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Health Management and Policy Department

The Department of Health Management and Policy prepares the next generation of public health practitioners and leaders to take on management and policy roles that will improve population health and health care delivery at the local and national levels.

Students are prepared to plan, implement, evaluate and operate effective, community-responsive programs, and organizations that can bring about positive change. Recognizing that almost all policy impacts health, faculty train students to develop skills in management, organization, finance, advocacy, political action, research, and public policy analysis.

  • Coursework and practicum experiences prepare students to understand unique urban health policy challenges and develop community responsive programs at the local and national level.

  • Our faculty conduct groundbreaking research in a wide range of areas, including those of our major research centers and programs: the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, Center for Population Health and Community Impact, Center for Public Health Practice, and Center for Hunger-Free Communities.

  • Our graduates enjoy careers that allow them to inform policy and make a difference through important initiatives, whether they choose to work in government, the corporate world, academia, or community-based organizations.

What Is Health Management and Policy?

Health Management and Policy explores the relationship between health care systems and public health and how their integration and mutual dependence shape the health of populations.

Core areas of study in health management and health policy include:

  • Health care organization and systems
  • Research and evaluation
  • Health economics and finance
  • Leadership and strategic management

Together the tools of management and policymaking can make positive change by advancing population health, improving healthcare delivery, and reducing health disparities at the local, state, and national levels.

To learn more about our public health policy and management degrees, request more information to speak with a member of our admissions team today or visit the links below for a full list of available opportunities.

Health Management and Policy Degrees and Courses

Health Management and Policy Master's and Doctoral Programs

Health Management and Policy Graduate Minors

View all Health Management and Policy Graduate Courses in the Drexel Catalog.

Health Management and Policy Graduate Certificates

Undergraduate Health Management and Policy Minors


Featured Research in Health Management and Policy

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Ending Structural Racism in the U.S. Health Care System to Eliminate Health Care Inequities

Alex Ortega, PhD, professor in the department of Health Management and Policy, and Dylan Roby, PhD, associate professor in the department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, co-wrote an editorial piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that explores the long-standing history of race-based disparities in the U.S. healthcare system and how the COVID pandemic exacerbated inequities.

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Impacting Quality Improvement at Philly's Top-Ranked Children's Hospital

An MPH student contributes to projects that improve patient safety and healthcare quality at CHOP.

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