Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy And Management DrPH
Annette Choolfaian, R.N., M.P.A.
Director, DrPH Studies in Health Policy and Management:
Deborah Viola, PhD
The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Health Policy and Management prepares professionals with the knowledge and skills to assume local, state and national leadership positions in public health practice within the public and private sectors. The focus of the program is on understanding the socioeconomic determinants of health; these include the allocation and distribution of public and private investments in human capital, physical and social infrastructures and health care. The program emphasizes the dynamic changes currently underway in the financing, organization and access to health care services, their relationship to health and economic policies and their potential impact on improving population health.
The DrPH is designed for the mid-career professional and practitioner of public health in traditional health departments, managed care organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, consulting firms, international agencies, state and federal agencies as well as others. This program targets individuals who will influence policy formation and public health management. It specifically develops an individual’s analytical skills for policy formation, program management and evaluation. New students are admitted for fall semesters only.
A graduate of the DrPH degree program in Health Policy and Management is expected to achieve the following doctoral core (DC) competencies:
DC1 - Determine and interpret appropriate analytical tests for both quantitative and qualitative data including written and oral presentations based on these analyses.
DC2 - Integrate environmental health considerations into the practice and analysis of public health issues.
DC3 - Understand and apply the epidemiologic analysis of disease determinants and distributions to the development, implementation and review of public health policy.
DC4 - Demonstrate the ability to integrate ethical, economic and political considerations in developing public health policies to improve the health status of populations.
DC5 - Understand the importance of behavioral and social factors in the development of public health interventions; the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems; and be able to assess these factors within communities taking into account the local stakeholders and their interests.
DC6 - Develop appropriate research questions and hypotheses, research designs and analytic approaches to conduct applied health services and policy research.
A graduate of the DrPH degree program in Health Policy and Management is expected to achieve the following doctoral program-specific competencies:
HPM DP1 - Demonstrate knowledge of the development, organization, financing and delivery of health care services in the United States and their public health impact.
- Identify, monitor and evaluate emerging trends in the organization, financing and delivery of healthcare services.
- Obtain, synthesize, and critically evaluate scholarly literature and other sources of evidence-based data including research presentations, working papers and government documents.
HPM DP2 - Recognize the linkages between health and economic policies and their potential roles in mitigating health and healthcare disparities.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, cultural and economic factors influencing the development of, and changes in, public health policies and programs
- Identify the intended and unintended consequences of health and economic policies on population health, health care disparities and the allocation of resources
- Apply health economics and financing theory and analytical strategies to health policy research.
HPM DP3 - Understand and apply legal and ethical principles and values to the conduct of healthcare research and the delivery of healthcare services.
- Develop familiarity with federal and state health laws and their historical context
- Apply a legal framework to policy analyses
- Apply the principles of clinical and research ethics that encompass notions of patient autonomy and privacy, beneficence of healthcare providers, individual values and concerns for social justice.
HPM DP4 - Develop appropriate research questions and hypotheses, research designs and analytic approaches to conduct health services and policy research.
- Identify and apply theoretical knowledge and conceptual models
- Select appropriate research designs and methodologies including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods
- Integrate and apply interdisciplinary theories and research findings to improve quality and access to health care and enhance population health.
HPM DP5 - Demonstrate leadership in the design, implementation and evaluation of public health interventions and policies.
- Strategically plan, implement and evaluate health programs and policies
- Apply negotiation, advocacy and additional skills to public policy-making and program development
- Demonstrate principles of effective leadership to create a shared vision within a public health organization and foster partnerships that maximize achievement of public health goals.
HPM DP6 - Communicate and disseminate research findings and policy initiatives through formal and informal writing and public presentations.
- Interpret and explain the results of research to various audiences including academics, policymakers, healthcare professionals, the public, the press and via the internet
- Write articles for submission to scholarly journals and the popular press.