In the Department of Health Management & Policy, we aim to improve the health of individuals and populations and reduce health inequities through a focus on institutions, systems, and policies that affect health. Our public health research and teaching examines the roles and impacts of health care providers and governmental public health agencies, the dynamic interface between them, and their engagements with partner organizations at national, state, and local levels. This includes a commitment to addressing racism as a force that underlies health inequities and the importance of antiracist strategies to reduce inequities.
We ground students in management and policy principles that apply to health care delivery and public health practice. This includes the ways that government policies affect the health of communities and the application of management and policy-making skills. Our faculty is driven by a shared commitment to social justice and brings a mix of career experience in health care, government, community-based programs, and advocacy. Our faculty includes people with backgrounds in health services research, economics, policy analysis, medicine, law, epidemiology, sociology, finance, administration, and community health. Taken together, this gives a scientifically rigorous, real-world perspective to our teaching, research, and community service. We enjoy collaborations in research and teaching with colleagues across the Dornsife School of Public Health and Drexel University, as well as with partners in the health care and public health communities in Philadelphia and beyond. In addition, the HMP Department is home to the Center for Population Health and Community Impact, the Center for Public Health Practice, the Center for Hunger Free Communities, and the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice.
This is a critical time to pursue public health training. The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to deep-seated health inequities and to the strengths and limits of our nation’s health care and public health systems. More than ever, we need people with the determination and skills to tackle these complex problems, and our Department is committed to preparing students to meet this challenge. Whether you envision a career in health care, public health, or a field that might seem unrelated but affects health, training in health management and policy will provide a foundation for opportunities to make a difference.
James W. Buehler, MD
Clinical Professor and Interim Chair
Health Management and Policy