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Department of Health Policy and Public Health

Department of Health Policy and Public Health

The Department of Health Policy and Public Health, Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy, offers the following degree programs:

The mission of the Department of Health Policy and Public Health is to educate the next generation of health policy and public health professionals, to explore and execute innovative research, to engage communities for the improvement of the public’s health, and to effect change locally and globally.

In pursuit of this mission, the department’s courses provide a set of interdisciplinary skills, knowledge, and concepts. This places students at the forefront of current developments. Students are prepared to contribute to the understanding of the healthcare system and public health in a variety of contexts that encompass industry, academia, consulting, and government.

The department’s faculty members conduct research in a broad range of disciplines that bear on health policy and public health. Their work is published and presented nationally and internationally both in scholarly settings and as advice to various private, nonprofit, and government entities. Student scholarship at both the master’s and doctoral levels is also often published and presented at professional meetings.

The department is active in contributing service to the broader community at the local, national, and international levels. Faculty members lead committees of national professional societies, advise government agencies and officials, and consult with private and nonprofit organizations. Through fieldwork and scholarship, students play an essential role in the department’s service activities. On campus, the department regularly hosts prominent speakers and sponsors scholarly symposia with national leaders that bring expertise from throughout the nation and the world to the University for the benefit of students, faculty, and the local health policy and public health community.

The Department of Health Policy and Public Health is guided by a set of values:

  • Our students will become professionals distinguished by leadership, innovation, and excellence in a dynamic and diverse global society.
  • We believe that research and innovation is integral to education, and will create a nucleus or core research environment that inspires students and faculty toward research and scholarship, garners extramural funding, and develops intellectual property that provides or enhances social benefits.
  • We value cultural and human diversity.
  • We will participate as a positive influence and partner in the community.
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