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2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Policy – Master of Science


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The health policy program trains students in the range of analytical skills and knowledge necessary to pursue health policy careers in private, governmental, and academic settings. Coursework and research opportunities cover health policy as it applies to the range of players in the system, including hospitals, health systems, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, clinicians, insurance companies, managed care organizations, and entrepreneurial ventures. The depth of resources and expertise at the University related to pharmaceuticals makes this an area of special interest and provides unique opportunities to explore policy and management aspects of this industry.

Because the field of health policy draws on contributions from many areas, the program is interdisciplinary by nature. It requires students to analyze issues creatively by combining different approaches to policy problems. In addition to a core of courses offered directly in health policy, students may take courses in several related fields, including pharmacy administration, pharmacoeconomics, biomedical writing, pharmaceutical business, and social sciences. Research opportunities similarly cut across disciplinary lines to draw on different kinds of expertise.

The MS degree track is primarily designed to train students who will become practitioners of health policy analysis. They will be skilled at analyzing issues and predicting outcomes of policies for industry, government, professional associations, and consulting firms. The focus of the training is on skills that will be needed in a range of contexts. Students may pursue interests in various substantive healthcare issue areas through electives. The program also emphasizes practical training outside of the University environment through team consulting projects for external organizations.

A master’s degree in health policy will prepare you to:

  • Understand the healthcare system in the United States, including its historical development and current challenges.
  • Comprehend the roles of the range of players in the healthcare system, including hospitals, health systems, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, clinicians, managed care organizations, and entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Analyze complex issues involving the provision of healthcare services and determinants of the health of populations.
  • Bring a range of different disciplines, including economics, epidemiology, law, and ethics to bear in evaluating health policy questions.
  • Assess the needs and challenges facing different kinds of healthcare organizations.
  • Apply a range of analytical techniques in a interdisciplinary manner to address health policy issues.
  • Gather data and conduct statistical analyses to evaluate health policy issues.
  • Critically evaluate solutions to health policy problems and options for reform of the system.

A joint program is available with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) through which students can receive both a doctor of osteopathy and either a MS or a PhD degree in health policy.

Additional information on the health policy program is available on its Web page: www.gradschool.usp.edu/programs/healthpolicy.

Core Courses for the Master of Science in Health Policy


(Program requirements are subject to change.)

Policy Core


Research Core


Applied Core


Total Credits: 36


Footnotes:


  1. HP 810 may be taken as an alternative.
  2. HP 750 or its equivalent is a prerequisite.

Faculty – Health Policy


Shannon P. Márquez
BS (Prairie View); MEng (Texas A&M);
PhD (University of North Carolina)
Associate Professor of Public Health
Chair, Department of Health Policy and Public Health
Executive Associate Dean, Academic & Faculty Affairs, Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy

Phone: 215.596.8566
E-mail: s.marquez@usp.edu
Research: global health; environmental health policy; sustainable developmen

Glenn Beamer
BA (William & Mary); MA, PhD (Michigan)
Associate Professor of Public Health
Director, Master of Public Health Program
Phone: 267.295.3178
E-mail: g.beamer@usp.edu
Research: community health and sustainability; children’s health; urban health crisis; research design

Michelle L. Bragg
BS (Banneker Honors College); MS (University of
North Texas); PhD (George Mason)
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business
Phone: 215.596.7618
E-mail: m.bragg@usp.edu
Research: health disparities; aging studies

Harold E. Glass
BA (Cal State Fullerton); MS (London School of Economics); 
PhD (University of North Carolina)
Research Professor of Pharmaceutical Business
Phone: 215.596.7548
E-mail: h.glass@usp.edu
Research: international business; conduct of clinical trials

Amy B. Jessop
BS (Penn State); MPH (UMDNJ); PhD (Temple)
Assistant Professor of Health Policy 
Phone: 215.596.7637
E-mail: a.jessop@usp.edu
Research: epidemiology; liver disease; infectious disease

William F. McGhan
PharmD (UCSF); PhD (Minnesota)
Professor of Pharmacy
Director, Graduate Program in Pharmacy Administration
Phone: 215.596.8852
E-mail: w.mcghan@usp.edu
Research: social and economic evaluation of health services; quality of life and economic factors in patient care

Stephen Metraux
BA (Grinnell); MA (Texas); PhD (Pennsylvania)
Associate Professor of Health Policy
Phone: 215.596.7612
E-mail: s.metrau@usp.edu
Research: Medicaid; mental health services; homelessness

Melanie B. Oates
BA (University of Pittsburgh); RN (Presbyterian School of Nursing);
MBA (Wharton, University of Pennsylvania); PhD (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science)
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management
Director, Undergraduate Business Programs
Phone: 215.835.1182
E-mail: m.oates@usp.edu
Research: marketing and market research

Claudia F. Parvanta
BA, MA, PhD (Pennsylvania)
Professor of Anthropology
Chair, Department of Social Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8920
E-mail: c.parvan@usp.edu
Research: health behavior change; health and risk communication; global disease prevention and control

Joseph W. Ruane
BA (St. Charles Borromeo); MA (Temple); PhD (Delaware)
Professor of Sociology and Health Policy
Vice Chair, Department of Social Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8906
E-mail: j.ruane@usp.edu
Research: occupations and professions; urban issues and policies; organizations; politics and healthcare; mental health policy

Ruth L. Schemm
BS (Pennsylvania); MEd, EdD (Temple)
Professor of Health Policy
Phone: 215.596.8990
E-mail: r.schemm@usp.edu
Research: community living, chronically disabled individuals; social history of medicine and health

Richard G. Stefanacci
BA (Boston College); DO (Kirksville); MGH (AT Still); MBA (Keller)
Associate Professor of Health Policy
Director, Institute for Geriatric Studies
Phone: 215.596.7466
E-mail: r.stefan@usp.edu
Research: geriatric policy; long-term care; Medicare

Vivian G. Valdmanis
BA (Michigan State); MPP (University of Michigan); PhD (Vanderbilt)
Professor of Health Policy
Phone: 215.596.7613
E-mail: v.valdma@usp.edu
Research: economic evaluation; medical interventions in low-income countries; hospital performance; the uninsured

Mei-Ling Wang
BA (National Taiwan Normal); MA (San Francisco University); PhD (University of Maryland)
Associate Professor of Communication
Phone: 215.895.1155
E-mail: m.wang@usp.edu
Research: health communication; international health

Adjunct Faculty

Jennifer Andrel
BS (Grove City); MSPH (Tulane)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy

Brad C. Bernstein
BS (Penn State); MBA (Temple)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy

Abigail Cohen
BA, MA (South Florida); PhD (Temple)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy

David W. Cragin
BS (Rhode Island); PhD (UC Davis)
Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology/Toxicology and Health Policy

Glenna M. Crooks
AB, MS, PhD (Indiana)
Adjunct Professor of Health Policy

Andrew J. Fichter
BA, PhD, JD (Yale); BA (Cambridge)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy

Barry R. Furrow
AB, JD (Harvard)
Adjunct Professor of Health Policy

Jean Paul Gagnon
BS, MS (Connecticut); PhD (Ohio State)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy

Neil I. Goldfarb
BA (Pennsylvania)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy

Josh Goldstein
BA (Chicago)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy

David B. Nash
BA (Vassar); MD (Rochester); MBA (Wharton University of Pennsylvania)
Adjunct Professor of Health Policy

Charles E. Rosenberg
BA (Wisconsin); MA, PhD (Columbia)
Adjunct Professor of Health Policy

Theresa A. Walls
BS (St. Peter’s); DO (PCOM); MB (Pennsylvania)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy

Mark G. Weiner
BSE, MD (Pennsylvania)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy

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