College of Public Health students graduating

Health Services Management now Health Management and Policy

The College of Public Health is pleased to announce that the Department of Health Services Management is now recognized as the Department of Health Management and Policy. 

Since its creation in 2004, the College of Public Health has utilized the original departmental organizational structure to grow and successfully achieve re-accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and re-accreditation for the MHA degree program from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).  As the College moves from a founding phase, it is appropriate to assess structure, build on strengths and forge new directions that are consistent with the changing environment of higher education in public health, and health care administration. 

As part of an internal assessment that took place early in 2012 the CPH Faculty Council and Dean Stephen Wyatt organized a task force, with broad-based representation with the College, to solicit feedback from the College faculty, staff, and students, on how the original organizational structure of the College is meeting current needs. The Task Force for Organizational Structure met routinely during 2012, and identified several potential issues for consideration by the College faculty. 

One of the issues the Task Force identified was related to their review of the departmental structure of other leading Colleges of Public Health in the US, where health policy was a distinct area of focus.   The Task Force subsequently recommended that ‘policy’ should be included in a CPH departmental title, specifically the Department of Health Services Management.

Ty Borders, PhD, chair of the department, explained, “The change to Health Management and Policy better reflects the breadth of the department’s objectives, which are to educate the next generation of managers, policy leaders, and investigators in both the personal and public sectors of the health system and to generate state-of-the art health services and systems research that informs decisions about how to better organize and allocate resources to improve the equity, efficiency, and effectiveness of health services and, ultimately, population health.”

The change was approved and made effective by the UK Board of Trustees on December 17, 2013.  

More information about the Department of Health Management and Policy’s educational and research programs can be found at http://www.uky.edu/publichealth/departments/health-management-and-policy