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Celebrating 50 Years

We are celebrating our 50th anniversary into the new year with a second event!

Join the Department of Health Policy and Management for a presentation from Dr. Alex Billioux, the Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health.

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tidewater Building (1440 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112)
Diboll Auditorium


Dr. Alex Billioux is the Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, the state’s largest agency with a budget of $14 billion. The Louisiana Department of Health's responsibilities include public health and other direct service programs for citizens in need such as behavioral health, developmental disabilities, aging and adult services, emergency preparedness, and the Medicaid program. Under The Department of Health's leadership over 450,000 Louisianans are newly insured under Louisiana’s Medicaid Expansion, and for the first time, many are receiving much needed primary and preventive health care. The state’s uninsured rate dropped to only 8% which is below the national average. 

Mark L. Diana, PhD, MBA, MSIS
Letter from the chair - SPIF2


Greetings from New Orleans! As the seventh chair of this department, I am proud to continue the legacy that began under the banner of the Department of Health Systems Management. Throughout this issue of the newsletter, you will find that the department remains faithful to the mission of training future healthcare leaders. I am excited to share these stories and the latest news about your department.

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Retired faculy, Joni Steinberg mentors three MHA students, 2017. Photo by Rick Olivier.
Health Policy and Management celebrates fifty years - SPIF1

It was 1967. Just the year before, more than 23 million elderly and impoverished Americans had enrolled in the newly enacted Medicare and Medicaid programs, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation continued towards its goal of professionalizing the management of hospitals. In that year, Tulane was one of only three universities awarded a Kellogg grant to establish a program in health administration. Dr. Thomas Hamrick, chair of the Department of Health Services Administration, hired Dr. Walter Burnett to serve as the first director to design and launch an MPH program in Health Services & Hospital Administration.

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Timeline SPIF5

A quick glance at the department's historical highlights and changes over its 50 years. 

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Tulane Provost Robin Forman, Ochsner Health System Executive Vice President Robert Hart, and Ochsner Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Warner Thomas participated in the launch of the Physician Leadership Program, a new certificate progra
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The U.S. healthcare ecosystem is undergoing a profound transformation towards a more consumer-driven market, often within the confines of increasingly constrained resources. In response, Tulane’s department of health policy and management has introduced two new graduate certificate programs aimed at preparing current and aspiring leaders with the quantitative and evidence-based management, leadership, and personal mastery skills needed to guide an organization in this new environment.

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The Kellogg Foundation provides a grant to Tulane SPHTM in 1967 to establish a master degree program in hospital administration.

In 1995 the department becomes the first in the nation to offer the Master of Medical Management (MMM), targeted at physicians.

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