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Pitt Study Finds Telephone Treatment of Depression After Cardiac Bypass Surgery Improves Outcomes, Saves Money

Screening for depression and then providing a telephone-delivered, nurse-led “collaborative care” intervention following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery not only improves health-related quality of life, physical functioning and mood symptoms, but also lowers medical costs and is highly cost-effective compared to doctors’ usual care, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  

Lowering Toxicity of New HIV Drugs Predicted to Improve Life Expectancy

While bringing new drugs to market is important for increasing life expectancy in younger people with HIV, lowering the toxicity of those drugs may have an even greater health impact on all HIV patients, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis reveals. 

Simple Change to Medicare Part D Would Yield $5 Billion in Savings, Pitt Public Health Finds

The federal government could save over $5 billion in the first year by changing the way the government assigns Part D plans for Medicare beneficiaries eligible for low-income subsidies, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 

HPM Receives Full Re-accreditation

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to share the great news that the MHA Program has received full reaccreditation for seven years (the highest level) from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.  

Ott Receives Dean's Special Achievement Award for Service to the Profession

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On May 17, 2014, Susan Ott (HPM ’76) was honored with the Dean's Special Achievement Award for Service to the Profession at the annual Pitt Public Health  Alumni Awards dinner.  

New Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy

The Department of Health Policy and Management is pleased to announce the recent approval of a Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy. The program will be in place for the start of the fall 2014 term. Graduates from this program will be prepared to apply research design and quantitative methods to address problems in health service delivery and policy and/or to begin doctoral study.  

Julie Donohue Awarded the 2014 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence

Our congratulations go out to Julie Donohue, Associate Professor in HPM who was awarded the 2014 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence. The James L. Craig Endowed Excellence in Education award was established through the generosity of a distinguished Pitt Public Health alumnus to recognize teaching excellence in the school. 

ACHE Chicago Reception

About 25 HPM alumni, students, and friends gathered for the annual ACHE reception in Chicago on Tuesday, March 25. HPM department chair Dr. Mark Roberts provided an update on the program. Outgoing HPM Alumni Association President Mike Blackwood and incoming president Mike Evans gave remarks. Mr. Evans also spoke about the newly created Donna Lee Schultz Memorial Fund and presented a $1,000 donation. Established to honor the late Donna Schultz wh... 

Students Win Third Place in Case Competition

The Health Policy and Management team that entered the University of Alabama Administrative Case competition this year came back with a 3rd place overall! This premier MHA competition draws teams from all over the country, and this is the highest we have ever placed.   

Pitt Public Health Professor Receives National Faculty Award

Margaret Potter, J.D., M.S., professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, yesterday was awarded a 2013 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)/Pfizer Faculty Award at the ASPPH Annual Meeting.    

Congratulations Karalyn Smith!

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that Karalyn Smith (MHA anticipated April 2014) has accepted an offer to be a Strategy and Operations Consultant in the Health Care and Life Sciences Practice of Deloitte Consulting, LLC.  

Congratulations Nick Malenka!

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that recent MHA graduate Nick Malenka will be a Project Consultant for the Revenue Cycle Team at The Advisory Board Company. 

Norman F. Mitry appointed HPM Executive-In-Residence

Norm Mitry brings 35+ years of experience to Heritage Valley Health System with a unique blend of responsibilities in healthcare, industry and private business. 

Congratulations Dovile Usaite!

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that recent MHA graduate Dovile Usaite is now the Manager of New Market Development for Gateway Health Plan. 

Congratulations Kathleen Slavish!

Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that recent MPH graduate Kathleen Slavish has started the position of Project Coordinator, Sr. in the Chief Medical and Scientific Office at UPMC. 

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