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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Administration and Policy



J. Kevin Eckert
B.A., Ursinus College, 1969; M.A., Northwestern University, 1973; Ph.D., 1978

Associate Chair

John G. Schumacher
B.S., John Carroll University, 1986; M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1994; M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1997; Ph.D., 2000


Mary E. Stuart
B.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1971; M.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore, 1974; Sc.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1989

Assistant Professors

Andrea L. Kalfoglou
B.A., University of Virginia, 1991; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1999

Jamie L. Trevitt
B.A., Duke University, 2003; M.P.P., Georgetown University, 2006; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 2010

Courses in this program are listed under HAPP.

The Health Administration and Policy Program (HAPP) is designed for career-oriented students who recognize that health and health care in America are major public concerns and who plan to seek employment in one of a variety of administrative, supportive, planning and policy positions. Students may choose an undergraduate emphasis in health services administration, health policy or public health.

Students in the health administration and policy program can expect to achieve the following objectives: a comprehensive understanding of health care issues and the health care system that will underpin various educational and career goals; training in basic administrative, managerial and methodological skills; preparation for entry-level employment in community health and health care organizations and in support systems in the private and public sectors; and preparation for a graduate program leading to an advanced degree in a health related field.

Health administration and policy majors study with instructors and faculty who are working in the health care field or who have had years of applied experience before joining the academic arena. Each instructor brings this practical understanding of the industry into the classroom. For qualified majors there are opportunities to work with faculty members on their personal research or to develop the student’s own research project.

Career and Academic Paths

Upon completion of the Health Administration and Policy Program, students will be prepared for careers in long-term care; hospitals; federal, state and community health agencies and other health-related organizations. After graduation, health administration and policy majors have found employment with such organizations as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Blue-Cross/BlueShield, the University of Maryland Medical Center, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maxim Healthcare and Mercy Hospital. Students also have gone on to graduate study at The Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, Harvard, University of North Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth University and Yale.

Academic Advising

Completion of the Health Administration and Policy Program requires careful coordination of track selection with internship placement. Additionally, a student’s post-baccalaureate plans for either graduate education or immediate employment are important influences on his or her overall academic program and course selections. With these considerations in mind, early and continuous contact should be established with a program advisor.

Evening and Part Time Options

Although many courses are available in the evening, some program courses only are offered during the day. To complete the major, students must have the flexibility to include these courses in their academic schedules.

Special Opportunities

The major can be effectively combined with the B.A./M.A. opportunities in the applied sociology and public policy programs at UMBC. The program offers those with an interest in having an international experience an introductory course in international field research that is linked to a week-long travel experience in Switzerland. Many graduates of UMBC’s health administration and policy program remain actively involved with the program, and have provided current students with internship placements and job opportunities in hospitals, nursing care centers, government and voluntary health organizations.

Student Organizations

The Health Administration and Policy Council of Majors supports and initiates programs of interest to majors. The Bioethics Club is another opportunity to connect with students with similar interests.


    Bachelor of Arts


      Health Administration & Policy Program