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May 18, 2000

Contact:
Barbara Chamberlain, 509/358-7527, chamberlain@wsu.edu
Winsor Schmidt, 509/358-7981, schmidtw@wsu.edu

WSU Spokane Graduate Program in Health Policy Receives National Accreditation

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The graduate program in health policy and administration in the college of pharmacy at Washington State University Spokane has received accreditation from the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration. The HPA program joins only 67 other health services administration programs accredited by ACEHSA in the United States and Canada.

With this recognition of its quality, the HPA program is now one of the top four health administration programs in the 14-state Western region comprised of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

A number of program strengths were identified in the accreditation process, including:

-- Recruitment of Joseph Coyne, a national leader in health care finance.

-- Strong foundations in economics and law courses.

-- Overall excellence in course syllabus design, with special recognition to health care information systems and quality management courses.

-- Good relationships with many regional health services organizations and agencies, many of which employ graduates.

Program Director Winsor Schmidt is enthusiastic about the benefits of the program’s elite status for students and alumni. "ACEHSA accreditation provides access to scholarships, grants, residency positions and other benefits. The accreditation process is an assurance of quality and continuous program improvement."

William Fassett, dean of the pharmacy college, pledged his support for continued growth of the program. "It is an honor to be the only college of pharmacy in the country that houses an ACHESA-accredited HPA program. Because the future of health care will be so intricately involved with the drug and biogenetic therapy of chronic illness in an aging population, the HPA program will become uniquely situated to lead the nation in preparing its graduates to change the face of health care."

The program Web page is online at www.hpa.spokane.wsu.edu .

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