Department Overview

While enrolled at Rollins’ Department of Health Policy & Management (HPM), students learn how to positively impact public health through public health policy decisions and health management.

We provide a multidisciplinary course of study that prepares students to meet the changing demands of health care, public health, and health policy environments.

HPM Degree Offerings

Students can earn a master of public health (MPH) in either health policy or health care management. We also offer a 12-month accelerated option for the MPH in health care management program.

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Learn more about the 12-Month Accelerated MPH in Health Care Management »

The master of science in public health (MSPH) degree in health services research is aimed toward students interested in research or pursuing doctoral degrees in the field.

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The PhD degree in health services research and health policy is offered through Emory’s Laney Graduate School, and provides students with extensive research training.

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Which Degree Program Should I Choose?

The three degree programs are distinct and it is important to understand which one best fits your needs. The table below details some of the major differences between the three programs.

MPH Management Track MPH Policy Track MSPH
Program Focus Management Policy Research
Credits Required 42 42 48
12-Month Option? Yes No No
Elective Credits 6 (5 for 1-Month) 6 9
Thesis Option? No No Required
Cohort Size 40 35 7 to 10
Sample Key Skills Accounting, marketing, human resources Advocacy, policy analysis, economics/financing Research design, methods, programming, analysis
Sample Career Paths Managerial at hospital or nursing home Legislative advocacy, consulting Think tank, government, doctoral program


HPM grads go on to work in fields like academia, industry, research and consulting organizations, government, and nonprofits focused on health policy and health services research.


Interdisciplinary in both philosophy and content, HPM courses provide students with a comprehensive background in health status and health services delivery. Coursework is academic and applied—all students gain real-world experience through a required practicum in a public health setting. 


ADAP, Lisa Raines

The Assistant Director of Academic Programs (ADAP), Lisa Raines, can assist with course-related questions.  Advise students with last names A-L

Phone: 404-727-4259



ADAP, Kathy Wollenzien

The Sr. Associate Director of Academic Programs (ADAP), Kathy Wollenzien, can assist with course-related questions. Advise students with last names M-Z

Phone: 404-727-5701



HPM adjunct faculty all work in the health sector. They teach courses and give students a professional practice perspective in an ever changing and evolving health-care system.

HPM faculty backgrounds span a variety of disciplines, including: economics, political science, management, epidemiology, and sociology, as well as clinical health sciences.

Research Themes

Specific Diseases and Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Chronic Disease
  • Neuropsychiatric
  • Obesity
  • Reproductive Health Transplantation
  • Women's Health

Determinants of Personal and Population Health 

  • Disparities
  • Access to healthcare
  • Health Literacy
  • Quality of Healthcare
  • Healthcare Financing
  • Cost of Healthcare
  • Healthcare Outcomes 

Approaches and Methods

  • Cost Effectiveness Analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Quality of Life Measures
  • Mixed Methods
  • Outcomes Measurement
  • Managing Secondary Databases
  • Qualitative Methods


Collaborative research occurs between the Department of Health Policy & Management and other components of Emory University, The Carter Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local hospitals, health care institutions and organizations, voluntary organizations, corporations, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank, among others.

I believe the education I received at Rollins (both inside and outside of the classroom) truly set me up for success now and in the future.
 Hersh Gupta

Hersh Gupta

MPH, HPM alumni