No. 14 – June 2010
The health policy education and research activities at UMBC focus on finding solutions to the critical problems facing our health care system. Health policy is the largest study concentration in the public policy program, accounting for 35% of PhD degrees and 18% of MPP degrees awarded since the program began. Students study topics such as health care finance and delivery, the politics of health, and social epidemiology. Our nationally recognized health policy faculty include Dr. Nancy Miller, Dr. David Salkever and Dr. Adele Kirk.
The Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (MIPAR), the University’s center for policy-related social science research, conducts sponsored research on a range of health policy topics including disabilities, domestic violence and disparities in health care delivery. The Center for Aging Studies, administered by MIPAR, examines the sociocultural dimensions of aging, such as physician/older patient interactions. MIPAR often partners with The Hilltop Institute, UMBC’s health services research center, on research projects. Hilltop is also providing analysis and technical assistance to Governor Martin O’Malley’s Health Care Reform Coordinating Council.
Through partnerships across campus and with agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Social Security Administration and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, UMBC faculty, researchers and students are using their knowledge to improve health care systems and enhance the quality of life for all populations.
Dr. Donald F. Norris (Public Policy) appeared on WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodericks on May 17. He discussed the decline in the population of Baltimore City and what would make city life more appealing to the middle class in order to increase the population.
Doctoral candidate Frances Carter received a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Dissertation Fellowship award for 2010. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the SREB provides fellowships and other support to minority doctoral graduate students.
The UMBC Magazine featured the dissertation research of Dr. M. Cosar Unal (Ph.D., 2009) in an article in the Summer 2010 edition. Dr. Unal, who is an intelligence official with the Turkish National Police, researched the effects of the Turkish government’s antiterrorism policies against violence perpetrated by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
An article by Dr. Todd Eberly (Ph.D., 2006, St. Mary’s College), Dr. Cheryl Miller (Associate Dean in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) and Dr. Amy Davidoff (University of Maryland, Baltimore), examined whether racial and ethnic disparities exist for children and adolescents under managed care through Medicaid. “Managing the gap: evaluating the impact of Medicaid managed care on preventive care receipt by child and adolescent minority populations,” Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Black History Month Issue, Volume 21, No. 1 , February 2010.
Ph.D. student Pradeep Guin and Dr. Indrani Gupta make a case for a more diverse set of international aid measures to control, prevent and treat communicable diseases in a article titled. “Communicable diseases in the South-East Asia region of the World Health Organization,” Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Volume 88, No. 3, March 2010.
A new book by Dr. Bernadette Hanlon (Ph.D., 2007, Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education), Dr. John Rennie Short (Public Policy), and Dr. Thomas J. Vicino (Ph.D., 2006, Northeastern University) explores the changing dynamics of cities and suburbs. Cities and Suburbs: New Metropolitan Realities in the U.S. Routledge (2009).
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