Graduate Program in Population and Health Systems Management Receives Award for Innovation in Education

The Master in Population and Health Systems Management program (MPHSM) created by Boise State University  and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) has been named as the 2023 recipient of the prestigious CAHME/George and Regi Herzlinger Innovation Education Award.

The award will be presented during the CAHME Awards Ceremony at the American College of Healthcare Executives 2023 Congress on Healthcare Leadership on March 19.

This first-of-its-kind MPHSM program was designed to bridge the gaps between the clinical, operational and financial segments of the healthcare industry. It explores the relationship between epidemiology and actuarial science in the context of population health. The five-semester online program includes four industry-recognized healthcare finance certificates offered through HFMA.

“Boise State and HFMA collaborated to create an innovative degree program that applies management principles to the study of population health. The participation of HFMA is unique and reflects a program that is out-of-the-box to educate students to be well prepared to lead innovation,” said prize donor, Regina Herzlinger, DBA, Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

“This national award recognizes the significant impact that CAHME Accredited programs have in encouraging innovation for future health leaders,” said Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, President and CEO of CAHME.

“Boise State students, faculty and staff are truly excited to be the recipients of this highly coveted award. It is emblematic of a passion that is embedded at Boise State and the College of Health Sciences … innovation! … Innovation is critical to our relevance and being distinctive in educating the next generation of healthcare leaders,” said Boise State University Dean and Professor, College of Health Sciences Tim Dunnagan, Ed.D. “Special thanks for this creative educational opportunity needs to go to the Program Director Jenni Gudapati, faculty, staff and students, as well as our unique and powerful partnership with HFMA, who were key in making this program come together. In short, we have tapped the best that can be garnered from the skill and capacity forged from a public and private partnership.”

“We are honored to be recognized with Boise State University by CAHME as the 2023 recipient of the George and Regi Herzlinger Innovation Education Award for the MPSHM program,” said HFMA Director, Partnership Relationships and Chief Partnership Executive Todd Nelson, FHFMA, MBA. “This degree is an industry game changer because it addresses contemporary needs in healthcare education through the lens of population health, risk mitigation and finance. Our students graduate with the skills needed to help shape a new era in healthcare.”

In 2022, CAHME partnered with the George and Regi Herzlinger Charitable Fund to create a national award that honors the Herzlingers’ breakthrough contributions in creating and inspiring medical and healthcare education innovations.


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