The Master of Science in Health Management and Policy (HMP) is a 36 credit interdisciplinary program of study that provides an alternative to Valpo's Master of Health Administration. The program offers the convenience of online accessibility with 6 start terms each year, but because it is designed primarily for those already serving in health professional organizations, it does not include an experiential component. Twenty-seven credits of the program cover basic management and policy; the final 9 credits represent specialized tracks, with the choices of Strategic Decision Making; Health Informatics; Forensic Health, and Gerontology.
In this program, students will:
a. Understand the breadth of issues related to health care management and policy.
b. Understand legal and ethical issues in the delivery of health care services.
c. Understand how to collect, manage, and interpret data/information relevant to the delivery of efficient and effective health care services.
d. Understand the relationship between health care administration and broader issues related to best practices in business and resource management.
e. Develop specific skills related to managing health care projects and evaluating the impact of such projects and programs
f. Be able to articulate in writing position papers, case studies, and in-depth analyses relevant to the field of health management and policy
g. Understand the connection between their knowledge and skills on the one hand and their professional identity, responsibilities, and demands on the other.
Admission Requirements. Admission to this degree program requires:
1. a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, verified through official transcripts;
2. 3.0/4.0 GPA for prior coursework; student not meeting the GPA requirement will be considered if they have 3 or more years of relevant work experience.
3. Two letters of recommendation with at least one from an employer or academic instructor or adviser;
4. A personal essay indicating the reason for pursuing this degree
5. If a non-native English speaker, a minimum TOEFL of 83 or IELTS of 6.5
All prospective students are strongly advised to have a background in basic statistics; for those pursuing the informatics track, basic coursework in statistics, calculus, and programming is required.
This masters program is made possible through a collaboration between Valparaiso University and University Alliance. Interested applicants should visit http://www.valpoonline.com/ for more information.