About the MSPH in Health Policy Program
The MSPH in Health Policy is a professionally oriented degree program designed for individuals seeking competency-based education and training to establish or expand careers as health policy professionals within the United States. The program requires one year of accelerated coursework, followed by a second year full-time employment experience. The employment experience provides a seamless transition from graduate student to health policy professional.
Students in this program develop skills and experiences in research methods, analysis, and policy formulation, with a strong orientation toward professional practice and opportunities for hands-on policy experience at the federal, state, and local levels. Students work in full-time, paid positions in a range of organizations from government to non-profit, consulting, advocacy and administration for the field placement year. Academic and professional development requirements in the second year of the MSPH program are designed to enrich and not interfere with their employment experience. Second year requirements include professional development activities as well as competency-based assignments that support students' transition to and skill development as health policy professionals. Additionally in the second year, students have the option to take online courses to continue to advance their training.
MSPH in Health Policy Program Highlights
In addition to the core course curriculum, MSPH in Health Policy students take elective courses in year 1 and have the option to continue elective courses in year 2 while on their field placement. Students may take this opportunity to specialize in a specific area of policy including:
- Child & Adolescent Health
- Environmental Health Policy
- Food & Nutrition Policy
- Health & Aging Populations
- Health Disparities & Health Inequalities
- Health Economics
- Health Finance & Management
- Health Informatics
- Injury & Violence Prevention
- LGBTQ Health
- Mental Health Policy & Services
- Quality Improvement & Outcomes Research
- Social Policy
- Women's & Reproductive Health
What Can You Do With a Graduate Degree In Health Policy?
Graduates of this program are well positioned to pursue careers in government, research, and the healthcare industry.
- Health Policy Analyst
- Senior Consultant
- Research Associate
- Project Manager
- Social Science Research Analyst
- Health Care Analyst
For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page.
Standardized Test Scores
Standardized test scores are not required and not reviewed for this program. If you have taken a standardized test such as the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT and want to submit your scores, please note that they will not be used as a metric during the application review. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all required application components.
Beth Resnick, DrPH, MPH ’95, Program Director
conducts systems research to transform state and local public health agencies by strengthening infrastructure and stimulating performance improvement.
Tuition and Funding
The Master’s Tuition Scholarship is available to students in good academic standing in the two-year, full-time master’s program. The MTS is a 75% reduction in tuition for year two of an eight-term program. Students have the option of distributing the scholarship entirely in their second year of study or receive a 25% reduction in tuition their first year and 50% in their second year.