis of data in health care settings. Topics include probability distributions, estimation tests of hypotheses, methods in multiple regression, and analysis of variance and covariance.
472 Program Evaluation (3). Concepts and methods of the program evaluation paradigm as applied in health administration.
496 Readings in Health Policy and Management (13). Directed readings or research. Written reports are required.
522 Aging, Family, and Long-Term Care: Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial Issues (3). Current issues pertaining to the health and well-being of older Americans, and how such issues influence family dynamics and choices about long-term care. Critical topics on chronic illness, family and community caregiving, ethnicity/culture, and socioeconomic status will be covered in the course.
531 Physician Practice Management (3). Permission of the instructor. Restricted to seniors. Course targets students interested in a health care career. Topics include structure of group practices, governance/ownership, risk management, malpractice, physician compensation, operational and financial management.
532 Health Care Consulting (3). This course will provide students with a working knowledge of the various forms of health care consulting, including internal consulting. Students will enhance their analytical, presentation, teamwork, and project management skills.
550 Medical and Science Journalism (HBEH 660, JOMC 560) (3). See JOMC 560 for description.
551 Medical and Science Video Storytelling (HBEH 561, JOMC 561) (3). See JOMC 561 for description.
552 Science Documentary Television (HBEH 562, JOMC 562) (3). See JOMC 562 for description.
560 Media and Health Policy (3). Introduces students to news media organizations and their role in health policy development. Students will learn how to evaluate media content and strategies and to communicate effectively via mass media.
564 Health Care in the United States: Administrative and Policy Issues (3). Restricted to HPM majors. An overview of key health services issues including quality, access, financing, insurance, ethics, and delivery systems plus an introduction to health care policy and politics.
600 Introduction to Health Policy and Management (3). This course provides an overview of the United States healthcare system. Students will explore the system's organization, financing, management, resources, and performance. For each topic, they will analyze relevant legislation and discuss current issues. Students will develop skills in policy research and analysis, healthcare system evaluation, and basic financial literacy.
601 Issues in Health Care (1). Lectures on current topics in health care.
602 Concurrent Practice (13). Permission of the program director. Supervised activities in an approved health organization, to include one or more specific projects, approved by HPM faculty member and directed by an approved preceptor/mentor in the organization.
605 Practice Application Journaling I (0.5). This course is the first of six field-based journal practica in which students monitor their learning processes, identify where knowledge and skills learned in courses are helpful and relevant to areas of their professional responsibility, and apply that knowledge and those skills to actual work situations.
606 Practice Application Journaling II (0.5). Prerequisite, HPM 605. This course is the second of six field-based journal practica in which students monitor their learning processes, identify where knowledge and skills learned in courses are helpful and relevant to areas of their professional responsibility, and apply that knowledge and those skills to actual work situations.
607 Practice Application Journaling III (0.5). This course is the third of six field-based journal practica in which students monitor their learning processes, identify where knowledge and skills learned in courses are helpful and relevant to areas of their professional responsibility, and apply that knowledge and those skills to actual work situations.
608 Practice Application Journaling IV (0.5). This course is the fourth of six field-based journal practica in which students monitor their learning processes, identify where knowledge and skills learned in courses are helpful and relevant to areas of their professional responsibility, and apply that knowledge and those skills to actual work situations.
609 Practice Application Journaling V (0.5). This course is the fifth of six field-based journal practica in which students monitor their learning processes, identify where knowledge and skills learned in courses are helpful and relevant to areas of their professional responsibility, and apply that knowledge and those skills to actual work situations.
610 Practice Application Journaling VI (0.5). This course is the sixth and final of six field-based journal practica in which students monitor their learning processes, identify where knowledge and skills learned in courses are helpful and relevant to areas of their professional responsibility, and apply that knowledge and those skills to actual work situations.
611 Public Health Concepts in a Systems Context (3). This course develops systems reasoning in health policy and management students through the application of systems techniques and systems thinking to core public health concepts in health policy and management, environmental health, epidemiology, and health behavior.
620 Implementing Health Informatics Initiatives (3). Focuses on implementing informatics programs and projects in health organizations. Informatics initiatives aim to facilitate effective information use for the purpose of improving the quality of health services and/or efficiency of processes. Therefore, these initiatives have implications for various stakeholder groups, including consumers, practitioners, administrators, and policy makers.
634 Public Health Issues in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management (PWAD 634) (3). Examines conventional public health constructs of community preparedness and disaster management. Includes a review of traditional and emerging literature. Emphasizes conceptual development and application of adaptive leadership strategies.
652 Economic Evaluation of Health Care Technology (DPOP 802) (3). Focus is on determination of costs and benefits associated with alternative resource allocation schemes. Crucial economic concepts (e.g., utility valuation of health states and marginal analysis) are presented.
653 Pharmacoeconomics (DPOP 801) (3). See DPOP 801 for description.
660 International and Comparative Health Systems (3). Methods of comparing health systems, examinations of related national health systems, and analysis of related high prevalence health issues.
664 Globalization and Health (MHCH 664) (3). Globalizationits economic, environmental, political, technological, institutional, and sociocultural dimensionshistorically and currently contributes to beneficial and adverse effects on population, community, and family and individual health.
670 Systems Simulation for Health Services (3). Course will prepare students to simulate health services using the MedModel simulation software. Basic concepts of discrete event simulation.
690 Special Topics in Health Policy and Management (0.53). Special topics course for health policy and management undergraduate students.
691H Honors Research (3). Required preparation, approved cumulative grade point average by the end of the junior year. Readings and seminars for undergraduates showing potential and talent for research. Students will design an independent research project, write a proposal, and complete an IRB application as partial completion of an honors thesis.
692H Independent Honors Research (3). Prerequisite, HPM 691H. Permission of the instructor. Students collect data, analyze and report findings, and make recommendations to complete an honor thesis and present findings in presentation/poster format.
697 BSPH Capstone (3). The capstone course is an "integrative exercise" for BSPH students prior to graduation. It is intended to simulate the integration of various disciplinesfinance, human resources, ethics, policy, operations, and information technologyinto a comprehensive and practical framework. Students work with health care organizations to solve financial or operational problems.
Courses for Graduate Students
701 Professional Training I (1). Restricted to HPM majors. Supervised professional training (fee is $550).
702 Professional Training II (1). Restricted to HPM majors. Supervised professional training (fee is $500).
703 Professional Training III (121). Restricted to HPM majors. Supervised professional training (fee is $500).
705 Healthcare Management Skills Development Workshop I (0.5). This course is the first of two workshops for students in the Executive Master's Program. These workshops are designed to provide students exposure to key cross cutting skills that will be used in the program. These skills also are essential for effective healthcare management.
706 Healthcare Management Skills Development Workshop II (0.5). Prerequisite, HPM 705. This course is the second of two workshops for students in the Executive Master's Program. These workshops are designed to provide students exposure to key cross cutting skills that will be used in the program. These skills also are essential for effective healthcare management.
707 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health: A Population Perspective (3). This seminar course explores health challenges faced by LGBT populations. Discussions will span a variety of health behaviors and outcomes, determinants of health, developmental stages, identities, and settings. Students will be able to identify conceptual frameworks and considerations relevant in LGBT health research and practice.
710 Health Law (3). An introduction to law and the legal system as it relates to the delivery and financing of health care.
711 Research Management and Ethics in Health Policy (1). This course is aimed at doctoral and M.S.P.H. students with interests in research management and ethics. Using cases and examples, the first part of the course focuses on major management and leadership issues, while the second part deals with ethically relevant matters.
712 Leadership and Ethics (2). This course is based on the notions that leadership and ethics are intertwined and that good leaders behave ethically. There is often no one right way to lead effectively. Also, there are few firm rules or principles that guide ethical decision making, and there is much room for debate.
715 Health Economics for Policy and Management (3). Prerequisite, BIOS 600. Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Provides training in the theory of health economics and applies this theory to important issues in health policy and management.
715L Microeconomics Lab (1). Corequisite, HPM 715. Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Applications of health economics theory to current health care policy.
718 Mental Health Services Research and Policy (3). This course is an introduction to mental health services research and policy. Topics include the financing of mental health services, supply of services, quality measures, assessing need, and barriers to care. The course includes seminar presentations by local and nationally recognized experts in mental health services research and discussion sessions.
720 Management of Human Resources in Health Organizations (3). Prerequisite, HPM 730. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Emphasis is on clarifying concepts of human resources management and identifying the importance of human resources in health organizations.
722 Global Perspectives on Ethical Issues in Health Policy and Management (3). Introduction to ethical issues in health policy and management, including rationing, managed care, clinical research, organizational ethics and compliance programs, administrative ethics, and bioethical issues such as assisted suicide.
725 Health Care Strategy and Marketing (3). This course introduces students to strategic planning and marketing in health services organizations. Students develop practical skills such as assessing the internal and external environment, competitor analysis, and evaluating strategic alternatives in different health care settings. It also explores the role the governing board plays in strategy development and management.
728 Leadership and Workforce Management Strategies in Healthcare Organizations (4). This course provides an introduction to leadership and management in healthcare organizations, with a particular focus on strategic human resources management. Modules include: self-development; organizational design and governance; power, politics and conflict; human resource processes; and organizational change and innovation.
730 Leadership and Management of Health Care Organizations (3). Overview of organizational theory and empirical findings appropriate to the design and behavior of health care organizations. Topics include the design of the organization, its performance, and its relationship to the environment.
734 Approaches to Business Plan Development (1). Approaches to Business Plan Development (‘Capstone Prep') is a one-credit course to introduce and jumpstart the Spring Semester Capstone business plan process necessary for HPM 735.
735 Advanced Concepts and Applications in Health Policy and Management (3). Prerequisite, HPM 734. Required preparation, completion of master's core (can be concurrent). Restricted to HPM graduate students. Integrating and building upon the HPM master's core, this comprehensive course focuses on organization policymaking and administration from the perspective of the CEO and top management.
738 Health Operations Management (3). Operations management (OM) involves the day-to-day management of an organization, by focusing on the analysis, design, planning and control of work processes in order to create value for clients. All organizations must manage their work processes, however surprisingly many do not have a systematic or rigorous approach to managing them.
740 Health Care Financial Accounting (2). This introduces concepts of financial accounting to the non-accountant user of financial information. Basic accounting transactions, financial report preparation, concepts of accrual vs. cash accounting, not-for-profit health care accounting, and the analysis of health care organization financial reports.
741 Management Accounting for Health Administrators (3). Prerequisite, HPM 740. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Permission of the instructor for non-MHA majors. Covers selected topics in managerial accounting applied to health care.
742 Health Care Finance (4). Prerequisites, HPM 740 and HPM 741. This course focuses on financial management, analysis and decision-making and the use of spreadsheets to help make better financial decisions. The course includes the healthcare environment, basic financial management concepts, capital acquisition, and cost of capital, capital structure, and capital budgeting.
743 Health Care Reimbursement (1). This online course in health care reimbursement is designed to provide students with relevant and current information about health care reimbursement methods and the complexities around it. After completion of the course, students should have an operational knowledge of health care reimbursement theory and practice.
746 Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Organizations (4). Focuses on learning and applying key financial and managerial accounting tools and concepts to healthcare problems. Provides a broad introduction to key concepts, issues, tools, and vocabulary useful for policymakers and administrators. Topics include: reading and analyzing healthcare financial statements, recording transactions, budgeting, full costing, incremental costing, and responsibility accounting.
747 Health Care Finance (4). Prerequisite, HPM 746. The course focuses on financial management and analysis. The course includes the healthcare environment, basic financial management concepts, capital acquisition, cost of capital and capital structure, and capital allocation. After completion of the course, students should be able to apply financial management concepts in real world healthcare settings.
748 Healthcare Policy and Economics of Healthcare Insurance (4). This course provides students with an opportunity to investigate topics of healthcare policy and insurance from a finance and economics perspective. The course covers contemporary health policy topics in great depth and with a focus on economic and financial analysis as a tool to evaluate healthcare policies and proposed new legislation.
750 Introduction to Dental Public Health (3). Permission of the instructor. Survey of the theory and practice of dental public health, with an emphasis on basic knowledge and skills necessary for planning and evaluating dental public health programs.
751 Dental Public Health Practice (3). Permission of the instructor. Emphasis on knowledge of community measures for prevention and control of oral diseases, understanding the scientific basis for their use, and designing and evaluating prevention programs for a specific population.
752 Oral Epidemiology for Health Policy and Management (3). Prerequisite, EPID 600 or HPM 750. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Focuses on the epidemiology of oral diseases and the implications and uses of this knowledge for dental health policymaking and administration of dental programs.
754 Health Care in the United States Structure and Policy (4). This core course is designed to provide students with an overview of the structure, systems, and policies of health care delivery in the United States. The goal is to increase students' knowledge and abilities to analyze and address health care issues from both management and policy perspectives.
755 Introduction to Health Policy and Politics (3). Prerequisite, HPM 564. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. This course addresses the major political institutions and policy processes that shape health policy, principally at the federal level.
757 Health Reform: Political Dynamics and Policy Dilemmas (3). This course focuses on the political and policy dynamics of health care reform.
758 Underserved Populations and Health Reform (3). Students will gain an understanding of how the changes in the health care market affect care for underserved populations and will develop strategies to ensure that the needs of these populations are met.
759 Health Policy Analysis and Advocacy for Health Leaders (2). The course will familiarize students with the history of health reform in the U.S., explore issues in health policy, and analyze the impact of health politics on policymaking.
760 Healthcare Quality and Information Management (3). Integrates essential methods and principles in healthcare quality and information management. Emphasis on use of information to measure and improve quality. Will include presentations, individual/group projects, exercises, and group discussion.
761 Quality and Utilization Management (3). Prerequisite, HPM 564 or 754. Evolution and current status of health care quality management systems and programs for utilization control. Includes discussion of alternative quality assurance methods, hospital accreditation, and government programs.
762 Quality of Care (3). The quality of health care in the US has garnered significant attention. This course will examine 1) the current state of the quality of care in the US, 2) approaches to assess quality of care, and 3) strategies that have been implemented or proposed to improve the quality of care.
765 Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar (EPID 772, HBEH 765) (3). An interdisciplinary overview of cancer prevention and control. Emphasis on projects and activities from perspectives of epidemiology, health behavior and education, and health policy and management. Appropriate research design and methodologies are covered.
766 Cancer Care Quality (3). Geared toward researchers, the course examines the overuse, underuse, and misuse of care across the cancer care continuum, focusing on recent work defining, measuring, and improving cancer care quality.
767 Disseminating Evidence and Innovation in Cancer Care (3). This course introduces the concepts, theories, and methods of disseminating research evidence and innovations to improve quality in cancer care.
768 Informed Decision-Making in Cancer Care (3). This course will examine clinical decision-making in cancer care from the perspectives of providers, patients, and families.
770 Operations Research for Health Care Systems (3). Prerequisite, BIOS 600. Permission of the instructor. Review of the systems analysis process in health care systems. Deterministic and random models, mathematical programming, queuing, simulation, forecasting, and measurement. Emphasis on model formulation and computer solution of decision models.
771 Introduction to Regression Models for Health Services Research (3). This course provides an introduction to regression models used in health services research. We will discuss both ordinary least squares regression models, in which the dependent variable is continuous, and logit models, in which the dependent variable is binary. Stata software will be used for examples and assignments.
772 Techniques for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care (3). Prerequisite, EPID 600. This course provides an investigation of the theory, methods, and application of economic evaluation to health care. Topics include methods used to structure an economic evaluation, measure and summarize health outcomes and estimate their value to patients or to the public, and identify resources used and estimate their costs.
773 Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health and Health Care Settings (1.5). This course is a fundamental introduction to the field of program evaluation in public health and health care. We discuss key concepts in planning, conducting, and reporting evaluations. We focus on evaluating programs, policies, products, services, or organizational processes. Through a project, students apply the concepts to their work.
775 Analytic Techniques in Health Policy and Management (3). This course covers a variety of analytic techniques and methodologies basic to more advanced analysis of decision problems in health administration.
776 Healthcare Quality and Information Management (1.5). The HPM 776/777 and 776/778 course sequences integrate essential methods and principles in healthcare quality and information management, emphasizing use of information to measure and improve quality.
777 Health Information and Quality Applications (2). The HPM 776/777 and 776/778 course sequences integrate essential methods and principles in healthcare quality and information management, emphasizing use of information to measure and improve quality.
778 Public Health Information and Quality Application (1.5). The HPM 776/777 and 776/778 course sequences integrate essential methods and principles in healthcare quality and information management, emphasizing use of information to measure and improve quality.
779 Advanced Analytics and Operations Research (4). Healthcare administrators face a range of decisions: some strategic, some financial, others operational. Through your program of study, you are developing analytical and conceptual skills that will help you to make better decisions when the time comes.
780 Public Health Entrepreneurship (NUTR 780) (3). See NUTR 780 for description.
781 Seminar in Comparative Effectiveness Research (1). The course provides an overview of substantive and methodological issues in CER, including randomized controlled trials; inferences from observational studies; literature syntheses; decision sciences/decision modeling; dissemination and implementation science; cross-cutting skills (e.g., strengths and limitations of administrative and clinical databases and electronic health records for CER).
779 Advanced Analytics and Operations Research (4). Healthcare administrators face a range of decisions: some strategic, some financial, others operational. Through your program of study, you are developing analytical and conceptual skills that will help you to make better decisions when the time comes.
785 Advanced Decision Modeling (3). Prerequisite, HPM 772. This course covers advanced decision modeling methods in health care, including probabilistic sensitivity and value of information analysis, economic evaluation using clinical trial data, and discrete event simulation and agent-based/system dynamics modeling techniques. The course teaches analytical techniques and interpretation as well as and state-of-the-art best practices.
786 Introduction to Participatory Systems Science in Health: Methods Overview (3). This course introduces systems science methods and their uses for promoting health. Topics include an overview of systems science methods and the breadth of health-related applications. Students learn how to identify complex problems for which different types of systems science methods are useful.
789 Master's Paper Development (1). Second-year M.S.P.H. or first-year M.P.H. students only. Broad topics related to the development and management of a research project are covered. The major goal is the development and completion of a proposal to be submitted for an independent master's paper.
793 Health Policy and Management Internship (1-2). Restricted to HPM majors. Supervised field experience in approved health agencies. (Internship fee: $450.)
794 Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement and Application in Healthcare Research and Practice (3). Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) include measures of health status, quality of life, and satisfaction with healthcare. This course provides an overview of the PRO measurement and research field, and discusses how to design and evaluate a PRO measure and best practices for integrating PRO in clinical research and healthcare settings.
810 Leadership in Health Law and Ethics (2). Course is designed to provide learners with an introduction and overview of critical issues relating to law, ethics, and public health.
815 Graduate Health Economics Seminar (1). Permission of the instructor. Discussion of recent papers in health economics. Students must have solid knowledge of graduate microeconomics theory and econometrics.
820 Organizational Leadership Theory and Practice (2). Focus is on the behavioral, power-influence, trait, and situational approaches to leadership. Addresses core leadership principles plus leadership-followership theory, transformational and strategic leadership, and creating change.
823 Leadership in Global Health Systems (2). Analyzes health systems from a global perspective. Health systems vary widely in their structures and performance, but there is substantial similarity in issues faced. Evaluates health systems from a system improvement perspective, by focusing on health system analysis and reform. Focuses on ethical issues of health leadership in global perspective.
860 Population Perspectives for Health (1). A review of how the population perspective is used to create programs and social change for health in the United States.
871 Seminar in Teaching Health Policy and Management (1). Problems and processes of teaching health policy and management, including supervised practicum experience.
872 Selected Topics in Health Policy and Management: Advanced Seminar (3). Permission of the instructor. Integrated study of selected theory and research as it relates to the organization and delivery of health services. Separate seminars are developed to correspond to the doctoral student's specific interests and needs.
873 Policy Seminar in Health Policy and Management (1). Seminar on policy issues in health policy and management.
874 Advanced Research Seminar in HPM (1). This seminar will develop core competencies through a: (1) journal club to develop competencies in research design and expose students to diverse content and methodologies; and (2) professional development series.
880 HPM Mathematical and Statistical Tutorial (1). Review of mathematical and statistical concepts used in HPM 881-883. Introduction to statistical programming language.
881 Linear Regression Models (3). Prerequisite, BIOS 600. Equivalent background in probability theory/statistics for student lacking the prerequisite. Required preparation, matrix algebra, derivatives, logs/exponentials, and Stata. This course is an introduction to linear regression models. Topics include least squares regression, multicollinearity, heteroscedasticity, autocorrelation, and hypothesis testing.
882 Advanced Methodology in Health Policy and Management (3). Prerequisites, HPM 496 and 796. This course is an introduction to linear regression models. Topics include linear algebra, least squares regression, multicollinearity, heteroscedasticity, autocorrelation, and hypothesis testing.
883 Analysis of Categorical Data (3). Prerequisites, HPM 881 and 882. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. This course is an introduction to the analysis of categorical data using maximum likelihood and other non-linear techniques and specification tests. Topics include models in which the dependent variable is not continuous, including logit, probit, censored data, two-part, and count models.
884 Health Services/Health Policy Research Methods I (3). Doctoral standing or permission of the instructor. This two-semester course provides an overview of the field of health services research and introduction to basic components of the research process, including literature synthesis, development of a research question and hypothesis, and use of conceptual and logic models to clarify research questions.
885 Health Services/Health Policy Research Methods II (3). Prerequisite, HPM 884. This continuation of HPM 884 examines basic components of the research process, including research designs, analytical issues, qualitative research methods, primary data collection, and secondary data analysis, and provides in-depth analysis of research applications that are relevant to health services and health policy researchers.
886 Advanced Applications in Research Methods (3). Prerequisites, HPM 884 and 885. This course will focus on advanced applications of research methods developed in HPM 884 and HPM 885. Examples and applications are relevant to health services and health policy researchers.
890 Special Topics in HPM (0.5-3). Course reserved for special topics in HPM for graduate-level students only.
930 Doctoral Seminar in Organization Theory and Health Service Organizations (3). Permission of the instructor for nondoctoral students. Review and application of selected developments in organization theory to health services research.
940 Leadership in Health Informatics (2). This two credit hour course introduces health leaders to the new field of health informatics. Topics include approaches to managing information and applying it to improve the delivery of health services in diverse settings.
945 Dissertation Planning and Preparation (2). Part of a sequence to guide students in planning, development, and implementation of Dr.P.H. dissertations. Designed to prepare students to identify appropriate research topics, plan the approach, organize, and write.
946 Dissertation Planning and Preparation II (1). The purpose of this course is to build on students' progress on work initiated in HPM 945 and continue to guide students through the steps necessary to complete a dissertation proposal. In collaboration with faculty, learners will assess the current state of their proposals and complete revisions and additional refinements, culminating in dissertations that are ready to be defended by fall of the third year in the program.
947 Dissertation Planning and Preparation III (1). The purpose of this course is to build on students' progress on work initiated in HPM 946 and continue to guide students through the steps necessary to complete a dissertation proposal. In collaboration with faculty, learners will assess the current state of their proposals and complete revisions and additional refinements, culminating in dissertations that are ready to be defended by fall of the third year in the program.
950 The Research Process (1). The course introduces doctoral students to the world of scientific and policy inquiry. It emphasizes the goal, structure, and content of the dissertation that will be written in the latter part of the program.
951 Literature Review and Appraisal (2). This course is the second in a sequence of courses in research design and methods in the executive Dr.P.H. program. The course explores the nature and process of scientific inquiry in the field of public health, establishing a foundation for methodological exploration, and focusing on the process of developing researchable questions.
952 Community Involvement in Research (1). Relevant literature and guest speakers will highlight cases depicting different levels of community involvement in public health research.
953 Practice Based Research (2). Designed to provide Dr.P.H. students with grounding in basic quantitative and qualitative research techniques used in health services research. Topics include types of research designs, measurement scales and coding nomenclatures, analytical techniques for quantitative data, research techniques for primary data collection, research opportunities with secondary data, and qualitative research methods.
955 Health Strategy (2). The purpose of this class is to enhance participants' behavioral complexity as leaders. Examines several major approaches to organizational strategy. Topics include diversification, transaction cost economics, agency theory, the resource-based view of the firm, and processes of strategic decision making.
956 Fundamentals of Research Analysis (3). This course will provide students with "hands-on" experience in qualitative, quantitative, and policy analytical techniques.
957 Leading Sustainable Change: Operating Beyond the Board Room (2). The course will help students understand and master what successful top organizational leaders must do to create change, both within and outside their organizations.
958 Financial Leadership in the Era of SarbanesOxley (3). Dr.P.H. students only. Understand the major concepts of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and be able to apply them to their own organizations whether public or nonpublic, for profit or not-for-profit.
959 Strategic Management in Health Leadership (2). The purpose of this class is to enhance participants' competence in leading within complex and dynamic systems.
961I Aging and Public Policy (DENT 607I, FMME 607I, HMSC 951I, MEDI 607I, NURS 783I, PHCY 607I, PSYC 907I, SOWO 607I) (3). See SOWO 607I for description.
962 Marketing and Public Relations for Health Leaders (2). This course is one of a series of leadership courses in the executive Dr.P.H. Its main purpose is to help students understand public health from the perspective of external audiences.
963 Program Evaluation for Health Leaders (2). This course is one of a series of research courses in the executive Dr.P.H. Its main purpose is to help students understand the purposes of evaluation.
992 Master's (Non-Thesis) (3).
994 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (3).