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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Jun 22, 2024
 
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Department of Health Policy and Management


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The Department of Health Policy and Management prepares individuals to assume roles of leadership, policy development, and management within the health care system and public health. Its educational programs are grounded in the faculty’s contributions in advancing the state of knowledge and professional practice in institutional and system health care management and the development, advocacy, analysis, and implementation of health policy. The HPM Faculty are engaged in interdisciplinary research addressing a range of problems relevant to public policy, organization, and management as applied to health care organizations and systems and in various professional and community service activities.

Contact Information

In order to obtain further information or to inquire about making application, admission, or registration about the Department of Health Policy and Management and its programs, please contact:

MHA and MHA/MBA

Kevin Broom, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Vice Chair for Education
Director, MHA and MHA/MBA Programs
Department of Health Policy & Management
School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
A626 Public Health, 130 DeSoto Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-624-0898
E-mail: kevinbroom@pitt.edu

MPH and JD/MPH

Cindy Bryce, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Associate Dean for Enrollment, Office of the Dean
Director, MPH and JD/MPH programs
Department of Health Policy & Management
School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
A612 Public Health, 130 DeSoto Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-383-7279
E-mail: bryce99@pitt.edu

MS and PhD

Lindsay Sabik, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Vice Chair for Research
Director MS & PhD Programs
School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
A613 Public Health, 130 DeSoto Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-624-0273
E-mail: lsabik@pitt.edu

Student Services

All Programs

Jessica Dornin, MSL
Recruitment and Academic Affairs Administrator
Department of Health Policy & Management
School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
A631 Public Health, 130 DeSoto Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-624-3625
E-mail: jld115@pitt.edu

The leadership of the Department of Health Policy and Management includes Julie M. Donohue, PhD, Chair, and Tina Micale, Departmental Administrator.

Admission Requirements

Masters Degree Programs: The School of Public Health requires that students apply online for all degree programs. Requirements for admission include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; GRE scores are not a required component for the MS, MHA and MPH applications. (For those students who feel that their past academic performance and/or prior work history do not adequately represent their skill set (or strength of their application), the GRE may be submitted for additional consideration.  A strong test score can help offset the lack of industry experience and/or previous academic success); and successful completion of: three postsecondary (college/university)-level semester credits in biology; three post-secondary (college or university) level semester credits in mathematics (algebra or higher); and 6 post-secondary (college/university) level semester credits in social and behavioral sciences, preferably including one course in economics.

In addition, the Admissions Committee cites the following as important factors in the admissions decision: undergraduate performance, GRE scores (optional), letters of recommendation, relevant work (or volunteer) experience, and good interpersonal and communication skills. Most applicants are interviewed as part of the application review process. Students enroll in August of each year. Although a rolling admissions process is in place, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and prior to the end of May. International University of Pittsburgh students should apply by February 1.

Doctoral Degree Program: Applicants to the PhD Program in Health Services Research and Policy must hold a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least 3.3 desirable; college level coursework in calculus with a grade of 3.0 or better is a prerequisite; GRE scores are not a required component for the PhD application. Applicants who feel that their past academic performance and/or prior work history do not adequately represent their skill set may submit GRE scores for consideration; Applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Students must score a minimum of 213 on the computerized TOEFL (or 550 on the paper-based version). The minimum score for the IELTS is 65.

In addition, applicants must demonstrate in their personal statement that they have a clear understanding of how the program of study will benefit them in achieving their career goals. Three letters of recommendation are required from individuals who are in a position to judge the applicant’s professional and or academic abilities. At least one recommendation should be from an individual who can comment on the applicant’s academic qualifications (e.g., former instructor or advisor).

Certificate Program in Health Care Systems Engineering: Applicants to this program must be admitted to or enrolled in the MHA program, the HPM-MPH program, or the MS program in industrial engineering.

Certificate Program in Health Systems Leadership and Management: All Certificate applicants, except those already enrolled in GSPH, need to apply through SOPHAS. In addition, the Certificate applicant will submit a brief statement addressing: interest in health systems leadership and management; previous experience; areas of interest; and the relation of the Certificate to career goals.

The admission requirements for applicants are based on completion of at least an advanced health care provider degree (e.g. MD, RN, PharmD, PT, OT) or appropriate job experience.

Financial Assistance

The Department of Health Policy and Management has limited scholarship funds and these funds are allocated separate from admission decisions. The scholarship funds are mainly awarded to incoming high caliber students on an annual basis. Graduate student assistantships are periodically available on a competitive basis.

Department Website: https://www.sph.pitt.edu/hpm

Programs

    CertificateDoctoralJoint DegreeMaster’s

    Courses

      Health Policy and Management

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