American University of Beirut

Health Management and Policy Department

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Health Management and Policy Department (HMPD) advances the field of health systems, policy and management through excellence in education, research and practice that is relevant to Lebanon and the Global south. HMPD is considered as a leader in producing health systems and policy research in the Arab World. Through the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, HMPD provides graduate students with the skills they need to lead and manage health care organizations and systems. Research interests of departmental members include areas related to health policy, policymaking, health financing and management, human resources for health, quality of care, patient safety, accreditation, role of civil society in policy, health in conflict, and the role of community networks in impacting health.

HMPD prepares students and learners to become leaders and influencers in health care organizations and systems. The multidisciplinary curriculum at HMPD allows students to gain conceptual, analytical and practical skills in health management, health policy and decision-making, strategic planning, human resources management, performance improvement, health information systems, budgeting, program and policy evaluation and knowledge translation.

Throughout the years, HMPD has informed and influenced health systems, management practices and policies in Lebanon and the region.  HMPD has strong connections to overseas institutions, and its faculty members have direct links with policymakers, stakeholders and influencers in Lebanon and the region. Our departmental members have a wide range of expertise not limited to Lebanon but also extending to the Arab region and beyond. In addition to their teaching, they are also engaged in research that is impact oriented and aims to improve health systems. Departmental members regularly engage with policymakers and stakeholders in effort to build and sustain collaborations and partnerships; students are regularly exposed to these interactions through course work and get the opportunity to listen to real life experiences and understand the roles of different stakeholders in the decision making process.

Graduates from HMPD have assumed leadership roles in public health systems at the national, regional and global levels. The department hosts the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership (EMHCL) which is  designed for professionals who have significant responsibility in the healthcare sector; including those from care delivery, pharmaceutical and product manufacturing, healthcare consulting, health management systems, insurance, patient advocacy, public health, policy and regulation institutions. HMPD also have a Health Leadership Academy (HLA) a CPH-accredited Executive Program that offers a set of consecutive modules, three days each, addressing key topics under the broad theme of leadership in healthcare and bringing hands-on experience of leading experts in the field.

 HLA modules will be centered on leadership using a multi-disciplinary approach. It ultimately aims to improve healthcare in the MENA region through developing capacities of healthcare professionals and practitioners as well as creating an environment favorable for knowledge transfer among professionals and experts.​​​

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