Department to Host 30th Anniversary Symposium

October 17, 2018

On December 4 2018, the Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy will host a symposium to celebrate its 30 year anniversary. Current and former Harvard faculty and esteemed colleagues will join at Harvard Medical School to celebrate this milestone.

Faculty of the department will discuss “Transforming Healthcare in America: Lessons from the Affordable Care Act” with other health care policy faculty and professionals from multiple organizations. The president of Harvard University, Lawrence S. Bacow, will open the symposium, and those in attendance will hear remarks from Kathleen Sebelius, CEO of Sebelius Resources and former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, in the keynote address.

Founded in 1988, the HMS department of health care policy was the first of its kind in a medical school. In this new department, physicians and social scientists were on equal footing, taught and conducted research together, were located in the same physical space, and had the same chances for academic advancement. Since its founding, approximately fifteen other medical schools have established academic departments, centers, or divisions devoted to research and education in health care policy.

The combined expertise of the faculty allows HCP to study important policy areas related to health care costs, patient outcomes, clinical effectiveness, and technology assessment. Large grants spanning several years have allowed the department to recruit talented social scientists and physician-researchers, and the department has created eight endowed professorships.

The department of health care policy has become a pivotal component of education for medical and graduate students in the health policy doctoral program. More than 350 students have received or are pursuing doctoral degrees in health care policy through the department. Thousands of medical students get their first introduction to health policy through HCP’s courses and grants program. 

The symposium is open to the public and all interested are welcome to join. For more information and to RSVP to the symposium, visit the event’s website.