Concentrations

Did you know that nearly one-fifth of the United States’ economy is spent on healthcare? With more people gaining access to healthcare via the Affordable Care Act and the rapid growth in prescription drug spending, that share will only climb. And with that climb will be a continual need for professionals who possess the knowledge and tools to make our healthcare system more effective, efficient and equitable.

As a student in the OOMPH HPM concentration, you will gain the knowledge, skills and partners to become a high-impact contributor in the healthcare sector. You will enjoy experiences in and out of the classroom that challenge convention and help you grow as a healthcare leader. Our faculty—who bring their expertise in economics, policy, organization behavior, finance and strategy—believe that a strong working knowledge of management and policy are necessary to be an effective healthcare leader.

Beginning with the Spring 2017 cohort, students can select the Health Policy and Management (HPM) concentration within OOMPH. You will acquire the knowledge and tools to improve healthcare systems by gaining a deeper understanding of the determinants of health, both inside and outside of a healthcare system. The curriculum is designed for a variety of professionals—from clinicians to managers to policy leaders—across a range of healthcare areas, such as healthcare systems, providers, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and health insurers within for-profit, nonprofit, public health and government organizations.

You take the same five breadth courses as an OOMPH student, but then dig into HPM with six specific courses. To fulfill the remaining three courses of the 14-course graduation requirement, you take the Interdisciplinary Seminar in your second summer and two electives.

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HPM Program Competencies

Upon satisfactory completion of the HPM curriculum, you will be able to demonstrate the following management and health policy competencies through case studies and applied learning activities:

  • Use knowledge of the structures, stakeholders, political system, and environmental context of health and health care to formulate solutions for health policy problems
  • Describe and apply the basic language and concepts that underpin managerial decision-making (financial, operations, organizational behavior, strategy)
  • Assess a healthcare management situation, develop alternative courses of action, and make appropriate managerial decisions consonant with that assessment, and aligned with recommendations from the management literature
  • Explain the structure, organization, policy-making, delivery and financing of the U.S. healthcare system, and how these features affect system performance in terms of efficiency, quality, equity and effectiveness
  • Apply management principles and systems thinking to planning, organizing, leading and controlling healthcare enterprises
  • Apply skills in financial accounting and analysis to healthcare administration decisions across multiple sectors
  • Apply principles of health economics in analyzing the behavior of healthcare market stakeholders
  • Apply policy analysis skills to agenda setting and policy implementation with a firm understanding of available points of access in the policy-making process

HPM-Specific Courses

Like all OOMPH students, you will take the Health Policy and Management breadth course. To complete the HPM concentration within OOMPH, you will take six additional required courses that include three courses in healthcare management, one course in health policy and two courses in health economics. The three management courses span strategy, organizations and finance. They provide you with theories, case studies, leadership strategies and analytic tools. In the health policy course, you will build upon the HPM breadth course by gaining a deeper understanding of policy analysis so you can craft policy via policy briefs, regulatory comments and media advocacy. The two health economics courses provide you with economic-based analytic tools that can be applied to both management and policy settings. Scroll below to read full course descriptions.


Health Policy and Management

PH W200E

Gain an overview of the U.S. healthcare system, including its delivery system and financing, as well as how health policy is made. Health policy and management applies concepts from economics, organizational behavior and political science to the structure, financing and regulation of healthcare delivery systems and public health. Some of the key learning and objectives and competencies include:

  • Understanding the policy-making process and the respective roles of government, science and markets
  • Identifying the main components and issues in the organization and payment methods for healthcare and public health services delivery
  • Learning about heathcare and health performance measurement and improvement
  • Recognizing the impact of the Affordable Care Act on healthcare delivery and financing health outcomes

Your Professor: Robin Flagg, MPH, Ph.D.

Robin Flagg is a lecturer in health policy and management. She received her doctorate in health services and policy analysis and her MPH in health policy and administration from UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Her research interests include governor decision-making under the Affordable Care Act, particularly with respect to states’ decisions to expand Medicaid. She has policy development and advocacy experience with numerous organizations, including California Association of Public Hospitals, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kaiser Permanente and California Medical Association.


Strategic Management and the Health Sector

PH W223

Develop your leadership skills with regard to strategic planning, analysis, and implementation. As a leader, discover how to take into account a wide variety of internal and external factors to improve organization and system performance in meeting the health needs of individuals and communities. You focus on the importance of developing and implementing innovative strategies and the process of innovation itself. Some of the key learning objectives and competencies include:

  • Developing of mission and vision statements that provide strategic direction to an organization
  • Analyzing an organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Identifying the factors associated with successful innovations
  • Understanding the roles of change management, leadership and marketing in successful strategy implementation

Your Professor: Joseph Houska, Ph.D.

Joseph Houska is a lecturer in health policy and management. He had a 34-year career in the health sector, with Blue Cross of California and Kaiser Permanente where he worked in market research, financial forecasting, organizational design, strategic planning, and performance improvement. He received his doctorate in political science from Yale University and taught at Boston University, Stanford University and UC Berkeley before beginning his career in the health sector.


Health Care Organization and Management

PH W224

Gain an introduction to the active theories and perspectives in management and organizational theory. You will gain a solid comprehension of a diverse set of frameworks and theories relevant to understanding healthcare delivery and public health organizations. Some of the key learning objectives and competencies include:

  • Learning how to effectively manage the complex demands and arrangements in healthcare and public health organizations
  • Leveraging a diverse set of frameworks and theories to understand how healthcare organizations work
  • Understanding the dynamics of teams and how to improve their performance

Your Co-Professor: Hector Rodriguez, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Rodriguez is associate professor of health policy and management, associate director of the new Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research (CHOIR), and chair of the Ph.D. Program in Health Services and Policy Analysis at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. His expertise is in organizational analysis and performance measurement in health care delivery and local public health systems. He has published extensively on the measurement of patient care experiences and the impact of delivery system interventions on patient outcomes, including the impact of performance-based financial incentives on primary care quality. Dr. Rodriguez is a board member of the Davita Healthcare Partners Institute for Applied Research and Education, the Academy Health Article-of-the-Year selection committee, and is a technical advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their research portfolio focused on systems and services research. He received his doctorate in health policy/medical sociology from Harvard University and his MPH in health policy and administration from University of California, Berkeley.

Your Co-Professor: John Myovich, M.B.A.

John Myovich is a Managing Director of Performance Excellence at Kaiser Permanente and a Lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. His expertise is in performance improvement, financial analysis, strategy and planning. He has led several major initiatives in the area of performance management, hospital efficiency, quality, continuum of care, service delivery planning as well as technology implementations (electronic medical record). Throughout his career, he has taught a variety of health care and finance classes at Kaiser Permanente and externally at the International Business College, San Francisco and UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He received an M.B.A. in Finance from California State University, East Bay and Executive Leadership Program degree from the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler.


Health Care Finance

PH W227A

Learn the important role finance plays in health care by understanding financial and accounting concepts needed by all health professionals. You will understand the techniques needed to analyze an organization’s financial performance. The class uses applied healthcare examples and real-world case studies. Some of the key learning objectives and competencies include:

  • Understanding theory, principles and application of healthcare finance and basic accounting
  • Learning basic techniques to analyze the financial performance of an organization and its programs
  • Appreciating the role of financial planning in an organization’s success
  • Analyzing financial and payment incentives facing the healthcare product, financing and delivery sectors

Your Professor: Kimberly MacPherson, MPH, MBA

Kimberly MacPherson is the director of the on-campus MPH and MPH/MBA Program for the division of Health Policy and Management. She is also the co-director of the Berkeley Center for Health Technology and associate director at the Graduate Program in Health Management. Her research interests include policy and management of biomedical innovation, market analysis of the healthcare workforce, and strategic management and planning. She received her MPH and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.


Health Policy

PHW220

Become a more engaged health policy analyst and learn how to apply policy-making tools (such as policy memos and briefs, legislative analysis, regulatory comments, media advocacy and public testimony) to actual healthcare and health issues and problems. Through individual and group work, you will draw upon both verbal and written communication skills to effectuate health policy change. Some of the key learning objectives and competencies include:

  • Drawing upon an understanding of the power of language and framing to develop health policy messages using enhanced verbal and written communication tools
  • Using learned techniques to develop and assess policy alternatives in order to analyze health policies from diverse stakeholder perspectives
  • Evaluating the political and social consequences of proposed policies when measuring the trade-offs among policies
  • Describing the United States’ institutional players (such as legislative, administrative and judicial), their roles in policy making and how to influence policy outcomes

Your Professor: Robin Flagg, MPH, Ph.D.

Robin Flagg is a lecturer in health policy and management. She received her doctorate in health services and policy analysis and her MPH in health policy and administration from UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Her research interests include governor decision-making under the Affordable Care Act, particularly with respect to states’ decisions to expand Medicaid. She has policy development and advocacy experience with numerous organizations, including California Association of Public Hospitals, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kaiser Permanente and California Medical Association.


Economics of Population Health

PH W226C

Explore the economics evidence base and tools to evaluate economic factors and interventions that shape the health of populations. You will learn cost-effectiveness analysis tools and be able to understand and apply key cost-benefit analysis tools used by economists to evaluate the relative effectiveness and costs of policies and interventions. Some of the key learning objectives and competencies include:

  • Applying evidence-based principles to critical evaluation and decision-making in public health, by understanding and deploying key cost-benefit analysis tools used by economists to evaluate the relative effectiveness and costs of policies and interventions
  • Understanding key theoretical concepts underlying economic approaches to prevention programs and policies
  • Identifying the role that policies play in facilitating public health outcomes, by understanding the state of knowledge regarding promising economic approaches to improving population health

Your Professor: William H. Dow, Ph.D.

William Dow is the Henry J. Kaiser Professor of Health Economics. His research interests include health economics, global health and economic demography.Dow also teaches Microeconomics of Health Care Policy, Public Health and the Economy, and Applied Econometrics. He received his B.A. in Economics (Summa Cum Laude) from Cornell University and went on to obtain his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.


Health Economics

PH W226A

Use an economics lens to better understand and evaluate the U.S. healthcare system and health outcomes. Learn about healthcare expenditure trends, healthcare markets and the government’s role. You will discuss how health and health care are financed, particularly how reimbursement models influence health-care delivery. Examine health-care markets such as health care, health workforce, medical education, hospitals and pharmaceuticals. Finally, you will analyze the Affordable Care Act’s impact on health-care financing and delivery.

Your Professor: Brent Fulton, Ph.D., MBA

Brent D. Fulton is an assistant adjunct professor of health economics and public policy. He is the associate director of theNicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare and the Global Center for Health Economics and Policy Research. Fulton is also the faculty director of the OOMPH HPM concentration. His research interests include healthcare markets, health insurance, health workforce and mental health services. His doctorate is in public policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School and his M.B.A. is from The Anderson School at UCLA. Read more about Fulton.

Sample Course Schedule for Health Policy and Management Concentration

The following graphic shows a sample course schedule over seven semesters, in which you take two courses per semester. In the first year, you will generally take breadth courses, and in the second year you will generally take the required HPM concentration courses. The one exception is that you will take Health Care Organizations and Management—a required HPM course—your first year if you start in the spring or summer; you can take this course in your first or third year if you start in the fall. In the third year, you will take electives, some of which we recommend for HPM students. You can click on the dropdown to select a spring, summer or fall semester start to see how the course offerings change. Note: The course offerings may be adjusted over time as the curriculum evolves.

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Next step: graduation

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