Feb 20, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Administration and Policy

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Health Administration and Policy Core Faculty: 


Katie Birger, Lecturer

Jennifer Callaghan-Koru, Assistant Professor 

Meryl Damasiewicz, Lecturer 

Andrea Kalfoglou, Associate Professor and Director

Mary Stuart, Professor

Jamie Trevitt, Assistant Professor

Department Faculty (Sociology, Anthropology and Health Administration and Policy)


J. Kevin Eckert

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


Associate Chair

Sarah Chard

B.A., Bryn Mawr College, 1991; M.A. Case Western Reserve University, 1995; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 2001 



Marina Adler

B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1981; M.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1984; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1990

J. Kevin Eckert

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

Robert L. Rubinstein

B.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1968; M.A., Bryn Mawr College, 1972; Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 1978

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


Associate Professors

Bambi L. Chapin

B.A., University of Virginia, 1988; M.A., University of California, San Diego, 1998; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2003

Sarah Chard

B.A., Bryn Mawr College, 1991; M.A. Case Western Reserve University, 1995; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 2001

Brandy Harris-Wallace

B.S., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1998; M.A., University of Alabama, 2001; M.S., Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2003; Ph.D., Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2006

Andrea L. Kalfoglou

B.A., University of Virginia, 1991; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1999

Christine A. Mair

B.A., University of Florida, 2005; M.S., North Carolina State University, 2007; Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2011

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., Case Western Reserve University, 2000

Takashi Yamashita

B.A., Tokyo Gakugei University, 2002; M.A., Ball State University, 2007; M.A., Ball State University, 2007; Ph.D., Miami University, 2011

Assistant Professors

Jennifer A. Callaghan-Koru

B.A. University of Virginia, 2002; M.H.S. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2008; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2011

Loren Henderson

B.A., Northwestern University, 2006; M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2008; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014

Dena T. Smith

B.A., Goucher College 2003; MA Rutgers University 2006; Ph.D., Rutgers University 2011.

Jamie L. Trevitt

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


Research Faculty

Senior Research Scientist

Ann Christine Frankowski

B.A., Alfred University, 1965; M.A., Binghamton University, 1970; Ph.D., Indiana University, 1983

Assistant Research Scientist

Laura M. Girling

B.S., Clemson University, 2007; M.S., Loyola University, 2010; Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2015


Senior Lecturer

Nicole M. Cousin-Gossett

B.S., Towson University, 1999; M.A., Temple University, 2001; Ph.D., Temple University, 2010


Katie K. Birger

B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1994; M.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2013

Meryl Damasiewicz

B.S. Morgan State University, 1995; M.A. University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1996 


Courses in this program are listed under HAPP.

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy offers undergraduate majors in Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy, as well as minors in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology. Information on the Health Administration and Policy major are presented here. For information on Sociology and the Anthropology majors, refer to the corresponding sections in this catalog. For more detailed information, see the department's website. 

The Health Administration and Policy major (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 major 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 major, 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

Students majoring in Health Administration and Policy must meet with their Health Administration and Policy advisor each semester during advanced registration to review their progress toward fulfilling major and university requirements but are also encouraged to meet with their advisor at any point during the semester.

Advisors are available to assist students in developing an academic pathway towards graduation, as well as to discuss post graduate education and career options.  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, and completion of the Health Administration and Policy Program requires careful coordination of track selection with internship placement.  With these considerations in mind, early and continuous contact should be established with a program advisor.  Health Administration and Policy majors with another primary major are still strongly encouraged to meet each semester with their Health Administration and Policy advisor. 

Students can declare a Health Administration and Policy major by filling out the Declaration of Major Form, located on Register's website, and making  an appointment with the department's Advising Coordinator.  All Declaration of Major forms must be signed by the Advising Coordinator prior to returning to the Registrar's office.  Students must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 at UMBC to change to HAPP and must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA from time of declaration to graduation.

For more information about the program's advising process or for general questions regarding the Health Administration and Policy Program, please refer to the Department's website.

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 opportunities in the applied sociology and public policy programs at UMBC.


Master's and Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Programs in Applied Sociology

The Master of Arts degree in Applied Sociology and the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's in Applied Sociology focus on the sociology of health; aging; selected aspects of diversity, gender, and culture; and applied research methods. The Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program permits undergraduates with any major to take up to 9 credits of graduate sociology courses in their senior year with the approval of the Graduate Program Director. These courses count for both the bachelor's and the master's degrees. The student receives a bachelor's degree after completing 120 credits and the graduate courses taken during the senior year reduce the number of courses required for the master's degree. The two programs are open to students in all majors. SOCY 101 is required for admission into the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program, and applicants must have also completed at least one upper-level course in a substantive area of sociology (at UMBC). All courses are offered at 4:30pm or 7:10pm, one evening per week. For admission requirements and deadlines please consult the department website. A normal course load for full-time graduate students is 9 credits a semester. Students interested in applying to either program should email Marina Adler, Graduate Program Director, at adler@umbc.edu or Faith Dinh, Graduate Program Coordinator, fdinh1@umbc.edu.

BA/MPP in Public Policy

Undergraduate HAPP majors at UMBC with an interest in U. S. health problems and policies can consider continuing their education at UMBC with a Master of Public Policy (MPP) through the Accelerated Pathways Program. Once accepted into the Accelerated Pathways Program, up to 12 hours of graduate courses can be counted toward both the BA and the MPP.  For more information, students can contact Ms. Sally Helms, at helms@umbc.edu, 410-455-3202.

The university offers multiple opportunities for study abroad, including a course on international field research. Many graduates of UMBC's health administration and policy major 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.


    Bachelor of Arts


      Health Administration & Policy Program

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