A concentration in Health Policy will give you a voice in the debate that defines our time—issues surrounding human health. You’ll gain a strong foundation that prepares you for a career in the rapidly changing fields of health policy, healthcare and life sciences management, and international health.
Promote widespread wellness
Prep for the doctorate
Within the Health Policy concentration, you’ll explore topics including health industry regulation, healthcare finance, and the confluence of public health policy and politics. This concentration also provides students with an excellent foundation to pursue doctoral programs in health policy and thus serves as a valuable complement to many of our other concentrations.
A broad base, plus depth and detail
You’ll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in the MPA program’s core competencies. These five courses (15 credit hours) will give you well-developed analytical skills and a broad understanding of policy issues and government processes. You'll then build on this foundation with three other required courses specific to health policy:
- Health Policy (V 549)
- Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (V 507)
- Public Program Evaluation (V 562)
Personalize your program
The remainder of your course work (9 credit hours) will come in a wide range of elective courses. These will allow you to tailor your Health Policy program to your own specific interests. At least two of these electives must be taken within SPEA.
- Healthcare Finance (V 550)
- Health Industry Regulation (V 550)
- International Healthcare Systems (V 550)
- Health Economics (V 550)
- Proposal Development and Grant Management (V 557)
- Marketing Management and Strategy in Life Sciences (BUS-B 655)
- Public Health Policy and Politics in the U.S. (SPH-B 650)
Our MPA offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You’ll also get the benefit of experiential learning—typically through an approved internship. What’s more, your concentration’s course work will culminate in a project-oriented course—a capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program.
Combining your Health Policy concentration with another MPA concentration—such as Economic Development or Public Management—can offer you unique advantages in pursuing a particular career. As they help you design your program, our faculty will work to accommodate your specialized professional interests.