The Program in Health Policy Studies (HPS) provides interdisciplinary perspectives on health policy and the healthcare system to students interested in the various health professions.

One of the most important elements of American society is its healthcare system. A vast and complex enterprise, it provides vital services to the entire population and is one of the largest employers in the country. The program in Health Policy Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn provides interdisciplinary perspectives on health policy and the healthcare system to students interested in the various health professions. A major or minor in HPS is essential preparation for those students who wish to work in the healthcare industry or who plan to pursue graduate study in medicine, pharmacy, public health or nursing. Health Policy Studies is a topic-oriented interdisciplinary program with an applied orientation that draws on several scholarly disciplines, including ethics, law, sociology, economics, finance, information systems and management.

  • Program Goals

    Upon completion of the HPS degree a student will demonstrate the ability to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the organization of the U.S. health service delivery system
    • Understand major concepts of health care administration and financing
    • Demonstrate understanding of the government organizations and policy processes involved in health policy
    • Show knowledge of determinants of individual and population health and risk factors for illness, health behavior and its impact on the health care system
    • Understand the ethical implications and resource distribution impacts of health policy
  • Degree Requirements

    The HPS major includes 31 credit hours of core courses plus 15 hours in one of seven specialized tracks including: Human Resources, Finances, Information Systems, Marketing, Health Planning, Health Behavior and Health Education, and an Individualized Track.

    A minor in HPS may be obtained by taking 15 credit hours from the HPS core courses.

    Students with an Associate Degree in Applied Science from community college allied health programs such as nursing (RN), health information technology, respiratory therapy assistant, radiography technician, surgical technology, physical therapist assistant, pharmacy technician and diagnostic medical sonographer may be able to transfer 62 credit hours of allied health and nursing courses towards the Health Policy Studies Bachelor's Degree Program.

    Health Policy Studies allows you to be flexible with courses and addresses everyone's individual needs and interests by offering individualized tracks.

                                                                                              (student Amal Tayba)


    Who Should Enroll

    Health Policy Studies (HPS) is a program of study that is suitable for persons seeking employment directly upon graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA). With their unique combination of skills and intellectual background, students who have graduated from UM-Dearborn's HPS program have found entry-level employment in:

    • Hospitals, including management of clinical departments, research, personnel and finance
    • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
    • Ambulatory care clinics
    • Community health organizations
    • Health education and health promotion
    • Marketing
    • Long-term care facilities
    • Health insurance
    • Medical supplies and equipment
    • Pharmaceutical industry
    • Private health consultancies
    • Quality assurance agencies
    • Professional review organizations (PROs)
    • Health Profession Societies


    Students wishing to enter UM-Dearborn would have to meet the 2.5 cumulative GPA and other qualifications required for community college graduates seeking admission.

  • Internships and Co-ops

    Students majoring in HPS are required to take HPS 401, the Health Policy Studies Internship.

    Students combine volunteer work in a healthcare, administrative or research setting with a faculty-directed seminar that utilizes the students’ experiences to develop an understanding of health care system issues and problems.

    Students may also pursue cooperative educational opportunities, which provide paid career-related work experiences.

  • Research Opportunities

    All students majoring in HPS take HPS 402: the Health Policy Studies Senior Seminar, which focuses on current issues and practical problems in health care organization, delivery, and financing. The seminar is taught primarily by individuals responsible for administering or advising health care institutions in southeast Michigan.

    Opportunities to conduct independent research or study under the direction of an HPS faculty member are available in HPS’s two Independent Study courses, HPS 498 and 499. Students interested in such opportunities should consult with an HPS faculty member or the program director.

    Health Policy Studies students frequently present the results of their research at undergraduate research conferences like Meeting of Minds and the Michigan Undergraduate Research Forum and at professional meetings.

  • Student Clubs and Organizations

    Students in Health Policy Studies are often active in UM-Dearborn student activities such as:

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