Established in 2015, the growing Department of Health Services Administration and Policy is comprised of academic programs in Health Policy and Management and Health Information/Informatics Management (HIM). The Division of HIM is the successor the Department of Health Information Management, which was founded in 1969. There are 13 full-time faculty members engaged in research, teaching and entrepreneurial activities with more than 200 students.
All academic programs are accredited. They include:
The department is focused on improving population health through research on the role and effectiveness of health services, health information and informatics, leadership/management and policy, with a special focus on reducing and eliminating disparities in an urban setting. We are committed to creating the future of healthcare and advancing the public’s health through inquiry, insight and innovation.
- The BSHIM is one of the oldest programs of its kind. It prepares students for health information management and health informatics careers in a number of health industries requiring skills in managing information technology.
- The MSHI provides advanced interdisciplinary training in the competencies required to manage and use health information for advancement of population health.
- The PhD in Health Policy prepares students for research careers that will influence policy and inform health institutions on effective managerial practices required to meet the Triple Aim (patient experience/quality of care, population health, and healthcare cost and financing)
The research and policy emphases of faculty are in the Triple Aim; access to care and social determinants of health; healthcare management and leadership; primary and long-term care; emergency management; and impacts of health information technologies. Of particular interest is the impact of health financing and health services organization, integrated delivery and innovation on achievement of the Triple Aim.
- We offer a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics, an area of growing importance to meeting the Triple Aim. The certificate seamlessly connects you to the MSHI degree, if you desire to continue your studies.
- Pre-Health Information Management majors can transfer through cooperative agreements with several area community colleges.
- Our BSHIM and MSHI graduates are in high demand in a variety of health services settings because of their competencies in health information technologies, as well as in information and data management.
- Students benefit from our extensive alumni networks. Our network of MPH alumni includes graduates from the past 40 years, and our HIM alumni network stretches back nearly 50 years. Our HIM programs are highly represented in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) and other professional organizations.