Student interest in the Health Policy and Management major has grown significantly in recent years. The size of our graduating class more than doubled from 2003 (23) to 2012 (59). By 2012, HPM was the 7th most popular major at PC, with more than 200 declared majors. The growing popularity of HPM as a major reflects the close working relationships students enjoy with faculty in the program. Each student is assigned a full-time faculty member as an advisor. Students also have many opportunities to collaborate with faculty outside of the classroom as research assistants or by participating in events such as alumni career nights.
The program hosts a variety of lectures and presentations during the academic year that bring practicing professionals to campus to discuss contemporary health policy issues. Numerous events showcase student research and internship experiences, including the undergraduate research conference on Health and Society, the College's Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, and a student Health Policy Forum.
The growing popularity of HPM at PC also reflects larger trends in the economy and society. Current employment forecasts suggest that the demand for health care services will continue to expand in the coming decades. Ten of the nation's fastest growing occupations are now in the health care field; between 2002 and 2012, health care was projected to add more jobs than any other industry in the U.S. Current employment projections suggest that careers in health care management will continue to be one of the fastest growing areas in an otherwise slack economy over the next decade. Similarly, opportunities for health educators and epidemiologists are also expected to increase faster than average in the coming years.