The Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) has a rich history of educating individuals for careers in health policy and management since its inception in 1950. Our strengths include the areas of health system governance and management, long-term care, and pharmaceutical economics.

We prepare students in our MPH (and JD/MPH) programs to develop and advocate for public policies, create policy regulation, and work in governmental and public health sectors. Our MHA (and MHA-MBA) graduates are trained to fill professional managerial positions in health care systems, hospitals, health insurance, and other organizations. As successful health care system executives these graduates provide leadership and are skilled in the management, financing and delivery of services, technological innovations, health policy and regulatory requirements, and public health and disease prevention strategies.

Students in our research-focused MS and PHD programs develop the rigorous analytical and quantitative skills needed for careers in top academic settings, government, and industry.

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Braund named 2019 alumni fellow by PSU

The Penn State Alumni Associa...
Braund named 2019 alumni fellow by PSU

The Penn State Alumni Association will confer its most prestigious award on HPM's Wendy Braund. Since 1973, the Alumni Fellow Award has been given to leaders in their professional fields who are invited by the PSU president to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and ad... (10/15/2019)

Inpatient opioids influence at-home use, Donohue reports

MEDPAGE TODAY - Patients give...
Inpatient opioids influence at-home use, Donohue reports

MEDPAGE TODAY - Patients given opioids during their hospital stay were more likely to continue using them post-discharge. Compared with patients who were not prescribed opioids, those who did get a prescription were also twice as likely to continue using them in outpatient settings three months out... (06/24/2019)

Gellad talks to Vox about House Democrats' internal feud over prescription drug prices

VOX - The U.S. has some of th...
Gellad talks to Vox about House Democrats' internal feud over prescription drug prices

VOX - The U.S. has some of the highest prescription drug prices in the world, and this summer, Democratic House leadership will unveil a plan to fix that - though questions remain about just how effective this measure will be. "The discussion should be around trying this with a limited amount of dr... (06/24/2019)

Braund wins Volunteer of the Year Award from American College of Preventative Medicine

Congratulations to HPM's Wend...
Braund wins Volunteer of the Year Award from American College of Preventative Medicine

Congratulations to HPM's Wendy Braund for receiving the inaugural award, selected by and presented by ACPM CEO Donna Grande at the Prevention 2019 Conference in Pittsburgh on May 20, 2019. Braund has a long history of service to ACPM. Currently, she is secretary of the ACPM Board of Regents and cha... (06/13/2019)

Roberts comments on research that says fewer psychiatrists take Medicaid patients even as the program has expanded

REUTERS - "The key message he...
Roberts comments on research that says fewer psychiatrists take Medicaid patients even as the program has expanded

REUTERS - "The key message here is that expansion doesn't necessarily mean better access," said HPM's Eric Roberts. That's unfortunate since "Medicaid disproportionately insures people with serious mental illness," said Roberts. "This should be a point of concern for policy makers." (06/10/2019)