Health Management and Policy Major (B.S.)

https://chhs.unh.edu/health-management-policy/program/bs/health-management-policy

Academic Program

The Health Management and Policy (HMP) curriculum includes a variety of healthcare organizational and policy courses. Students work closely with their advisor and faculty to develop an academic and career plan. Students are required to complete a core of introductory courses prior to their junior year of the HMP major. Upper-division (junior and senior) HMP courses are planned in a two-year sequence, (see course sequence) and includes a 400-hour three-credit internship. Along with completing major courses, students will be guided to complete the University requirements for writing intensive courses and Discovery courses to obtain the minimally required 128 credits to graduate. It is important to note that internal transfer students may require an extra year in the major due to the prescribed course sequence. This degree prepares students to be healthcare leaders in areas, including, but not limited to: analyst, consultant, epidemiologist, healthcare administrator, healthcare analyst, human resources, healthcare sales, lawyer, marketer, practice manager, and researcher.

Health Management and Policy Required Courses
HMP 401United States Health Care Systems 14
HMP 403Introduction to Public Health4
MATH 420Finite Mathematics4
HMP 501Epidemiology and Community Medicine4
HMP 610Survey of Health Information Systems2
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 635Social Marketing Fundamentals2
HMP 642Health Economics4
HMP 703Translation of Health Data4
HMP 711Health Systems Research I4
HMP 712Health Analytics4
HMP 721Managing Health Care Organizations4
HMP 723Health Planning4
HMP 740Health Care Financial Management4
HMP 742Strategic Management for Health Care Organizations (HMP Track Course)4
HMP 744Health Ethics and Law4
HMP 746Health Policy4
Statistics: choose one from the following 24
Statistics for Health and Human Service Professionals
Statistical Discovery for Everyone
Statistics in Psychology
Statistics
Business Statistics
Statistical Methods and Applications
Select Track8
Public Health Track
Human Behavior and the Public Health
Environmental Health
OR
Health Services Management
Health Care Management II (Health Services Management Track)
Health Care Financial Management II
Honors in Major
Honors Project/Research Design 3
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, in good academic standing in the 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 with student involvement. Typical sites are often concentrated in central and Northern New England, but the experience could also be elsewhere, including abroad.

Academic Requirements

HMP majors must obtain a minimum of a B- in all HMP required 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 low grades (below B-), 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; however all HMP required courses must be completed with a B- or better to progress in the major.

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.

Suggested course sequence for major courses.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
Fall or Spring  
HMP 401 United States Health Care Systems 4
HMP 403 Introduction to Public Health 4
MATH 420 Finite Mathematics 0-4
 Credits8-12
Second Year
Fall or Spring  
HMP 501 Epidemiology and Community Medicine 4
Statistics Course 4
HMP Core Courses  
 Credits8
Third Year
Fall
HMP 621 Pre-practicum Seminar 2
HMP 721 Managing Health Care Organizations 4
HMP 740 Health Care Financial Management 4
HMP 744 Health Ethics and Law 4
HMP 796 Independent Study 1-4
 Credits15-18
Spring
HMP 621 Pre-practicum Seminar 2
HMP 610 Survey of Health Information Systems 2
HMP 635 Social Marketing Fundamentals 2
HMP 642 Health Economics 4
HMP 711 Health Systems Research I 4
 Credits14
Summer
HMP 622 Field Practicum in Organizational and Project Analysis, and Management Skills Development 3
 Credits3
Fourth Year
Fall
HMP 624 Post Practicum Seminar 2
HMP 703 Translation of Health Data 4
HMP 712 Health Analytics 4
HMP 723 Health Planning 4
 Credits14
Spring
HMP 631 Health Issues Seminar 2
HMP 742 Strategic Management for Health Care Organizations 4
Public Health Track or Health Service Management Track Courses 8
Honors in Major Courses  
 Credits14
 Total Credits76-83
  • The complexity of the health care delivery system, quality of care, and it relates to population health as well as the complexity of financing of the US healthcare delivery model.
  • Analyze complex management situations, data and apply (appropriate) health management concepts, theories and models to develop recommendations, working within a team environment.
  • Ability to describe and discuss the role of Human resource functions and the laws governing, the difference between management and leadership, organizational structures, mergers, acquisitions and affiliations and the role of governmental laws and regulations.
  • Identify and prioritize organizational needs and market imperatives in design and development of business plans for health Programs and services in a variety of management settings to compile, present and discuss data and its limitations related to specific managerial problems and ethics for organizational decision making based on regulations and principles that govern the domains and the role of management and leadership.
  • Use pf computer analysis tools for calculating, aggregating, presenting and discussing data and its analysis.
  • Understand the importance of a Mission and Vision statements and Identification and involvement of stakeholders, recognizing political and legal implications of actions and decisions.
  • Describe and generally assess key concepts and elements of health information systems selection and implementation of health care systems and regulatory requirements related to clinical and financial systems, and the role in HIT/HIM as it relates to cost, quality and access.
  • Application of economic theory and current mechanisms for advanced financial knowledge to decision making and strategic thinking skills, ability to identify and target market segment and defined appropriate intervals to measure. the time value of money, long-term debt, stocks and equity, and evaluation of capital projects.
  • Communicate information, ideas and information effectively in a written and oral format using appropriate professional conventions.