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Health Systems, Managment & Policy

Health Systems, Managment & Policy


Welcome to the
Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy

Health Systems, Management and Policy offers students several program options including the Master of Public Health, Master of Science and PhD program. Get to know our faculty, areas of research, and then pick the program that's right for you. Learn more.


Writing instruction gives public health students career-relevant skills

Whether you need to write a gra​nt proposal or a policy brief, strong writing skills are essential to your success in public health. Get to know what Associate Professor Elaine Morrato is doing to help current students develop this critical skill. Learn more.

New Program!  Health Systems Management - Health Systems, Management and Policy

The Department is pleased to announce a new MPH program in Health Systems Management.  Learn more about the program then apply online through SOPHAS today!

New Program!  Study Global Public Health and Health Syste​ms, Management and Policy

The Department is excited to announce a new MPH program in Global Public Health and Health Systems, Management and Policy. Learn more about the program then apply online through SOPHAS today! Find other global public health programs 

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Responsive Reforms

Welcome to the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy. Our Department is a national leader in health services research, with a rapidly expanding faculty in areas including economics, health policy, pharmaceutical policy, management, and outcomes research.

Our exciting and challenging MPH program allows students to gain knowledge and skills in health services management or health policy.

We are interdisciplinary in both philosophy and practice.  We actively work with local research partners, such as Denver Health, Kaiser Permanente, and the Colorado Health Outcomes Program. Active research areas include mental health, health insurance, health outcomes, substance abuse treatment and many other topics.


Recent Health Services Research PhD Student Awards, Scholarships and Recognition

Rose Hardy was named one of the recipients of the Brown Scholarship for the 2015 PHSSR Keeneland Conference.  This scholarship is awarded to doctoral students, or recent post-doctoral students, pursuing research in Public Health Services and Systems Research.  It provides financial support to attend the PHSSR Keeneland Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, on April 21-22, 2015.  The conference brings researchers, practitioners and policymakers together to discuss approaches to improving the public health system.

Melanie Mason received first place and a gift certificate for her podium presentation at the Western Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research on assessing the impact of the Public Health and Prevention funds on the bloodstream infection rates.  The Western Parmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Conference provides students with an opportunity to present their research and network with academic and industry researchers in the fields of pharmacoeconomics, outcomes research and pharmacoepidemiology.

Eline van den Broek-Altenburg has been awarded the 2015 Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship to attend Academy Health's National Health Policy Conference in Washington, DC.  This scholarship commemorates the dedication of Alice S. Hersh, the founding executive director of the Association for Health Services Research (AHSR), to support the next generation of health services researchers.



Spring, 2015 - HSMP Department Seminars

HSMP has invited a wide range of health care professionals, from academia and in the industry, to share their expertise and experiences that will allow students in the HSMP programs, School of Public Health students and all other interested attendees an opportunity to interact, ask questions, and deepen their understanding about these important topics.  No RSVP is required--just pass the word to those interested, and bring your own lunch.


HSMP Seminar Speaker Schedule:

*Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bob Doyle, Executive Director, Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance - 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. - Education 2 South, Room 2305 - Topic:  Big Tobacco Part 2 - Public Health Concerns with Marijuana Commercialization


*Thursday, February 19, 2015  -

David Downs, MD, FACP, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, SOM - 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. - Education 2 South, Room 2305 - Topic:  Engaged Benefit Design:  Adding Value to Health Insurance Benefits


*Thursday, March 5, 2015   -

Betty Bekemeier, Associate Professor, Univ. of Washington, School of Nursing - 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. - Education 2 South, Room 2305 - Topic:  Developing the Data and Evidence for Public Health Services Research and Decision-Making:  The Public Health Activities and Services (PHAST) Study


*Thursday, April 9, 2015 -

MS Health Services Research Candidate Presentation - 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. - Education 2 South, Room 2305 - Emily Johnson, Topic:  The Effect of Accountability and Transparency Laws on Non-Hospital Community Benefit Spending


*Thursday, April 16, 2015 -

Sponsored by the Kauvar Lecture Series - Registration is Required and Lunch is Provided.  Further details can be found here.

A. Mark Fendrick, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan - 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. - Education 2 South Bridge and Education 2 North, Room 2104 - Topic:  The Future of Patient Centered Care and Value Based Insurance


*Thursday, April 23, 2015 - CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED


*Thursday, May 7, 2015 -

Dahlia Remler, PhD, Professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY, and Department of Economics, The Graduate Center, CUNY - 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. - Education 2 South, Room 2305 - Topic:  Including Health Insurance in Poverty Measurement:  The Impact of Health Reform in Massachusetts on Poverty (co-authored with Sanders Korenman)



New Program - Health Industry Analytics

The department of Health Systems, Management & Policy is proud to offer a new Certificate of Professional Achievement in Health Industry Analytics​ at our CU South Denver campus. 

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