Department of
Health Systems & Policy
At New Brunswick

Letter from the Chair

The Department of Health Systems & Policy (HSAP) prepares students to address the significant health care challenges that lie ahead, including health reform debates, efforts to eliminate health and health care disparities, and the design of cost-effective health systems that offer quality health care.

The faculty has particular strengths in the areas of applied health economics, health services research and health politics. Members of the department have extensive experience conducting analyses of individual and household behavior regarding access to and use of health services; enrollment in private and public health insurance; the relationship between employment and health insurance status; the determinants of population health status, including the role played by economic and behavioral factors; and responses to health policy interventions such as state-specific and federal reform regulations. The department faculty members work to inform health policy through economic, political, social, and behavioral research.

The Department has students from New Jersey and around the world…many with significant prior work experience within the health system…that serves to enrich classroom discussions and expand perspectives. Our alumni pursue careers in health policy analysis, health services research as well as health care management both within New Jersey and outside the state. Our courses are designed to teach students critical thinking and applied problem-solving skills. 

Along with our core course on health systems and policy, the department offers a range of courses, including health economics, health politics and policy, population health & public policy. Recently, we have also developed courses on comparative health systems and mental health policy -- and our newest course focuses on global food systems and policy.

We strive to provide experiences outside the classroom to enrich the learning experience. Students have the opportunity to work on real world, timely fieldwork research projects.  Courses often provide public health experiences, including opportunities to work in poor and vulnerable communities in NJ, the rest of the US and around the world. 

Michael K. Gusmano, PhD
Associate Professor of Health Policy
p. 732-235-9754
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