Career Development

Graduates are prepared to fill the demand for professionals in many different areas including:

  • Acute care provider organizations such as health systems, hospitals, clinics, and community health centers
  • Public health and public policy organizations such as the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local health departments
  • Consulting firms (management or policy students)
  • Health insurance firms
  • Managed care organizations
  • Research/policy advocacy organizations

HMP graduates are sought by a diversity of organizations that want to hire and develop promising professional talent. Many HMP students have offers of employment before they finish their last semester in the program. Recent graduates have accepted positions in health care provider organizations, consulting, health insurance, government, and trade associations.

Many of our students choose initial opportunities that emphasize training, such as the administrative fellowships, offered by large health care providers. Fellowships are one- to two-year entry-level positions, with competitive salaries, in major health services organizations. Administrative fellows work under the mentorship of high level executives within an organization, usually a CEO, president, or vice-president. Our graduates routinely win these posts at the nation's most prominent institutions.

Our graduates also compete successfully for a similar learning opportunity with the federal government, the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF).

Starting salaries for our graduates are comparable with the earnings of MBAs in smaller or service-oriented industries and with salaries for government positions requiring advanced degrees. Our graduates often put higher priority on other values, such as the learning opportunity and the contribution to society.

Career Preparation

Members of the faculty meet to define career goals and to discuss job search procedures. Students receive assistance through SPH Career Services in preparing resumes, writing cover letters, and interviewing. Faculty also run seminars to acquaint students with the various facets of the industry, and the skills and interests that best fit those different aspects.

Student groups host industry speakers who discuss their own careers and career options for the students as well as hold mock interviews between alumni and students.

A significant number of employers come to our campus to interview students. HMP students are also welcome to attend recruitment visits and job fairs held by other schools and departments on campus, including the Ross School of Business and LS&A.

Additional assistance comes from our alumni, with whom we have an extensive and active networking system. They are located throughout the 50 states and internationally. Many of our alumni are top-level executives who lend significant support in placing program graduates.