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New Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy

The Department of Health Policy and Management is pleased to announce the recent approval of a Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy. The program will be in place for the start of the fall 2014 term. Graduates from this program will be prepared to apply research design and quantitative methods to address problems in health service delivery and policy and/or to begin doctoral study.  

Julie Donohue Awarded the 2014 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence

Our congratulations go out to Julie Donohue, Associate Professor in HPM who was awarded the 2014 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence. The James L. Craig Endowed Excellence in Education award was established through the generosity of a distinguished Pitt Public Health alumnus to recognize teaching excellence in the school. 

ACHE Chicago Reception

About 25 HPM alumni, students, and friends gathered for the annual ACHE reception in Chicago on Tuesday, March 25. HPM department chair Dr. Mark Roberts provided an update on the program. Outgoing HPM Alumni Association President Mike Blackwood and incoming president Mike Evans gave remarks. Mr. Evans also spoke about the newly created Donna Lee Schultz Memorial Fund and presented a $1,000 donation. Established to honor the late Donna Schultz wh... 

Students Win Third Place in Case Competition

The Health Policy and Management team that entered the University of Alabama Administrative Case competition this year came back with a 3rd place overall! This premier MHA competition draws teams from all over the country, and this is the highest we have ever placed.   

Pitt Public Health Professor Receives National Faculty Award

Margaret Potter, J.D., M.S., professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, yesterday was awarded a 2013 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)/Pfizer Faculty Award at the ASPPH Annual Meeting.  

Congratulations Karalyn Smith!

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that Karalyn Smith (MHA anticipated April 2014) has accepted an offer to be a Strategy and Operations Consultant in the Health Care and Life Sciences Practice of Deloitte Consulting, LLC.  

Congratulations Nick Malenka!

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that recent MHA graduate Nick Malenka will be a Project Consultant for the Revenue Cycle Team at The Advisory Board Company. 

Norman F. Mitry appointed HPM Executive-In-Residence

Norm Mitry brings 35+ years of experience to Heritage Valley Health System with a unique blend of responsibilities in healthcare, industry and private business. 

Congratulations Dovile Usaite!

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that recent MHA graduate Dovile Usaite is now the Manager of New Market Development for Gateway Health Plan. 

Congratulations Kathleen Slavish!

Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that recent MPH graduate Kathleen Slavish has started the position of Project Coordinator, Sr. in the Chief Medical and Scientific Office at UPMC. 

Congratulations Laura Griffin!

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that Laura Griffin (MHA April 2013) became the Nursing Finance and Operations Analyst at West Penn Hospital. 

Dr. Yuting Zhang Invited to Present at the Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China

Dr. Zhang will visit Huazhong University of Science and Technology between June 20 and June 28 in Wuhan China. She will present her research work to faculty members and students at Huazhong University and will discuss collaborations with faculty members in the School of Medicine and Health Management at Tongji Medical College. 

Congratulations Pragna Prahalad!

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that Pragna Prahalad (MHA anticipated April 3013; pkp11@pitt.edu) will be a Financial Analyst through the UPMC Financial Management Rotation Program. 

Organ Donors Matter Campaign

The Department of Health Policy and Management, in collaboration with the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), will have major presence at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo on May 3, 2013-May 5, 2013 with their Organ Donors Matter Campaign. 

Elizabeth Bjerke presentations

April 10, 2013 Wait! The Public Health System Looks Like That? Public Health System & Systems Research Keeneland Conference Lexington, Kentucky March 12, 2013 Real Tools for Emergency Preparedness NACCHO Preparedness Summit Atlanta, Georgia 

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