Department of Health Policy and Management

Coronavirus Update from HPM:
We hope everyone is staying safe and well during this strange time of uncertainty during the Coronavirus pandemic. While many of you have likely been keeping up with COVID-19 updates in the mainstream media, we would like to direct you to our new webpage, HPM in the News, which compiles links to articles and interviews featuring folks in the department or closely affiliated with HPM. This site is updated and monitored regularly, so please feel free to check in as useful, as well as send along any additional links that might not already be posted. We also encourage you to visit the Harvard Chan School’s dedicated COVID-19 site for more information about happenings within the Chan School. Stay healthy and safe!

The Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is dedicated to improving the health care delivery system and mitigating public health risks in the United States and abroad.

The Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) is committed to training and inspiring the next generation of health care leaders. Our students and faculty are passionate about making the world a better place by improving health and health care. We work on compelling and important problems, from making the delivery of care safer and more efficient, to expanding health insurance coverage and eliminating disparities, to designing and improving the performance of entire health systems.

Our educational programs focus on helping students develop the critical thinking and applied problem-solving skills needed to address a wide variety of public health challenges. HPM students come from across the United States and from around the world.  They are academically accomplished, enthusiastic, and engaged.  All of our students have significant prior work experience and they enrich the classroom with their insights and perspectives.

We believe that additional experiences beyond the classroom are an essential part of public health education, and our department’s strong ties to leading public health policymakers and practitioners provide students with opportunities to apply classroom learning to real world, public health management, and policy problems in the US and abroad.

Academic Programs:

Students in a classroomOur academic programs focus on developing the critical thinking and applied problem-solving skills needed to address a wide variety of challenges throughout the health care delivery, public policy, and public health systems. For more information about our academic programs, current courses and additional information for students, visit the ‘For Students’ section.



Major Research Areas:

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Health Economics

Health Care Management

Political Policy

Public Health Policy

Quality and Access

Centers, Programs and Affiliates:

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The Department of Health Policy and Management works closely with many research centers and programs that focus on a diverse scope of public health issues. Visit our centers, programs and affiliates page to learn more.