Health Care @ Heinz College

Health Care @ Heinz

The health care industry is booming. The U.S. Bureau of Labor notes that employment in the health care sector has climbed sharply over the past 25 years, even during the 2008 financial crisis, and economists predict continued job growth into the coming decades. In fact, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report that health care will consume nearly 20 percent of the U.S. economy by 2024. This rapidly evolving sector of the U.S. economy requires creative, business-minded leaders to shape the future of the industry. As health care’s impact continues to grow, these leaders will manage complex, data-driven systems that influence everything from medical records to payroll. They will support and administer medical practitioners in providing high-quality, cost-effective care to patients to ensure their long-term health and wellness. Therefore, it is important for students to consider exploring the Health Care related courses at the Heinz College. Students interested in this Health Care have the opportunity to take various courses in health informatics, health management, and health policy. These courses will allow students to pursue degrees in either the private or public sector. To learn more about courses, practical experience, and potential employers we offer, please click on the links [below].



About the Health Care @ Heinz College

If you are unfamiliar with healthcare as practiced in the U.S. but would like to know more about the history of healthcare reform: and Introduction to the US Health Care system



The Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management program gives student a strong understanding of all 3 components related to Health Care: Policy, Public Health and Health Administration. Heinz College's core curriculum provides a firm but flexible foundation for students interested in all three of these areas. Futhermore, the concentrations that we offer in Health Care IT and Analytics, Health Care Policy and Health Care Management further strengthen your understadning of this industry and how to navigate it successfully.



Relevant Heinz elective courses (see for descriptions)

  • Health Informatics courses
    • 90-820 Health Care Information Security
    • 90-834 Health Care Geographical Information Systems
    • 94-706 Health Care Information Systems
  • Healthcare Management courses
    • 90-721 Health Care Management
    • 90-811 Foundations of Social Innovation and Enterprise
    • 90-830 Introduction to Financial Management of Health Care
    • 90-831 Advanced Financial Management of Health Care
    • 90-810 Introduction of Supply Chain Management and Systems
  • Health Policy courses
    • 90-818 Health Care Quality & Performance Improvement
    • 90-820 Health Care Information Security
    • 90-833 Population Health
    • 90-834 Health Care Geographical Information Systems
    • 90-836 Health Systems* (this course is a pre-requisite for many of the health care courses offered)
    • 90-861 Health Policy
    • 94-705 Health Economics
    • 94-812 Technology for International Development


Additional courses across campus

Tepper School of Business

  • 70-476 Healthcare Management to Service Operations Management
  • 70-438 Commercialization and Innovation
  • 73-328 Health Economics
  • 73-357 Regulation: Theory and Policy


Carnegie Institute of Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering

  • 42-101 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • 42-699 Special Topics* (topics will be based on cost saving with regards to the affordable health care act, medicine for under-resourced settings, and global health


Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 76-494 Healthcare Communications
  • 79-300 History of American Public Policy
  • 79-318 Sustainable Social Change: History and Practice
  • 79-329 Health and the Environment in US History
  • 79-330 Medicine and Society
  • 79-331 Body Politics: Women and Health in America
  • 79-382 History of Biomedical Research
  • 79-383 Epidemic Disease and Public Health
  • 80-245 Medical Ethics
  • 80-348 Health Development and Human Rights
  • 88-115 Risk Communications for Health Decisions
  • 88-365 Behavioral Economics and Public Policy
  • 88-367 Behavior Economics in the Wild
  • 88-405 Risk Perception and Communication
  • 88-407 Health Risk Communication
  • 67-361 Big Data & Sustainability
  • 36-461 Special Topics* (Case studies and examples will be primarily from the public health sciences)
  • 85-219 Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • 85-241 Social Psychology
  • 85-358 Pro-Social Behavior
  • 85-442 Health Psychology
  • 85-443 Social Factors and Well-Being
  • 85-446 Psychology of Gender
  • 85-501 Stress, Coping and Well-Being




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Denise Rousseau, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy (Faculty Chair)

Professor Rousseau's research focuses upon the impact workers have on the employment relationship and the firms that employ them. It informs critical concerns such as worker well-being and career development, organizational effectiveness, the management of change, firm ownership and governance, and industrial relations.

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Amelia Haviland, Associate Professor of Statistics and Health Policy

Dr. Haviland’s research focuses on causal analysis with observational data and analysis of longitudinal and complex survey data applied to policy issues in health and criminology.

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Daniel Neill, Associate Professor of Information Systems

Professor Neill's research interests include machine learning, data mining, artificial intelligence, and health care information systems. He is particularly interested in developing methods for automatic detection and investigation of emerging events and other anomalous or interesting patterns in massive real-world datasets.

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James F. Jordan, Distinguished Service Professor of Healthcare & Biotechnology Management, Sr. Director of Healthcare and Biotechnology Programs

James F. Jordan is an accomplished global Fortune 20-level executive and a recognized expert in market development and guiding the successful formation of entrepreneurial startup businesses in the Life Sciences Industry. Jordan currently serves as the Vice President/Chief Investment Officer at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, focusing on early-stage company formation as well as the commercialization of later-stage technologies and opportunities. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President at a $3.0 billion division of McKesson Corporation, and prior to that was Vice President, Marketing at Johnson & Johnson, responsible for a broad portfolio of diagnostic and interventional cardiology products in a fast-paced, technology-driven market with short product lifecycles.

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Kristen Kurland, Professor of Architecture, Information Systems, and Public Policy

Professor Kurland's research focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations using geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis. Projects include health, the built environment, economic development, urban design, and sustainability.

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Laura Synnott, Associate Teaching Professor, Health Care Policy and Management

Professor Synnott teaches Project Management to students throughout the Heinz College. Additionally, she teaches Health Care Management and advises Systems Synthesis projects for students in the MSHCPM program, and teaches a capstone course, Managing Mergers, Alliances and Divestitures to the physicians enrolled in the MMM degree program

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Martin Gaynor, Professor of Economics and Health Policy

Professor Gaynor's research focuses on competition in health care markets and on the role of incentive structures within health care. This is being investigated within the context of the current rapidly changing structure of health care markets, with implications for appropriate antitrust and regulatory policy in this area.

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Rema Padman, Professor of Management Science & Healthcare Informatics

Professor Padman's research addresses problems at the interface of healthcare, information technology and management science, particularly healthcare information systems, operational planning and management, and data mining and decision support methods.



Health Care Cost Institute


HCCI is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a public-interest mission. Its overarching goal is to provide complete, accurate, unbiased information about health care utilization and costs to better understand the US health care system. Through research and access to a large health insurance claims database, HCCI seeks to offer answers to critical questions about health care spending and utilization for the entire privately insured health population.


Disruptive Health Technology Institute


DHTI was formally launched in June 2013 and announced the first investment of $11 million from Highmark in a multi-year program aimed at increasing the affordability, simplicity, and accessibility of health care. This generous investment will support the funding of CMU-led projects with anticipated impact to a large population and the ability to provide substantial health care savings, as well as likely success in improving patient safety and quality of life.


Events, Seminars, Workshops, and Site Visits

Each year Heinz College also offers a series of events, seminars and workshops free to Heinz students. Examples of recent events include:

  • Networking Session
  • ALung Site Visit
  • Healthcare Club/Biopharma Networking Happy Hour
  • Western PA HIMSS Networking Event
  • ACA Enrollment Station Volunteer Opportunity
  • University of Pittsburgh Speaker Series: Agent Based Modeling
  • Health Insurance Exchanges Forum
  • Excela Health Site Visit
  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Site Visit
  • DC Employer Trek
  • Health Care Club Speaker Series: Emergency Preparedness Law as it relates to the U.S. Public Health System
  • DC Colloquium
  • DC Networking Event

Practical Experience 

Internships, Part-Time Opportunities and Systems Projects

Our students blend their classroom experience with real world application of their skills, while they are in school by:

  • working on a part-time basis during the school year (sample list below)
  • completing the required 10-week full-time internship over the summer (sample list of organizations below)
  • completing a comprehensive team-based project for an actual client

Here is a sample of the organizations that have sponsored internships and other part-time health-related employment opportunities for Heinz students over the years:

  • UPMC
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Partners Healthcare
  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • American Institute of Research


All students must complete a system synthesis project to graduate. This is a full semester project where a team of students works with a real client. Here are some recent titles of system projects on health care clients served.

  • UPMC: ROI Model for Convergence
  • Kids Plus Pediatrics: Reducing Variability in Well-Visits
  • JHF: Creating the Health Care Quality Report-The Role of a Qualified Entity in Driving Data Transparence and Community Reporting
  • UPMC: Healthcare Value Analysis
  • Wellpoint: Tracking interest in health insurance using social media and search data
  • TMA: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
  • UPMC Process Assessment
  • VA DREAM Project


Potential Employers

Finally, here are some examples of recent and veteran Heinz employers:

  • UPMC
  • Highmark
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Avalere
  • Epic
  • Deloitte
  • Allegheny Health Choices
  • Optimal Solutions
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Cigna
  • Veteran’s Administration
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • PwC
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • The Advisory Board Company


Conference Funding 

Through Heinz College’s Student Affairs department, students can receive funding for conferences of interest to them. Some conferences related to in the U.S. include:

Contact Us 

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