Facts & Figures
“The tip of the spear” is how Dean Emeritus Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87, describes the Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM). By collecting data on morbidity and mortality, then carefully analyzing the roles of social, environmental and behavioral factors, public health researchers can identify how disease is transmitted and how it can be prevented and treated most effectively.
The Department boasts a diverse, interdisciplinary group of scholars—from social scientists and health economists to legal scholars, policy analysts, management scientists and ethicists. Many hold joint appointments in the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering, and the Department benefits from well-established collaborations with the faculty, students and patients of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
The faculty’s unmatched policymaking expertise provides a sound basis for effecting constructive systemic changes for promoting health, monitoring and evaluating the results of those changes, and training tomorrow’s leading policymakers and administrators.
We strive to identify and implement policy options that protect the health of populations; to develop strategies that improve access, financing, organization, and delivery of preventive and curative health services, particularly as they affect the most vulnerable; and to identify strategies for enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of the health care system in addressing the most pressing medical and mental health problems.
The faculty seek to prevent disease and disability by educating future public health leaders and researching the causes and possible remedies of significant public health problems facing our nation and other industrialized countries.
The Department of Health Policy and Management is home to 15 research and practice-based centers and institutes that focus on a range of public health issues; and co-directs the Johns Hopkins-Pompeu Fabra University Public Policy Center, a collaboration between Johns Hopkins University, the Bloomberg School and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. The Department is also affiliated with the university-wide Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.