Health Management and Policy

Graduate degrees: MHA; MS in health services and policy research; PhD in health services and policy



The Department of Health Management and Policy educates health care professionals for leadership roles in an increasingly complex and dynamic health care system. Graduates hold key executive, academic, research, government, and consulting positions in all areas of health management and policy, both in the United States and abroad.

The department offers the MHA in a traditional program track and an executive track. It also collaborates with the Tippie College of Business and the College of Law to provide concurrent and combined MHA/graduate and professional degree programs. In addition, the MS in health services and policy research, the policy subprogram for the Master of Public Health (MPH), the PhD in health services and policy, and the graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management are offered.

The department's degree programs rank among the foremost in the field. The MHA is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. The PhD program, established in 1950, was the nation's first doctoral program in health care management.

MPH Subprogram

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The subprogram prepares individuals for careers in health policy analysis, system and organizational planning, and program evaluation. Graduates find positions in federal, state, and local government as well as in professional associations and private agencies. See the Master of Public Health, MPH in the catalog.

Alumni Relations

An active alumni association with more than 1,000 members supports the MHA program in a number of ways including scholarships, consultation on curriculum, continuing education, research, and fund development. Alumni serve as visiting faculty, consultants, mentors, and preceptors for summer internships, residencies, and fellowships. The alumni association also provides a network for graduates entering the profession.

Graduates maintain their Iowa connection and learn about news of their classmates, the department, and faculty members and students through the website and social media.

Samuel Levey Healthcare Leadership Symposium

The Department of Health Management and Policy and its alumni association jointly sponsor the annual Samuel Levey Healthcare Leadership Symposium, which is held in the spring. Renowned speakers from across the country present a variety of symposium topics. Health care leaders, alumni, educators, students, and friends of the department attend the symposium, which offers students a high quality educational experience in addition to the opportunity to network with faculty and alumni.