Jefferson to Establish New School of Health Policy and Population Health

October 6, 2008 ( - Robert L. Barchi, M.D., Ph.D., President of Thomas Jefferson University, has announced the establishment of the Jefferson School of Health Policy and Population Health (JSHPPH), which will begin enrolling students for September 2009.

According to an announcement, the interdisciplinary curriculum design of the new school allows medical, nursing, and allied health students to take classes together to help them better prepare for and understand areas of health policy, population health, and health-care quality and safety. The curriculum has been designed to appeal to both recent college graduates and working professionals, and classes will be offered both online and in a traditional classroom format.

“The need to address the healthcare crisis in the United States – its quality, safety, affordability and accessibility, is incontrovertible,” says Dr. Nash, who also serves as the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy. “It is no longer possible to prepare high-quality healthcare providers and educators without addressing these issues holistically from the perspective of population health and with the tools of health policy analysis.”

The mission of JSHPPH will be to prepare leaders with global vision to develop, implement and evaluate health policies and systems that improve the health of populations and thereby enhance overall quality of life, according to the announcement. The School will provide graduate academic programming, continuing education courses and conferences, and sustained research and consulting in areas of health policy, population health and healthcare quality and safety.

Jefferson will be the only university in the nation to offer a Master’s Degree in Chronic Care Management, according to the announcement. “This program will prepare graduates to develop, implement and evaluate coordinated, system-based strategies to effectively prevent and manage complex health conditions of populations; and to promote patient engagement in shared decision-making,” according to a press release.

JSHPPH will offer a Master’s Degree in Health Policy, as well as doctoral programs in Health Policy (Ph.D. or Dr.HP.) and Population Health Sciences (Ph.D.). Certificate programs will also be offered in each area and new dual degree programs are planned as future additions to the school.

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