The Department of Health Systems & Policy (HSAP) prepares students to address the significant health care challenges that lie ahead--from expansion of health insurance coverage and elimination of disparities to the design of cost-effective health systems that offer quality health care.
The faculty has particular strengths in the area of applied health economics and health services research. 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. Through its Center for Health Economics and Health Policy department faculty members work to inform health policy through economic, 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.
In Fall 2013, the Department offered two new courses: Data for Health Services Research and Policy and Population Health and Public Policy. The HSAP Department also offers several elective courses that are part of the Global Health Certificate, including Theories of Development and Global Health.
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, such as our course Public Health Applications in Developing Countries that includes a field experience in the Dominican Republic working in poor communities with Haitian sugarcane cutters and their families
Alan C. Monheit, PhD
Professor of Health Economics and Chair
Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs
Director, Center for Health Economics and Health Policy