The Department of Health Policy was established in 2013 and includes faculty formerly in the Department of Preventive Medicine. Faculty in the department have a variety of interests including health care financing, health insurance coverage, aging and long-term care, provider payment, health services research, pharmacoepidemiology, cancer epidemiology, and infectious diseases. The Department has a history of strong collaborative relationships with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and receives funding from numerous federal agencies and foundations. The Department offers the M.P.H. degree and provides instruction in the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) curriculum.

Health Policy News

Flu boosts pneumococcal colonization
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) – the most common bacterial cause of severe pneumonia – frequently colonizes the nasopharynx of children. Although most colonization does not result in disease, the acquisition of a new serotype (variety) of pneumococcus is critical in disease pathogenesis. Carlos G. Grijalva, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of Health Policy, and colleagues now report that a recent influenza or parainfluenza infection facilitates pneumococcal acquisition.
March 27, 2014

Muktar Aliyu to receive the ACPM William Kane Rising Star Award
The William Kane Rising Star Award honors a member of ACPM, who is within seven years of completion of residency training and who is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
January 22, 2014

Cooper named to key VUSM, Medical Center roles
William O. Cooper, M.D., MPH, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, professor and vice chair for Faculty Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics, and professor of Health Policy, has been promoted and will have two new roles. He will now also serve as associate dean for Faculty Affairs within the Faculty Affairs & Career Development Office in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and as director of the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy (CPPA).
January 16, 2014