Health Policy Programs

Programs in health policy prepare students to become health policy decision makers at the local, state, and national levels. Our doctoral and master's degrees, graduate certificate, and undergraduate health policy programs train students to work in federal and state health and human services agencies, to become consultants, to support the work of foundations, and to engage with advocacy organizations in the United States and abroad. At various levels, students gain a working understanding of health policy processes, analysis and statistical methods, economics, the politics of health policy making, and public advocacy and communication skills.

Programs in Health Policy

Doctoral Degree

Health Services Research, PhD, Health Systems and Policy Concentration

Emphasizes analyses of public policies that seek to address the deficiencies of our health care insurance and delivery systems and to improve population health.  Students develop the analytical tools and institutional knowledge to evaluate the organization, financing, and regulation of health care delivery in the United States. 

Master's Degree

Health Policy, MS

Focuses on health policy issues within the United States and provides students with the skills necessary to become health policy decision makers at the local, state, and national levels; to become consultants; or to become public health advocates in the United States.

Master of Public Health, Health Policy

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the degree for those who wish to practice public health locally or globally. Our curriculum provides grounding in the competencies needed to be a successful public health practitioner. Students address the nature and importance of policy and policy-making in today’s public health system in order to engage with public health and advocacy organizations on policy issues and to analyze and support policy approaches.


Health and Social Policy Minor

Introduces students to the context and process for public policy making in health care and social services.

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Faculty have been awarded millions of dollars in research grants and contracts to work with public and private health entities to conduct program and policy evaluations, assess comparative-effectiveness, and monitor outcomes.