Health Policy and Management at Providence College

Why Study Health Policy and Management at Providence College?
For more than three decades the Health Policy and Management Program (HPM) at PC has been preparing students for challenging careers in health services management, health policy-making, and public health practice, as well as providing a strong foundation for graduate study. Today, health policy and management is one of PC’s most popular areas of study. As the complexity of issues regarding health and health care have grown significantly in recent years, so has our program evolved to prepare students to rise to those challenges.

The growing popularity of the HPM Program at PC reflects larger trends in the economy and society. Current employment forecasts suggest that the demand for health care services will continue to expand in the coming decades.  Our graduates work in a variety of fields, including government, hospital administration, health insurance, health information technology, health law, health care financial management, human resources management, pharmaceutical sales and product development, public health, quality improvement, and research and teaching.

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What you'll study

Upon graduation, HPM majors will be awarded a bachelor of science degree in health policy and management. To complement this degree, many students choose to combine HPM with a pre-clinical program of study (i.e., biology, pre-med), while others combine their studies in HPM with a minor in economics, public service, political science, psychology, sociology, or a foreign language. Still others choose to complement their HPM major with additional business coursework, either by minoring in accountancy or by completing the College’s business and innovation minor.

Selected Courses

  • Aging and Health
  • American Health Care System
  • Diet, Nutrition and Obesity in the U.S.
  • Epidemiology of Health and Disease
  • Financial Management of Health Care Institutions
  • Health Care Reform in America
  • Health Law
  • Issues in Global Health
  • Perspectives on Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Public Health Administration and Practice
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Special Topics: Drugs and Disease
  • Strategic Management in Health Care

Faculty

Our faculty brings a depth and breadth of experience to our program, with graduate training in a wide variety of topics. In addition to being scholars, they continue to conduct research, author books, publish articles in leading journals, and present their work at national and regional conferences. Their expertise includes health care reform, global health, hospital reimbursement, the history of medicine and health care, and the impact of chronic disease.

All HPM majors are assigned a full-time faculty member as an academic adviser. Students also have many opportunities to collaborate with faculty outside of the classroom as research assistants or by participating in events such as alumni career nights.

ENGAGED LEARNING

HPM student presenting a poster entitled "Technological Barriers to Insurance Coverage Under the ACA"

Field Experience
In addition to required coursework, the major requires a structured field experience during the senior year so that students may apply the concepts and skills learned in the classroom to real-world settings. This internship offers students meaningful opportunities to link theory with practice, learn from practitioners, and practice professional skills in a real-world setting. It also allows for the exploration of potential careers and the development of valuable networking skills prior to graduation.

Study Abroad
Students have the opportunity to study abroad in one of more than 20 HPM-endorsed programs in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Australia/New Zealand.

Research
In addition, the program offers a variety of special topics seminars that reflect the program’s desire to strengthen student research and writing skills. These seminars require students to write a significant original research paper and to analyze, rather than merely describe, health care issues. HPM students also can present their research at an annual health policy and management conference at PC — a one-of-a-kind conference that is planned by students.

Outcomes

97%

of 2017-2021 health policy and management graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school

*Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.


  • 84% are employed only
  • 8% are attending school only
  • 6% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • Aetna
  • American Thoracic Society
  • AmeriCares
  • AthenaHealth
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston University
  • CVS Caremark
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation
  • Healthy Babies Happy Moms
  • Insulet Corporation
  • Lifespan
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • MEDITECH
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Mercer Public Consulting Group
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Pfizer
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • University Emergency Medicine Foundation
  • United Cerebral Palsy
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Cornell University
  • George Washington University
  • Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Providence College
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of South Florida
  • Virginia Commonwealth University