The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University seeks an adjunct instructor for a Population Health course for master’s students in the MS Health Care Policy & Management program.
The Population Health course is a half semester (i.e. 7 weeks) during the spring 2020 semester (flexibility to adjust to fall semester thereafter). Course times could be afternoons (two 80 minute class sessions per week) or evenings (one 170 minute class from 6 – 8:50 PM, inclusive of a break, per week), as preferred.
The course is a required core course for students in the Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management program, typically in their second year of study, and should assume a baseline knowledge of health care delivery operations, systems, and policy in the United States. Students in this program may end up working in health system administration, payor operations, policy development or evaluation, or consulting. The course is also open to students in other Heinz College graduate programs as an elective course.
The instructor should be a practitioner or academic with direct experience or research work in population health topics including population definition/segmentation, the social determinants of health, population health program development and implementation, health behavior change, health advocacy and assistance programs, and the policy and ethical implications of population health management. Recent experience in teaching graduate or professional courses is preferred.
Recognizing Population Health is a broad and complex topic, the minimum goal of this course is to provide an introduction to:
population identification and health evaluation analysis using publicly available data,
the social determinants of health and their impact on health outcomes,
the role of individuals, local/state/national governments, and nonprofits in the protection and promotion of health,
the role of behavior change in population health management,
culturally competent intervention development, implementation, and outcome evaluation (including clinical outcomes, cost/ROI), and the
policy and ethical implications of these interventions.
The course design should at minimum include relevant readings (textbook, research papers, news articles, etc.), in-class discussions, and appropriate evaluations of mastery of concepts for grading purposes (homework, quizzes/exams, etc.). Given the focus of Heinz College graduate programs, utilization of data and group project work is highly encouraged (e.g. a project that incorporates data-driven population analysis, evidence-based intervention development, and outcome evaluation plan).
About Heinz College
The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. For more information, please visit www.heinz.cmu.edu.
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.