Health Management and Policy B.S.

Assistant Professor Bonica and HMP students
Health Management and Policy B.S.

Program Overview

What is health management and policy?

As a student in the health management and policy program you will learn how healthcare systems work, and you will develop professional and analytical skills in healthcare management, public health and policy. This field opens doors to a wide range of opportunities, from employment with government agencies and nonprofit organizations to private healthcare facilities. The coursework covers areas such as the financing of healthcare, management practices, marketing, healthcare ethics, healthcare law and epidemiology. You can also concentrate in public health to focus on human behavior and environmental health, or health services to focus on healthcare management.

Why study health management and policy at UNH?

The health management and policy program at UNH will prepare you for future leadership roles within the healthcare industry. You will receive a rich classroom experience with opportunities to participate in research and community outreach, and you’ll also gain 400-hours of hands-on experience through required fieldwork in an area of interest. The program has full certification by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and students are able to join campus chapters of professional organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Public Health Association. 

Potential careers 

  • Biostatistician 
  • Epidemiologist 
  • Healthcare administrator 
  • Healthcare analyst 
  • Healthcare communications 
  • Healthcare sales 
  • Lawyer 
  • Public health educator

Contact

Department of Health Management & Policy
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824-3563

Curriculum & Requirements

Academic Program

The Health Management and Policy (HMP) curriculum includes a variety of health, healthcare, and policy courses. Students work closely with their advisor and faculty to develop a plan of study. Along with completing major courses, students will be guided to complete the University requirements for writing intensive courses and Discovery courses to obtain the required 128 credits to graduate. Students are required to complete a core of introductory courses prior to their junior year in the HMP major. Upper-division (junior and senior) HMP courses are planned in a two-year sequence, (see course sequence). The curriculum prepares students for their 400 hour internship, as well as a variety of positions within healthcare after graduation. It is important to note that internal transfer students may require an extra year in the major due to the prescribed course sequence.

Health Management and Policy Introduction Major Core Courses
Fall or Spring Freshmen Year:
HMP 401United States Health Care Systems4
HMP 403Introduction to Public Health4
MATH 420Finite Mathematics4
Fall or Spring Sophomore Year
HMP 501Epidemiology and Community Medicine4
Statistics: No AP Statistics. Any UNH statistics course satisfies the requirement4
Health Management and Policy Major Core Courses
Fall Junior Year
HMP 621Pre-practicum Seminar1
HMP 721Managing Health Care Organizations4
HMP 711Health Systems Research I4
HMP 740Health Care Financial Management4
HMP 746Health Policy4
Spring Junior Year
HMP 511Introduction to Health Information Systems4
HMP 621Pre-practicum Seminar1
HMP 642Health Economics4
HMP 712Health Analytics4
Summer Junior Year
HMP 622Field Practicum in Organizational and Project Analysis, and Management Skills Development3
Fall Senior Year
HMP 624Post Practicum Seminar2
HMP 723Health Planning4
HMP 735Social Marketing4
HMP 7444
Spring Senior Year
HMP 631Health Issues Seminar2
HMP 742Strategic Management for Health Care Organizations (HMP Track Course)4
Select One Track8
Public Health Track
HMP 569
Human Behavior and the Public Health
HMP 715
Environmental Health
Or
Health Services Management Track
HMP 722
Health Care Management II
HMP 741
Health Care Financial Management II
Honors in Major
HMP 798H
Honors Project/Research Design
HMP 799H
Honors Project/Research
Total Credits81
Health Management and Policy Required Courses
HMP 401United States Health Care Systems 24
HMP 403Introduction to Public Health4
MATH 420Finite Mathematics4
Statistics: Any UNH statistics course satisfies the requirement 14
HMP 501Epidemiology and Community Medicine4
HMP 511Introduction to Health Information Systems4
HMP 621Pre-practicum Seminar2
HMP 622Field Practicum in Organizational and Project Analysis, and Management Skills Development3
HMP 624Post Practicum Seminar2
HMP 631Health Issues Seminar2
HMP 642Health Economics4
HMP 711Health Systems Research I4
HMP 712Health Analytics4
HMP 721Managing Health Care Organizations4
HMP 723Health Planning4
HMP 735Social Marketing4
HMP 740Health Care Financial Management4
HMP 742Strategic Management for Health Care Organizations (HMP Track Course)4
HMP 7444
HMP 746Health Policy4
Select Track8
Public Health Track
HMP 569
Human Behavior and the Public Health
HMP 715
Environmental Health
OR
Health Services Management
HMP 722
Health Care Management II (Health Services Management Track)
HMP 741
Health Care Financial Management II
Honors in Major
HMP 798H
Honors Project/Research Design 3
HMP 799H
Honors Project/Research 4
Total Credits81

Field Practicum

HMP 622 Field Practicum in Organizational and Project Analysis, and Management Skills Development is the required 400 hour 10-week field practicum, (or administrative internship), which constitutes an essential part of the HMP academic program. The field practicum occurs during the summer between junior and senior year, typically beginning in late May and ending in late August, requiring a full-time commitment of the student. Students must be an HMP major and must retain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher to be granted permission to enroll in the course.

This experience allows students to explore an area of special interest in depth that integrates class work with a supervised field experience. Given sufficient timing of student requests, efforts will be made to arrange practica at distant sites based on special needs.Field practicum sites are selected by faculty with student involvement are often concentrated in central and Northern New England, but the experience could also be abroad.

Academic Requirements

HMP majors must obtain a minimum of a B- in all HMP core courses and prerequisite courses. Majors must have an overall grade-point average of 3.00 to remain in the major. Students not continuing to make progress in the major, as evidenced by a mixture of generally low grades, incomplete courses, and/or administrative failures resulting in a cumulative GPA lower than 3.0 may, upon determination by the Health Management and Policy faculty, be excluded from the major and participation in the Field Practicum. An exclusion from the major may also be necessary to resolve questions concerning major departmental requirements or University academic standards.

The academic action of exclusion could be a temporary action if a petition is completed by the student detailing the extenuating circumstances and providing supportive documentation. After the petition has been reviewed, a determination of denial or approval will be made by the Health Management and Policy faculty. Should a petition be granted approval to remain in the major due to extenuating circumstances, the student must demonstrate academic progress (B- in HMP courses and 3.0 GPA) the following semester or they will be excluded from the major without the option to return.

Internal Applications for HMP Major

Students interested in additional information or in applying for admission to the health management and policy major should attend an HMP information session, and/or contact the academic department coordinator. Efforts should be made to complete this process during the freshman year or early in the sophomore year to ensure sufficient time to complete the required courses (HMP 401, HMP 403, HMP 501, MATH 420, and Statistics). Admitted UNH students can apply to the major once the student meets the application requirements, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and at least two of the required courses completed with a B- or higher.

Honors in Major

The department offers an honors-in-major program. Students must meet the department's requirement of having an overall 3.7 grade-point average at UNH and a 3.7 grade-point average for required HMP courses taken by the end of the spring semester sophomore year to be invited to Honors-in-Major. Honors-in-major students take a total of three honors designated  major courses during the junior year and senior year, as well as completing an honors thesis project during the senior year, HMP 798H and HMP 799H. Students work on the honors thesis with a faculty member within the HMP department who has knowledge in the specific topic. Students should contact the academic department coordinator for further information.

Explore Program Details

The Health Management and Policy department welcomes applications for admission from current UNH students who wish to transfer from other degree programs at UNH, however, HMP is not accepting applications from other institutions. There are several Discovery, University, and Health Management and Policy introduction courses that are appropriate for students who are interested in, but not yet committed to the major.

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