Request for Proposals: Environmental Scan and Trends Report

AUPHA has put out the following call for proposals related to the 2023-2024 Environmental Scan and Trends Report:

Deadline Extension Notice: The deadline for submission has been extended to Monday, October 2 at noon eastern.

View this RFP as a PDF.

I. Introduction and Overview

The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) requests proposals for the development of the 2023-2024 Environmental Scan and Trends Report. The inaugural report was published in 2022, providing insights into trends occurring in industry and higher education and their effects on healthcare management education.


This RFP includes instructions for all required materials, guidance for proposal content, deadlines, and key AUPHA staff contact information. 


II. Instructions and Deadline

Interested respondents should submit a proposal narrative of no more than two single-spaced pages; CVs/resumes; and any supplemental materials. All materials must be delivered to AUPHA electronically using the online submission form. Please contact Jenn Munt, Director of Education and Professional Development at if you have questions or need any assistance. 


To be considered, proposals must include:

1.      Completion of all required information in the online response form

2.      Narrative proposal for report development

3.      A timeline for completion that results in a final draft provided to AUPHA no later than Tuesday, December 19, 2023.

4.      CV/resumes for proposed report authors

5.      An initial proposed set of sources of information

6.      An outline of topics to be covered by the report

7.      Adherence to the Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 5:00 pm Pacific Time deadline for submission of all materials


Authors must disclose any artificial intelligence tools such as Chat GPT that they utilize in any way to complete the report.


III. Report Components


Authors will provide written copy and any visuals (infographics, graphs, tables, etc.) to be printed in the 2023-2024 Environmental Scan and Trends Report. AUPHA will format and publish the final draft, providing credit to contracted authors. AUPHA retains the right to make final edits prior to publication.


The 2023-2024 report should follow the organization set forth by the initial publication, with changes to topics reflecting updated current trends in industry. The report must prioritize the most salient trends in the health industry and in higher education programs focused on healthcare management. In addition to the topics covered in the 2021-2022 Report, the following topics have been identified as those that the report should likely cover:


-        Health Industry

o   Workforce issues in healthcare

o   Innovation in industry

o   AI and machine learning

o   Post-acute and long-term care

o   Mental health and substance abuse

-        Higher Education

o   State and national politics

o   Workforce

o   AI and machine learning


The proposal team will use data to support their proposed choices of topics for inclusion. Final determination of topics included in the report will be made in collaboration with AUPHA.


The 2023-2024 publication should also consider specific feedback provided by members on the initial report:


o   Provide more data (and data visualizations) to help readers understand how conclusions were reached.

o   Provide information on any gaps between what students are learning in school versus how they perform once they get into the work environment.

o   Provide connections to other health professions, trends occurring in those spaces, and how they affect healthcare management and healthcare management education.


IV. Payment, Copyright, and Other Disclosures 


Remuneration for the creation of the AUPHA 2023-2024 Environmental Scan and Trends Report is $12,000, to be paid upon publication of the report, which will become the property of AUPHA.


To submit your proposal, please use this online submission form. For questions, comments, or other needs, please reach out to Jenn Munt at