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, Medicare and Medicaid policy, pharmaceutical policy, mathematical modeling and simulation, and health 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) are prepared to fill key leadership positions in health care systems, hospitals, health insurance firms, consulting firms, physician groups, long-term care, and many other health-related 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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Telemedicine is booming — but Roberts says many still face huge barriers to virtual care

STAT - “The temporary reform ...
Telemedicine is booming — but Roberts says many still face huge barriers to virtual care

STAT - “The temporary reform due to Covid allowed telemedicine visits from a patient’s home, but it presumed that patients had access to the technology to engage in those visits,” said HPM’s Eric Roberts, paper co-author. “We’re showing that there’s a substantial number of Medicare beneficiaries wh... (08/05/2020)

How to organize science in an emergency? Gellad has slammed U.S. leadership.

SLATE – Since January, resear...
How to organize science in an emergency? Gellad has slammed U.S. leadership.

SLATE – Since January, researchers hoping to fight COVID-19 have designed a stunning 1,200 clinical trials, but the effort has been marked by disorder and disorganization, with huge financial resources wasted. Applying history lessons to today, HPM’s Walid Gellad, director of the Center for Pharmac... (08/04/2020)

Angus says “Covid vaccine shortages are very likely. Without a plan, it will be a feeding frenzy.”

THE TELEGRAPH - Derek Angus (...
Angus says “Covid vaccine shortages are very likely. Without a plan, it will be a feeding frenzy.”

THE TELEGRAPH - Derek Angus (BCHS '92), chair of critical care medicine and HPM distinguished professor, says hard conversations about who should be prioritized will be needed both within and between countries. It might be decided that frontline workers should be at the head of the queue, but you c... (08/03/2020)

Study Asserts School Closures in the Spring Saved Lives, but Donohue has questions

NEW YORK TIMES - “We really c...
Study Asserts School Closures in the Spring Saved Lives, but Donohue has questions

NEW YORK TIMES - “We really can’t isolate the impact of school closures from other interventions,” said HPM’s Julie Donohue. “I do worry that these large estimates of the effect of school closures will lead people to give up because it is going to be challenging to open schools. I do worry that som... (07/29/2020)

‘Desperation science’ slows the hunt for coronavirus drugs, but Angus is speeding it up

AP NEWS - HPM’s Derek Angus, ...
‘Desperation science’ slows the hunt for coronavirus drugs, but Angus is speeding it up

AP NEWS - HPM’s Derek Angus, UPMC’s critical care chief, is using an innovative study using artificial intelligence to help pick treatments. Forty regional hospitals joined more from the United Kingdom to randomly assign patients to one of dozens of possible treatments, adapting treatments based on... (07/08/2020)