Over the past 10 years, the Department of Health Policy and Management has made a considerable investment in expanding the number of management residency and practicum sites for our students that address their needs and preferences across the health care services and public health sectors. The matching process has become increasingly competitive as our enrollment has increased and the expectations of both the students and host institutions have risen accordingly. In fact, we typically have more placement sites available than we can fill with current students. The development of an extended management residency to provide select students with longer exposure to their placement sites provides an additional enhancement to our field placement program.
The following list of placement organizations reflects the array of opportunities currently available:
In addition to excellent academic preparation, students participate in a robust program of practical experiences coordinated by the HPM Director of External Relations. Following are brief descriptions of the professional advisory team, designated mentorship, residencies and the Executive In Residence.
The professional advisory team (in addition to the student’s academic advisor) is a virtual team that can assist in providing professional advice. The team for each student consists of the Mentor (designated by HPM), Residency Preceptor, Executive-in-Residence, Director of External Relations and additional mentors that the student acquires.
The purpose of the mentorship is to designate a healthcare executive as a mentor who is available, at the student's initiation, to discuss career development and professional matters. The designated mentor is the first member of the Professional Advisory Team that HPM constitutes for each student.
The Executive In Residence (EIR) enhances students’ contact with and knowledge about the world of practice. The EIR, a current healthcare executive, meets with all students a couple times each semester and meets individually with students as requested regarding career development, professionalism and leadership.