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Online master’s degree in population and health systems management earns national innovation honors

The College of Health Sciences’ online Master of Population and Health Systems Management is getting national attention less than a year after it began. The program has been honored with this year’s Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education’s George and Regi Herzlinger Innovation Education Award. Program director Jenni Gudapati will receive the award at the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress in Chicago in March.

The award focuses on invention, evaluation and adoption of innovation in health care, recognizing and encouraging schools that are bringing innovation education to healthcare management programs.

The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education is the leading accreditation body nationally for healthcare management education programs. The Boise State program, a collaboration with the Healthcare Financial Management Association, is one of five programs leading the way nationally with accreditation of population health management programs.

What sets this program apart from the rest?

In this video, learn more about the program from current faculty and students. Closed captions are available and a descriptive transcript is provided.

Shaping healthcare education and future healthcare practices

The Boise State program is shaping healthcare education through the lens of population health, risk mitigation and finance with the aim of delivering a quality, real-world experience focused on the patient journey. Content bridges the gaps between the clinical, operational and financial fields.

“Our goal is to create an interactive learning community dedicated to building healthcare innovators, trained in synthetic thought, to transform the current system,” Gudapati said. “The goal is to better the health of the communities and patients that we serve, and advance healthcare management principles and education.”

The program is taught by industry experts in multidisciplinary fields and connects students to guest lectures weekly to bring real-world experience into every learning outcome.

“We have today’s healthcare leaders preparing and training the future healthcare visionaries,” Gudapti said. “We explore the relationship between epidemiology and actuarial science in the context of population health and then operationalize the theory. We’re bringing to practice the business intelligence and management skills necessary for professionals to be successful in the changing healthcare landscape.”

Learn more about this unique and innovative program.