Department of Health Care Organization and Policy

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Health Care Organization and Policy

The Department of Health Care Organization and Policy provides training and education at the masters and doctoral level. At the masters level, programs are available for those desiring a career in the analysis of health services policy or in the management of public health services resources. At the doctoral level, programs offer rigorous training in research methods and evidence-based public health practice suitable for careers in public health leadership or academic settings.

Our programs require mastering major concepts of health economics, public health management and planning, health policy, outcomes research, and health services evaluation. We offer a Master of Science in Public Health in Outcomes Research. The Department's Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is offered with the following concentrations: Health Care Organization, General Theory & Practice, Health Policy, Maternal & Child Health Policy & Leadership, and Public Health Preparedness Management & Policy. Additionally, we offer coordinated degree options in Business Administration, Optometry, Public Administration, Nursing, Social Work, and Juris Doctorate.

The Department’s Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree is offered with the following concentrations: Public Health Management, Maternal & Child Health Policy, and Outcomes Research.


Tajeu and Menachemi investigate association between hospital quality and patient satisfaction

Hospital incentive payments are increasingly becoming tied to quality. However, the U.S. health care system continues to face rising health care costs and scarce workforce resources, making improving quality a challenge. Patient satisfaction and process quality are two areas of quality tied to reimbursement—and are associated with positive health outcomes.

Pair of new studies aims to improve maternal and child health in Kenya

HIV has been transformed into a chronic, manageable disease for most people living with HIV in the United States, where mother-to-child transmission of HIV is now a rare occurrence. But in sub-Saharan Africa, new HIV infections in children, and maternal deaths due to HIV, are still major problems. Two new studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham aim to change that.

Recent public health graduate receives national dissertation award

Alva Ferdinand, Dr.P.H., who earned her doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Health Care Organization and Policy in December 2013 and immediately landed a tenure-track position at Texas A&M University, has received the AcademyHealth 2014 “Outstanding Dissertation Award.”


HCOP Upcoming Events

Summer Internship Poster Session
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:00pm
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 11:00am
Thirteenth Annual Janet L. Norwood Award
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 9:30am
Open Houses FALL 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 9:00am