Introduction to the Health Concentration

October is Health month for the MPPSA blog! Throughout the month we will highlight the Health concentration, sharing exciting news from current students, professors, and alumni.

Many flock to the Heller School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) program for the Health concentration and the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy. The Health Policy concentration’s mission is to mold “students to become international leaders in the changing global landscape and infrastructure of health care.” As this industry continues to grow, there is a universal demand for health policy analysts to tackle the various problems that arise and make continuous improvements to the system; the Heller school aptly prepares its students to fill that role by teaching us how to engage with, analyze, and evaluate the numerous health programs and policies in the U.S. from past and present.

Health concentrators’ interests vary widely across the field, but some are:
Advancing processes and transitions of care.
Reducing disparities.
Bringing about quality and value services.
Reforming the healthcare payment system.
Lessening misdiagnoses and medical errors.

Typically, first year MPP students concentrating in Health take concentration chair Professor Stuart Altman’s Issues in National Health Policy class. Professor Altman provides a great stepping stone for those entering the concentration, giving a good framework on the field from which you are able to build your career on at Heller. Many concentrators specifically choose to pursue their graduate work at Heller so they may study under Professor Altman.

Classes frequently offered in the Health concentration:
Issues in National Health Policy – Professor Stuart Altman
Management of Health Care Organizations – Professor Jon Chilingerian
Quality and Performance Measurement in Health Care – Professor Deborah Garnick
State Health Policy – Mr. Brian Rosman

The Schneider Institutes for Health Policy is one of the first academically based healthcare research centers to be established in the U.S. The three institutes that comprise Schneider are: The Institute for Behavioral Health (IBH), The Institute on Healthcare Systems (IHS), and The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD). Looking specifically at their relationships with one another, IBH studies the intersection of health, behavior, and systems of care, believing that these roles are able to increasingly advocate for healthier lifestyles and lead to improved health outcomes. Many renowned health policy analysts work with IHS, creating great change within healthcare research and policy; they are committed to producing meticulous, technical results for both policymakers and stakeholders alike in order to better promote quality, value, as well as efficiency in healthcare. The most recent establishment, IGHD has been built from a partnership with programs from the Sustainable International Development department at Heller. IGHD targets “actionable learning” and those interested in international health and development.

Thank you to all who are reading this and we hope you enjoy October’s Health month! Stay tuned!

Meagan Smith
MPP Candidate, Class of 2017
Concentrations: Health and Aging


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