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Master's Degree

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Health Policy

Offered By: Department of Health Policy and Management

Onsite | Full-Time | 2 years

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

Nationally Recognized

The MSPH program is based in the Department of Health Policy and Management which is ranked #1 in the country according to 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report.  

Hands-On Policy Experience

Students gain experience in research methods, analysis, and policy formulation including opportunities for hands-on policy experience at the federal, state, and local levels. 



Elective Opportunities

Second-year students can choose elective courses in various topics depending on their interests and career goals. 

Second-year Employment Experience

The second year of the MSPH program includes a full-time, paid field placement employment experience where students work in areas such as government, non-profit, consulting, advocacy, or administration. 

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.

Sample Careers

  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Senior Consultant
  • Research Associate
  • Project Manager
  • Social Science Research Analyst
  • Health Care Analyst

Curriculum for the MSPH in Health Policy

Browse an overview of the requirements for this master's program in the JHU Academic Catalogue and explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory.

Admissions Requirements

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.

Program Faculty Spotlight

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.

Beth Resnick

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.

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