Health Management and Policy

Courses

HMP 500 Health Management and Policy I 3.0 Credits

This 3-credit course is part 1 of a two-part introduction to the theory and practice of management and policy (HMP) in public health and health care. Its companion course is HMP 501. These courses provide all HMP students with a broad-based understanding of the public health and health care systems in the U.S., including their relationship and interactions. They explore the longstanding historical relationship of both systems, and how they are now evolving in concert to improve population health and reduce disparities in health status. Although offered in consecutive quarters, these two courses are a cohesive unit of study, spanning 20-weeks of instruction.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 501 Health Management and Policy II 3.0 Credits

This 3.0 credit course is part 2 of a two-part introduction to the theory and practice of management and policy (HMP) in public health and health care. Its companion course is HMP 500. These courses provide all HMP students with a broad-based understanding of the public health and health care systems in the US, including their relationship and interactions. They explore the longstanding historical relationship of both systems, and how they are now evolving in concert to improve population health and reduce disparities in health status. Although offered in consecutive quarters, these two courses are a cohesive unit of study, spanning 20-weeks of instruction.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HMP 500 [Min Grade: B]

HMP 510 Evolution of United States Health Policy 3.0 Credits

This is a reading intensive seminar in the evolution of the US health system and history of 20th century US health policy: how it adapted to internal and external forces with an emphasis on the cyclic interest - and disinterest - in universal health care coverage.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 511 Legal Aspects of Public Health 3.0 Credits

This course covers legal and policy issues in the implementation of public health programs. It emphasizes underlying themes that frame these efforts.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 512 The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management 3.0 Credits

The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management is a course designed for non-financial health care managers. Using the case study approach, it offers an introduction to the most-used tools and techniques of health care financial management. There is a particular focus on fundamental.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 513 Healthcare Planning Principles and Practice 3.0 Credits

This course provides students with a practical guide to the concepts and practice of planning as a core function of public health and health care management. Planning is the process of identifying an organization's desired goals and creating realistic, detailed plans of action to use organizational resources to meet those goals. As a core management function, planning has multiple organizational dimensions. These include formal processes like long-term strategic planning and business planning, and short(er) term project and operational planning. In each case, the basic steps in the planning process involve creating a road map that outlines the tasks that the organization must accomplish to meet its goals. This course addresses planning as an organizational management function in these several dimensions.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 514 Policy Analysis for Population Health 3.0 Credits

This course prepares students to conduct policy research to improve the health of populations. The content of this course is divided into two sections: one focused on policy process research and one focused on policy outcomes research. Policy process research is focused on generating knowledge about the contemporary, "real world" contexts in which health policy decisions are made. The purpose is to understand the sociopolitical complexities surrounding a policy issue so advocates can more effectively communicate research evidence and advance policy changes that improve population health. Policy outcomes research is focused on generating knowledge about the impacts that policies produce. The purpose is to determine the outcomes that are directly attributable to a specific policy, not other factors.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 515 Health Organizational Leadership 3.0 Credits

This course will focus attention on leadership within the health industry from three perspectives: self, team and organization. Course content will include understanding our individual leadership styles, common elements of effective teams, and organizational dynamics. Students will learn core concepts of high performance among teams and organizations through case studies, readings, class exercises, journaling, and guest speakers that center around the health and health care environment. Students will learn methods and techniques to help them become more effective leaders of healthcare organizations.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 516 Health Care Organizations and Management 3.0 Credits

This course provides an introduction and overview to leadership, management, and organizational behavior in health care, reflecting the uniqueness of this sector. The course integrates theory with practice through readings, lectures, written assignments, and guest presentations from different organizational perspectives.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 550 Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic 3.0 Credits

This course explores racial and ethnic disparities in health status and access to health care, while examining interventions to eliminate them. Students learn to define and describe racial, ethnic and gender-related disparities, discuss underlying mechanisms, think critically about existing research on health disparities and develop proposals for reducing them.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 551 Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Justice 3.0 Credits

Courses will cover direct and indirect links between public health policies, political circumstances, social and economic conditions and effects on health of individuals and populations using the human rights framework.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 552 Perspectives on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class 3.0 Credits

This course will explore the history of concepts of gender, race, ethnicity and social class and probe the biology, sociology and constructed meanings of these deeply situated ideas.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 554 Issues in United States Health Policy 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to a selected set of health policy issues facing the US today, and that will challenge the nation in the foreseeable future. Emphasis is placed on effective problem definition and the identification of politically feasible solutions to the policy issues being studied.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 555 Violence, Trauma and Adversity in Public Health 3.0 Credits

This course will provide an introductory focus on the public health policy and practice aspects of trauma, violence and adversity. The course will explore the history, epidemiology and psychobiology of trauma and adversity, look at exposure to adversity across the lifespan, and examine the impact of emerging knowledge on individuals, communities and systems. Students will have opportunities to examine trauma-informed approaches being applied to individuals, communities and systems and will analyze the policy and practice implications of these models as well as the translation from research to practice.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 556 Public Health Leadership 3.0 Credits

Effective leadership is essential to the success of public health organizations charges with promoting, protecting, and improving community health. The course will explore the ways in which today's fields of public health and health care challenges leaders. Students can benefit from assessment of their individual leadership qualities and public health related case studies utilized by this course.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 600 Public Health Advocacy and Activism 3.0 Credits

Advocacy and activism play a critical role in translating public health findings into policy, practice, and supportive public opinion. This course will address specific advocacy skills including, but not limited to framing projects, planning advocacy campaigns, identifying partners, developing skills in traditional and new media, understanding the role of lawyers and the legal system, legislative advocacy and lobbying, and understanding grassroots/community organizing.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 601 Seminar in Fire Arms and Public Health 3.0 Credits

The seminar will focus on firearms and their impact on the public's health. Using recent events of mass firearm violence and urban violence, the seminar will seek to put into perspective the evolving policy discussion about the role of firearms in affecting the health of a range of populations through homicide, intentional injury, domestic violence, suicide, as well as general issues of population safety.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 602 The Politics of Food & Gender 3.0 Credits

This course will examine the global food crisis and community nutrition in context of maternal and child health. Using current events and news stories, students will be introduced to the complex and diverse nature of the politics of food and agriculture, and how these dynamics manifest in the health and well-being of young children and their families.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 603 Health Systems Policy Analysis 3.0 Credits

This course examines alternative approaches to structuring a nation's health system and reforming existing systems. Development of an analytic framework to explore health systems of different nations and performance evaluation of those systems.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 650 Management of Healthcare Outcomes 3.0 Credits

This course addresses the management of healthcare outcomes from several perspectives: patient, patient care and health systems. It explores how absolute clinical outcomes are impacted by intermediate outcomes in healthcare delivery and how these are evaluated from an economic outcomes perspective. It also addresses disparities observed in achieving health outcomes.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 651 Managing a Public Health Agency 3.0 Credits

Managing a Public Health Agency is a course designed to expose students to the practice of public health at the local level. The course focuses on the application of public health management and policy into public health practice. Through a series of modules and drawing upon the experience and expertise of colleagues at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Regional County Health Departments and other Federally Qualified Health Centers FQHCs), this course explores both policy and management issues in practicing public health.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 652 Change Management in Public Health 3.0 Credits

This course prepares students for management responsibilities in delivering new health services. The course focuses on developing strategies to adopt innovative services and management technique.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 653 Fundamentals of Disaster Management 3.0 Credits

This course provides an understanding of a broad range of disaster management issues and the strategies used to help a community prepare for such events.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 654 Public Health Funding & Program Development 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to the principles and procedures for writing grant proposals to fund non-profit organizations. Students identify a need, gap, or problem that is addressed by a non-profit organization and work from the vantage point of that organization. The course is organized around the effort to identify a need, develop an intervention, and write a grant proposal for the organization.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 655 Coordinating a Population's Care 3.0 Credits

This course examines the evolving concepts and population health in the current area of healthcare reform. Recent debate over healthcare expenditures has highlighted that chronic and preventable conditions account for the majority of healthcare costs. Our traditional healthcare system, however, is not positioned well to combat rising healthcare costs. Care coordination and population health are receiving attention as key strategies and concepts that are critical for the transition from a reactive dysfunctional system that provides expensive, fragmented sick care to a more organized, focused system that can deliver proactive, coordinated, preventive and wellness care as well as acute and chronic care management.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 656 Organizational Finance Seminar: Case Studies in Health Care 3.0 Credits

This course requires students to combine their knowledge of theory, quantitative analysis, and applied concepts to a minimum of 10 case studies from a variety of healthcare organizations. The cases are undirected, giving students the opportunity to build upon their ability to think critically and independently, and use professional judgment to make decisions to optimize results and create solutions. The students will be challenged by the uncertainty of input data and the presence of relevant non-financial factors, just as they would experience in a working environment.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HMP 512 [Min Grade: C]

HMP 657 Health Care Strategy and Operations: Creating Change 3.0 Credits

During this case study-driven course, students will work independently as the senior management team of a health organization. A case specific to a particular health organization and community will be assigned and, in teams, students will be expected to develop a five year strategic plan for the organization that includes an integrated five year financial plan. The instructor will act as the CEO and to simulate as closely as possible the actual practice of management, the healthcare organization will have a real Board of Directors comprised of experts in a variety of fields, which will interact with the teams throughout the quarter.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HMP 512 [Min Grade: C] and HMP 656 [Min Grade: C]

HMP 701 Health Care Data Analytics 3.0 Credits

This course is an introduction to health care data analytics concepts and methods for students who have had little previous data analytics coursework or experience. Topics to be covered in this course include: the creation of datasets, the structure of datasets, an introduction to data warehousing and working with large databases, an introduction to public health and healthcare datasets, methods for descriptive analytics, and an introduction to methods for predictive analytics.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 703 Introduction to GIS for Public Health 3.0 Credits

This course will provide students with a solid foundation in acquisition, manipulation, analyses, and presentation of spatial data using geographic information system (GIS). This course emphasizes hands-on use of data from Philadelphia and other contexts to develop methodological expertise, explore spatial patterns in health, and understand issues of health disparities and social justice. Topics covered in this course include: acquisition of spatial data, data management, geocoding, symbolizing features, coordinate and projection systems, making maps for presentation, and introduction to spatial analyses.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 704 Using Data to Drive Policy and Practice 3.0 Credits

Public policy is driven by advocates, lobbyists, consultants, and other stakeholders. Data is an important tool that is used by all of these groups to drive arguments/positions and inform public officials. This course is an intermediate course designed to teach graduate-level public health students techniques in gathering, analyzing and presenting data, including the use of basic statistical measures, to use an evidence base to inform public policy. This course exhibits a heavy applied component, teaching students how to collect, synthesize and report data, how to engage stakeholders with effective communication.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: BST 555 [Min Grade: C]

HMP 750 Integrative Learning Experience 2.0 Credits

The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) comprises the culminating experience required of full-time second-year MPH students. Organized as a 4 credit project over two quarters in year two, students will have the option to complete an internship, research project or culminating thesis to fulfill this requirement. Students may choose to work on an individual or group-based project. Students are required to complete a high-quality written product at the end of the experience. This is the first course in the sequence.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 751 Integrative Learning Experience II 2.0 Credits

The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) comprises the culminating experience required of full-time second-year MPH students. Organized as a 4 credit project over two quarters in year two, students will have the option to complete an internship, research project or culminating thesis to fulfill this requirement. Students may choose to work on an individual or group-based project. Students are required to complete a high-quality written product at the end of the experience. This is the second course in the sequence.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HMP 750 [Min Grade: B]

HMP 802 Health and Human Rights 3.0 Credits

Health and well-being are intricately associated with fundamental human rights. This course will cover direct links between public health policies, political circumstances, and social and economic conditions and their effects on health of individuals and populations using the human rights framework.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 810 Health Services Research 3.0 Credits

Course provides an introduction to basic and "state of the art" methods for undertaking research and program evaluation within health services organizations and systems.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 812 Qualitative Methods for Health Policy Research and Practice 3.0 Credits

This course will introduce the philosophy and methods of using qualitative research methods to understand and address public health policy and health services issues. The course will use the Chronic Care Model as a frame for considering the individual patient, the interaction between the patient and provider, the practice team, the community and the health systems as targets for understanding health services using qualitative methods. Within this context the course will cover development of appropriate qualitative research questions, data collection methods (including individual interviews, focus group techniques, ethnography). Analytic approaches to be covered will include grounded theory, narrative analysis, interaction/discourse analysis, content analysis as well as case-based/set theoretic methods.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 814 Research and Practice Workshop 1.5 Credit

This course will consist of presentations of early-stage or otherwise unpolished practice or research projects in health policy and management by doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows, with discussion to determine relevant methodological, policy, practice, or implementation issues, as well as to offer constructive criticism and to identify possible collaborators. Department faculty will also be in attendance who will share their own research and practice ideas, giving doctoral students and fellows the ability to provide and receive constructive feedback.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 15 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if program is DRPH.

HMP 815 Cost Benefit Analysis for Health Services 3.0 Credits

This course will introduce students to various methodologies for economic evaluations of health care interventions. Great attention will be spent on understanding the differing methodologies for economic evaluation (cost-benefit cost, effectiveness-analysis, etc.), when these methodologies are appropriate, and the strengths/weaknesses of each.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 820 Methods in Implementation Science 3.0 Credits

This course will enhance knowledge and skills to design, implement, and interpret interventions in clinical settings and health systems. This course offers learning methods to ensure that health care innovations and interventions are effective and reliable across the settings and contexts for which they are designed. The focus is designing practical experiments when the intervention(s) and the conditions under which they are being tested are changing over time.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 850 Practical Experience 1.0-9.0 Credit

This course will provide students in the DrPH in Health Management and Policy program with the opportunity to have a significant, advanced-level practical experience, building upon knowledge from their doctoral course work. Their project should be relevant to their career interests and, more immediately, to their planned dissertation project. Their project report should document not only insights they gained from the experience but also findings and recommendations that are useful to their employer.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 852 Health Economics I 3.0 Credits

This course is the first in a 2-course sequence in health economics. This course provides an introduction to the economics of health and health care. Topics covered include: the production of health, the demand for medical care, health care production and costs, determinants of the supply of medical care, payment systems, health insurance, problems in health insurance markets (adverse selection and moral hazard), and economic aspects of health care reform. Previous college-level coursework in economics is recommended but not required. Students are expected to have facility with high school algebra (including the understanding and graphing of functions).

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HMP 853 Health Economics II 3.0 Credits

This course is the second in a 2-course sequence in health economics. Topics covered include: competition and market power in health care markets, managed care, hospitals, the healthcare workforce, an introduction to cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, pharmaceuticals and health technologies, and an introduction to behavioral economics in health. Students will have an opportunity to do an independent health economics project.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HMP 852 [Min Grade: C]

HMP 997 Pre-Dissertation Research 1.0-9.0 Credit

This course will serve as an intensive introduction to the process of developing a dissertation proposal, leading to the student developing such a proposal based on their chosen area of focus.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 5 times for 54 credits

HMP 998 DrPH Dissertation Guidance 1.0-12.0 Credit

Candidates will conduct an investigation that is relevant to their work and career, i.e., addresses a problem or controversy faced by an organization or discipline. This project would integrate elements of a traditional research paper (e.g., background literature review, rationale, systematic approach, assessment of strengths and limitations of findings) with practice-based elements (e.g., addressing a practice-based question, use of case-study or consultation approach, emphasis on health care or public health impacts in framing conclusions and recommendations).

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 8 times for 108 credits

HMP 999 PhD Dissertation Guidance 1.0-12.0 Credit

Candidates must complete an original investigation. The dissertation must be based on the student’s own work, worthy of publication, and acceptable to the student’s committee. The steps in completing the dissertation should include completion of a literature review, articulation of the rationale for addressing the proposed research question(s), specification of proposed research methods, data collection/acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of the findings, including an assessment of strengths and limitations of findings and implications for future research, policy and practice.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 8 times for 108 credits

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