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Health Management & Policy
Why choose the University of Michigan for your graduate education?
The simple answer to this important question is: The Michigan Advantage.
Excellence in Research and Teaching
Our faculty are nationally recognized for their cutting-edge, policy-relevant research on the major issues affecting health management and policy. Whether it’s developing payment systems for long-term care, designing new health insurance products, examining and improving the value of public health services, or designing more effective health systems in both the U.S. and abroad, you will find our faculty at the forefront of exciting research that is used by policymakers and practitioners.
Excellence in Theory and Practice
For many years, HMP has set the standard in the field for innovation in graduate health management and policy education. To prepare students to be successful professionals and leaders in the field, our curriculum combines theory and practice. The essence of our curriculum is its focus on both theoretical foundations and the skills/competencies needed to meet the demands of a rapidly-changing field.
Integration of Management and Policy
All Masters degree students in the Department of Health Management and Policy receive training in both health management and health policy. Successful leaders in the field will attest to the fact that one cannot be successful as a health care executive without a savvy understanding of legislative, regulatory and organizational policy realms and of health politics. In turn, one cannot achieve success as a policy analyst, policy advisor or organizational advocate without developing the skills needed to manage financial, human and other resources and to lead organizations. Our core curriculum emphasizes the synergies between health management and health policy, and requires that all students develop the analytical, communication and leadership skills to be successful in this broad field.
Focus on Leadership
We prepare all students for career success and leadership, and expect that our graduates will become the leaders of the various health fields they enter. We emphasize leadership and professional development in the core curriculum, in student organizations and extracurricular activities, and through the Griffith Leadership Center. This has been our aspiration and our tradition for several decades. The outstanding achievements of our alumni demonstrate that the tradition remains as strong and vibrant as ever.
Establishing Long-Term Relationships
Beyond providing students with the highest-quality educational experience available, we take great pride in maintaining a student-friendly environment that encourages long-term relationships. We are investing in your career, not just in your graduate education. Students are represented on all governing committees and provide feedback on all courses and department activities at the end of each academic year. In addition, student cohorts are supportive and collegial, with life-long friendships and professional relationships emerging from the time together in the program.