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Health Policy and Management

What is Health Policy and Management?

Health Policy and Management is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the delivery, quality, and costs of health care for individuals and populations. Students who concentrate in health policy and management are trained in a variety of subjects including the complex structures of health care delivery in the U.S., legal and ethical foundations for health care, as well as policy processes designed to improve health care access among diverse populations. We offer programs in Master of Public Health and Master of Health Administration as well as a PhD in Health Services Research.

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Why did you choose Texas A&M?

What can you do with a Health Policy and Management degree?

Our graduates currently serve in diverse organizations in a variety of leadership roles:

  • Lamaze International, Chief Operating Officer
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Global HIV & TB Strategic Information Advisor
  • U.S. Navy, Medical Services Corps, Medical Administrative Officer
  • United Health Care’s Community & State Division, Vice President
  • Laredo Medical Center, Interim Chief Executive Officer 
  • Seton Family of Hospitals, Project Manager
  • Texas Health Institute, Executive Director
  • Texas Division of Emergency Management, Program Supervisor
  • Texas Health and Human Services, Director of Special Projects
  • Texas Department of Public Safety, Forensic Scientist & Regional Manager of Breath Alcohol Testing Program
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Faculty and Research

The faculty within the department represent a wide array of disciplines, expertise and interests. The departmental members come from backgrounds in public health, political science, urban planning, ecological psychology, law, management, medicine, economics and data science. Collectively they have conducted numerous policy or management related projects that include assessments of local health care infrastructures, national studies of the quality of health care services, critical access hospitals, long-term care policies, Medicaid, managed care and court mandated access.

Notable faculty studies and projects include:

  • Statewide evaluator of Medicaid Waiver Program
  • Developing first-ever international medical database for retired astronauts
  • Psychology behind the delaying of childhood vaccination
  • Diabetes-related hospital mortality affected by geography
  • Legal obstacles in cross-sector data sharing while protecting subject privacy
  • Investigating hospital readmission reduction efforts
  • Impact of laws against texting while driving
  • How private citizens change state laws about insurance coverage of autism spectrum disorder
Dr. Washburn teaching