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Health Policy Emphasis

The Health Policy Professional

Those who work in the field of health policy have the opportunity to affect healthcare on both a small scale and on a large scale.  Health policy professionals often work with nonprofits, private businesses, governmental entities, community-based organizations, or other groups to bring about change.  Some efforts result in new laws or changes to laws while other efforts may promote specific population-level healthcare goals.  Potential employers include all levels of government, universities, hospitals, insurance companies, consulting and research firms, managed care organizations, and private organizations with interests in health policy.  These groups all rely on highly trained researchers and policy analysts to accomplish their missions.

Emphasis Requirements

Interdisciplinary in nature, the Health Policy emphasis broadly trains health advocates to work in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.  Emphasis requirements include courses in public administration, economics, and health policy.  Students in this emphasis will develop a full understanding not only of mainstream health science concepts but also of how to influence policy-making decisions within an agency as well as at the various levels of government.

Admission to this emphasis requires the approval of both the director of the Master of Health Science program and the director of the Master of Public Administration program.

If you choose the Health Policy emphasis, you will:

  • get an overview of important issues in public administration
  • learn how decisions and policies are made within governmental and other institutions
  • study theories of organizational behavior and management in the public and non-profit organizations

In addition to completing specific required courses, you will complete 6-9 elective credits.  You may choose these elective credits from regular courses, workshops, or special topics courses that will be a beneficial addition to your education and your career goals.

To review the courses required for the Health Policy emphasis and to see course descriptions, please go to the Registrar’s Web site to access a PDF of the Graduate Catalog.  The catalog is bookmarked.  From the bookmarks list, choose:  College of Health Sciences