A growing Department of Health Services Administration introduced two new Master of Public Health degree programs this fall, one in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation and one in Health Equity, while the Department of Kinesiology launched an MPH program in Physical Activity. The school-wide Health Equity program, which will be administered by HLSA, is the first of its kind in the nation. Reflecting the expansion in programs and student body, new faculty members Dylan H. Roby, assistant professor, and Negin Fouladi, director of the MPH Public Health Practice and Policy program and the Certificate in Principles of Public Health, joined the department.
MPH, Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation
The Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation concentration prepares students to understand, analyze, evaluate and develop health policies that affect population health. The new program utilizes the outstanding expertise in health policy analysis and evaluation of the current and new HLSA faculty.
“Our students in this program benefit from the university’s proximity to federal and policy organizations in Washington, DC that craft and influence national health policy, as well as our connections with the State of Maryland,” said Dr. Franzini, chair and professor in the Department of Health Services Administration.
The Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation program prepares graduates to take leadership positions in government agencies, consulting companies, health care organizations, as well as health policy research organizations.
“As the Affordable Care Act demonstrates, analyzing the intended and unintended effects of health policy implementation is critical to shaping health policy in a way that improves population health,” Dr. Roby said.
Dr. Roby, who previously served on the faculty of UCLA and directed their Health Economics and Evaluation Research program, is an expert in both evaluation of public programs, such as Medicaid demonstration programs and pilots, and health policy analysis, including the ACA’s implications for insurance markets, system redesign and access to care.
MPH, Health Equity
The MPH concentration in Health Equity is an interdisciplinary degree that trains students to recognize and address health disparities. There is a growing recognition within the research and public spheres of the importance of health disparities, which are differences in the health status of different groups of people, including groups identified by race/ethnicity, geographic residence, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability status.
“The School of Public Health is leading efforts to eliminate health disparities to achieve health equity in state of Maryland, the Washington, DC region and across the nation. Our approach is focused on taking action to translate the science of medicine and public health into culturally tailored community based interventions and healthy public policy. We are so excited to educate the next generation of scholars with one of the first MPH Health Equity degrees in the US,” said Stephen B. Thomas, director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity and a professor in the Department of Health Services Administration.
MPH, Physical Activity
The MPH Program in Physical Activity is offered by the Department of Kinesiology, which is ranked among the top 10 kinesiology programs in the country. The department focuses on the interdisciplinary study of physical activity and its complex role in human health.
"The MPH in Physical Activity would appeal to those who see an active lifestyle as a pillar of public health and seek to support and promote movement for all," said Jennie Phillips, who coordinates the MPH in Physical Activity program. "Building on the foundation of public health principles, the kinesiology courses are designed to prepare students to effect change in physical activity habits and opportunities."