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HARVARD SCHOOLOF PUBLIC HEALTHDEPARTMENT OFHEALTH POLICY & MANAGEMENTDepartment HandbookSM1 and SM2 Program RequirementsAcademic Year2014 - 2015

Questions about HPM courses and programs can be directed to:Anne OcchipintiDirector of Academic Programs and Student ServicesKresge Building, Room 324Telephone: (617) 432-4511Email: [email protected] NolanProgram CoordinatorKresge Building, Room 322Telephone: (617) 432-4506Email: [email protected]

Table of ContentsPurpose of Handbook . 1Other HSPH Resources . 2Department of Health Policy and Management Overview . 3Key HPM Contacts for Students . 4One-Year Master of Science Program (SM1) . 5Program Requirements. 5A. School Academic Program Core Course Requirements . 5B. Departmental Requirements . 7Two-Year Master of Science Program (SM2) . 8General Requirements . 8A. School Core Course Requirements . 8B. Departmental Course and Practice Requirements . 12Waiver of General Requirements. 14Management Track . 15Management Track Requirements . 15Policy Track . 17Policy Track Requirements . 18Research Track Requirements . 20Two-Year Master of Science Program - Summer Internship . 22Two-Year Master of Science - Applied Research and Practice (HPM 290) . 24Cross-Registering from HSPH. 25HPM Policy on WinterSession . 28Other Useful Information for HPM Students. 29*NOTE: Courses are subject to change. Please be sure to check for updated courseinformation at: /registrar/courses-andschedules/ when planning your class schedule.

Purpose of HandbookThis handbook provides the degree requirements for the One-Year Master of Science (SM1) andTwo-Year Master of Science (SM2) programs in the Department of Health Policy and Management.We encourage you to review carefully the requirements for your academic program, and to consultwith your faculty advisor and program director to develop a course of study that fulfills therequirements of your degree program and best meets your interests and career goals.Please also become familiar with the HPM policy on WinterSession on page 28 of this handbook.Other Degree ProgramsHPM participates in a number of other degree programs, including: the school-wide Master ofPublic Health (MPH) program, the joint JD/MPH program with Harvard Law School, and theuniversity-wide doctor of philosophy (PhD) in Health Policy program. The degree requirements forthese programs can be obtained by contacting:Degree ProgramMaster of PublicHealth (MPH) *ContactOfficeRoberta Gianfortoni Kresge G-29Assistant Dean forProfessionalEducationTelephone and [email protected] in HealthPolicyDeborah WhitneyExecutive Director,PhD Program inHealth Policy617-496-5506deborah [email protected] Story StreetCambridge, MA02138*Students in the MPH Concentrations of Health Care Management and Policy (CMP), Lawand Public Health (LPH) and the joint JD/MPH program must follow the MPH CurriculumGuide which is available in the Office of Education office in Kresge G29 or on the HSPHwebsite at: 2015-MPH-Curriculum-Guide-July-DRAFT.pdfHealth Policy and Management Handbook - Academic Year 2014-20151

Other HSPH ResourcesStudents should become familiar with the following resources found on the school’s website or byvisiting the appropriate office:HSPH Courses and cedure for Cross-Registration at Other strar/cross-registrationContact: Norris Guscott, HSPH Cross-Registration CoordinatorUniversity-Wide Course oAcademic Calendar 4-2015-academic-calendar-summary/HSPH Student ent-handbookHSPH Photo t Financial Serviceshttp://www.hsph.harvard.edu/osfsContact: Kathryn Austin, Director of Student Financial ServicesOffice for Student offices/student-affairsContact: Leah Kane, Director for Student AffairsOffice for Alumni Affairs and Career act: Peter Crudele, Director of Career AdvancementSee in particular the career resources for students at: www.hsph.harvard.edu/careersOffice for Alumni Affairs and Career ct: Jim Smith, Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Career AdvancementSee in particular the alumni network resources for students .aspx?sid 1319&gid 2&pgid 353Health Policy and Management Handbook - Academic Year 2014-20152

Department of Health Policy and Management OverviewKatherine Baicker, PhDDepartment ChairProfessor of Health EconomicsKresge [email protected] MayloneDepartment CoordinatorKresge [email protected] Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) is committed to training and inspiring thenext generation of health care leaders. Our students and faculty are passionate about making theworld a better place by improving health and health care. We work on compelling and importantproblems, from making the delivery of care safer and more efficient, to expanding health insurancecoverage and eliminating disparities, to designing and improving the performance of entire healthsystems. Our educational programs focus on helping students develop the critical thinking andapplied problem-solving skills needed to address a wide variety of public health challenges.The research priorities in the Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) are organizedinto seven broad areas: decision science; health economics; law and public health; management;quality and access; political policy; and public health policy.Further information about HPM, including faculty profiles and research interests, anddepartmental programs and courses can be found on the department’s website nd-managementHealth Policy and Management Handbook - Academic Year 2014-20153

Key Contacts for StudentsProgramOne-Year Masters(SM1)Two-Year Masters(SM2)MPH-Health CareManagement and Policy(CMP)MPH-Law and PublicHealth (LPH)Key ContactAnne OcchipintiNancy [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Academic Programs and Student Services ResourcesNamePositionOfficeE-Mail and TelephoneAnne OcchipintiDirector of Academic Programsand Student ServicesElizabeth NolanProgram 6MPH students may also contact Roberta Gianfortoni at:617-432-3530 or [email protected] Policy and Management Handbook - Academic Year 2014-20154

One-Year Master of Science Program (SM1)The One-Year Master of Science Program (SM1) is an academic degree programdesigned for individuals with doctoral degrees in medicine, dentistry, or other healthrelated disciplines who are pursuing research careers and desire intensive exposure toanalytic and quantitative skills. The program is appropriate for students who plan topursue health policy research and for students interested in domestic or internationalresearch questions.Program CompetenciesThrough coursework and supervised independent study, students in the SM1 program willbe able to:1. Demonstrate competencies in the core public health disciplines of biostatisticsand epidemiology (see below)2. Apply tools of microeconomic analysis to health care and public health problems3. Apply the theory and methods of quality improvement in health care4. Apply the technical methods and applications of decision analysis and costeffectiveness analysis to research questions in health care technologyassessment, medical decision-making and public health policy5. Design and produce a health policy analysis or research study that results in amanuscript of publishable qualityProgram RequirementsStudents must take a minimum of 42.5 credits for graduation (at least 30 of which mustbe taken for ordinal credit), and fulfill the course requirements below.A. School Academic Program Core Course Requirements1. BiostatisticsBiostatistics is the collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation of health data;design and analysis of health-related surveys and experiments; and concepts and practiceof statistical data analysis. Biostatistics Core CompetenciesDemonstrate the roles biostatistics serve in the discipline of public health.Interpret graphical and descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize publichealth data.Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation, and commonly usedstatistical probability distributions.Apply common statistical methods for estimation and inference and use them appropriatelyaccording to underlying assumptions and type of study design.Interpret the results of statistical analyses to provide evidence within the context ofpublic health, health care, biomedical, clinical and population-based studies andresearch.Develop basic skills for utilizing statistical computing software for performingdata analyses.Health Policy and Management Handbook - Academic Year 2014-20155

Biostatistics courses that fulfill the core requirement are:BIO 200 [Fall]BIO 201 [Fall]BIO 202/203[Summer]Principles of BiostatisticsOrIntroduction to Statistical MethodsOrPrinciples of Biostatistics I and II5.0 credits5.0 credits5.0 credits2. EpidemiologyEpidemiology is the study of distributions and determinants of disease, disabilities anddeath in human populations; the characteristics and dynamics of human populations;and the natural history of disease and the biologic bases of health. Epidemiology Core CompetenciesDescribe the role of epidemiology as a quantitative approach to address problems in clinicalmedicine and public health.Describe and apply the basic principles and methods of epidemiology, including:disease measures, association and causation, bias, confounding and effectmodification and susceptibility.Interpret descriptive epidemiologic results in order to develop hypotheses ofpossible risk factors of a disease.Develop a foundation for designing valid and efficient epidemiologic studies toaddress public health problems, including: understanding the strengths andlimitations of descriptive, observational and experimental studies.Become a critical reader of epidemiologic literature by analyzing the appropriatenessof study design, quality of data, methodological strategies, and interpretation ofresults.Epidemiology courses that fulfill this requirement:EPI 500 [Summer 1 orFall 1]EPI 201 [Fall 1]EPI 208 [Summer]Fundamentals of EpidemiologyOrIntroduction to Epidemiology: Methods IOrIntroduction to Clinical EpidemiologyHealth Policy and Management Handbook - Academic Year 2014-20152.5 credits2.5 credits5.0 credits6

B. Departmental RequirementsStudents also must take an additional 10 credits in the Department of Health Policy andManagement, and complete an additional 5 credits of supervised independent study underthe direction of an HPM faculty member.The 10 HPM course credits must include courses in each of the following subject areas:Economic Analysis; Quality of Care; and Health Decision Sciences. Courses thatfulfill these requirements are listed below.1. Economic AnalysisHPM 206 [Fall]HPM 227 [Spring]Economic AnalysisThe Economics of Health Policy5.0 credits5.0 creditsHealth Care Quality and Safety2.5 credits2. Quality of CareHPM 516 [Spring 2]3. Health Decision SciencesRDS 280 [Fall 2]RDS 282 [Spring 2]Decision Analysis for Health and Medical PracticesEconomic Evaluation of Health Policy and ProgramManagementDecision TheoryDecisio