What Can I do with My Health Care Management and Policy Major?

Overview

The Health Policy and Management program provides a unique opportunity for individuals interested in the strong liberal arts background for which Georgetown is renowned, combined with an equally strong focus in the area of health management and health policy. The program has a special relationship with MedStar Health, a leading integrated health system that provides internship opportunities for many of the students, as well as a strong research base for faculty and graduate students. In addition, students’ experiences are enriched by collaborative relationships that exist with other schools on campus, notably the School of the Public Policy Institute, the School of Foreign Service, and the Georgetown University Medical School.

The curriculum builds on a strong liberal arts base and is organized around a framework that includes a broad overview of the components and dynamics of health systems, close examination of the organization and management of health services organizations, an analysis of the impact of policy and politics on health systems, and introduction to epidemiology and the health of populations. In addition, students take classes in international health, health economics, and health policy. The senior year includes a semester-long internship in a health services delivery organization under the preceptorship of an experienced executive, during which the student completes a project that is of value to the host organization. Students and graduates distinguish themselves with their in-depth understanding of all dimensions of providing quality health care.

Graduates of the program are prepared to enter a wide variety of health service delivery organizations and the organizations that regulate, finance and supply health services. Opportunities include staff positions in hospitals, community clinics, medical group practices, health systems corporations, health insurance companies, professional associations, pharmaceutical and supply companies, government agencies, consulting companies and public relations firms.

Skills

The Health Care Management and Policy major allows for the development of a core set of skills sought after by a wide range of health care employers. A sample of representative skills and abilities follows.

Business & Critical Thinking

  • Understanding management theory, concepts and skills
  • Ability to use quantitative skills to analyze and plan
  • Understanding of financial management and systems
  • Understanding of economics
  • Awareness of legal issues related to health care
  • Use of realistic business planning skills
  • Use of systematic analysis to increase understanding of complex organizations
  • Ability to assemble necessary and appropriate information

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal

  • Team work
  • Ability to form positive working relationships
  • Understanding of organizational behavior and dynamics
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work independently, thoughtfully and resourcefully
  • Management skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills

Health Care

  • Epidemiological knowledge
  • Knowledge of health care environments
  • Understanding and knowledge of human behavior
  • Knowledge of medical care systems and facilities
  • Deep understanding of quality health care
  • In-depth knowledge of the most complex of all organizations, the hospital
Sample Internship and Job Opportunities

Health Maintenance Organizations (e.g., Kaiser Permanente)

Medical Group Practices

Health Insurance Providers (e.g., Blue Cross/Blue Shield)

Community Hospitals (e.g., Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University Hospital, etc.)

Government Agencies (e.g., District of Columbia Health Department)

Where are Georgetown Health Care Management and Policy Majors Now?

  • Hospital middle management in departments such as admissions, finance, diagnostic laboratories, outpatient services, information services, etc.
  • Managed care middle management in departments such as enrollment, marketing and provider relations
  • Consulting firms positions such as project analysts, researchers, client relations specialists, project analysts, and marketing specialists
  • Pharmaceutical company positions such as marketing specialists, provider relations specialists, etc.
  • Long-term care administrators such as nursing home management, home health agency administration
  • Project or program managers
  • Medical group positions such as management and practice administrators
  • Professor
  • Health systems financial manager
  • Professional and trade associations positions such as marketing specialist, member services
  • Representative, researcher, publications specialist
  • Educational program manager
  • Hospital administrator
Relevant Web Sites

Department of Healthcare Management and Policy at Georgetown

Professional Organizations

American College of Health Care Executives

Canadian College of Health Service Executives

American Medical Group Management Association

American College of Health Care Administrators

For information about career options, internship and full-time opportunities, contact the Career Education Center at One Leavey Center, (202) 687-3493. For more information about the major and degree requirements, contact Natalie Grigorian at (202) 687-8521 or e-mail her at ng97@georgetown.edu.