Health Management and Policy Major (B.S.)

http://chhs.unh.edu/hmp/health-management-policy-bs

Academic Program

Competencies are achieved through three components of the curriculum: University writing intensive and Discovery program requirements, HMP collateral courses, and HMP courses, which include a field practicum and a capstone course. Students work closely with their advisor and faculty to develop a plan of study to achieve completion of each of these components. Upper-division HMP courses are sequenced in a two-year progression as described in departmental handouts to all majors. Students are expected to follow this sequence; any exceptions are made by petition. Internal transfers may require an extra year in the major due to the prescribed course sequence. All HMP students are required to complete a core of introductory courses before their junior year in the major.

Health Management and Policy Required Courses
MATH 420Finite Mathematics4
Statistics: Any UNH statistics course satisfies the requirement 14
HMP 401United States Health Care Systems 24
HMP 403Introduction to Public Health4
HMP 501Epidemiology and Community Medicine4
HMP 511Introduction to Health Information Systems4
HMP 621Pre-practicum Seminar1
HMP 622AField Practicum in Organizational Analysis1
HMP 622BField Practicum in Management Skills Development1
HMP 622CField Practicum in Project Analysis1
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 #744Health Ethics and Law4
HMP 746Health Policy4
Public Health Track Courses8
Human Behavior and the Public Health
Environmental Health
Health Services Track Courses
Health Care Management II
Health Care Financial Management II
1

 AP Statistics does not meet the statistics requirement.

2

For HMP majors only: HMP 401 United States Health Care Systems will not meet the social sciences requirement.

Field Practicum

A required 400 hour 10-week practicum (or administrative internship) constitutes an essential part of the HMP academic program for all HMP majors. The 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 retain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher to be granted permission to enroll in the required summer internship. This internship experience is divided into three concurrent components and requires registering for three one-credit summer courses, (e.g., HMP 622A Field Practicum in Organizational Analysis, HMP 622B Field Practicum in Management Skills Development, HMP 622C Field Practicum in Project Analysis). Summer financial aid has several requirements. To identify if you are eligible for summer aid please review the Financial Aid website at http://www.unh.edu/summersession/financial.html.

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 in Project Analysis. 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 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 the following semester or they will be excluded from the major without the option to return.

Applications for Major

Students interested in additional information or in applying for admission to the health management and policy major should contact the department's sophomore class adviser. Efforts should be made to complete this process during the freshman year or early in the sophomore year to ensure sufficient time to complete all of the required collateral courses as well as those in the major in a timely manner. Admitted UNH students can apply to the major at any time, and admission decisions are made at the end of the semester in which the student applies. Admitted students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

Honors in Major

The department offers an honors-in-major program. Students must meet the department's requirement of having an overall 3.5 grade-point average at UNH and a 3.5 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 courses during the junior year and senior year, as well as completing an honors thesis project. Students work with a faculty member in the department with the development of the honors thesis. Students should contact the academic department coordinator for further information.

Health Management and Policy Introduction Major Core Courses
Fall or Spring Freshmen Year:
HMP 401United States Health Care Systems 14
HMP 403Introduction to Public Health4
MATH 420Finite Mathematics4
Fall or Spring Sophomore Year
HMP 501Epidemiology and Community Medicine4
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 740Health Care Financial Management4
HMP #744Health Ethics and Law4
HMP 746Health Policy4
Spring Junior Year
HMP 511Introduction to Health Information Systems4
HMP 621Pre-practicum Seminar1
HMP 642Health Economics4
HMP 711Health Systems Research I4
Summer Junior Year
HMP 622AField Practicum in Organizational Analysis1
HMP 622BField Practicum in Management Skills Development1
HMP 622CField Practicum in Project Analysis1
Fall Senior Year
HMP 624Post Practicum Seminar2
HMP 712Health Analytics4
HMP 723Health Planning4
HMP 735Social Marketing4
Spring Senior Year
HMP 631Health Issues Seminar2
HMP 742Strategic Management for Health Care Organizations (HMP Track Course)4
Track Courses: Public Health or Health Services Managment8
Health Services Management and Policy Track
Health Care Management II
Health Care Financial Management II
OR
Public Health Track
Human Behavior and the Public Health
Environmental Health
Total Credits81