Master of Public Health - Health Policy

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The goal of the program in the Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) is to develop outstanding decision makers, critical thinkers, and future leaders in both the public and private sectors of the health system. Graduates are employed in a variety of health care delivery settings (e.g., hospitals, managed care organizations, public health departments, consulting and pharmaceutical companies, as well as federal, state, and local government agencies). Students enrolled in the Masters program within HPM choose one of two tracks:

Teaching objectives of the department include:

  • Provide students with a set of skills and principles essential for practice in health policy, health care management, and public health.
  • Enhance students' abilities to evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of health policies and programs, using rigorous research techniques and analytical reasoning.
  • Provide opportunities for students to apply their newly developed skills and reasoning abilities to real-life health policy and health care management problems, through community project experiences, the summer internship, and the thesis.
  • Educate students about the breadth and determinants of health and how to affect them through policy.

MPH Competencies

Core Competencies

Upon completing the core curriculum of the MPH program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge base in the disciplines of biostatistics, chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, health systems, public policy, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health.
  • Apply basic research skills to specific public health problems in both group and individual settings, including the ability to define problems; construct, articulate and test hypotheses; draw conclusions; and communicate findings to a variety of audiences.
  • Explain the interrelationships between a multitude of factors that can impact on a public health problem, including scientific, medical, environmental, cultural, social, behavioral, economic, political, and ethical factors.
  • Review, critique, and evaluate public health reports and research articles.
  • Apply public health concepts, principles, and methodologies obtained through formal course work to actual problems experienced in the community or work environment.
  • Critically evaluate programs, interventions, and outcomes that relate to public health practice.
  • Apply ethical standards and professional values as they relate to the practice of public health.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the social context within which public health professionals practice.

Health Policy MPH Competencies

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree with a concentration in Health Policy, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the efficiency of public policies using economic concepts
  • Identify market failures in the market for public health activities and health care
  • Conduct decision analysis to evaluate prevention, screening, and treatment alternatives in public health and clinical medicine
  • Critically evaluate both the methods and application of cost-effectiveness analysis to inform public health decision-making
  • Assess statistical findings and empirical literature to enhance policy design and implementation
  • Synthesize the research literature, assessing strengths and weaknesses of published findings, to guide evidence-informed policymaking
  • Describe and assess the historical evolution of how different countries systems for financing and delivering health care have evolved and influenced the health of their populations
  • Describe the role of the major U.S. political institutions in health policy and politics.
  • Identify and evaluate different strategies for financing, regulatory and delivery system reform
  • Influence health policy and management decision making
  • Understand strategies of media advocacy to effectively reshape public awareness and opinion on health-related issues
  • Describe conceptual frameworks for political agenda setting
  • Assess how well different governance arrangements and policy designs result in a health care system that is responsive to differences in health needs among subsets of the population
  • Describe legal perspectives and institutions that affect health policy and public health, including assessment of legal and regulatory environments in the context of public health
  • Understand the ethical distinctions and professional norms associated with different paradigms for policy analysis and their implications for health policy
  • Demonstrate written communication skills to effectively communicate in professional health policy and community settings
  • Demonstrate oral communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate in professional health policy and community settings
  • Demonstrate leadership, team-based collaboration, and management skills

Curriculum - Health Policy

PDF Version

Download the PDF version of the MPH requirements.

The M.P.H. degree requires a total of 20 course units. The M.P.H. in Health Policy requires the student to complete or acquire an exemption from the following courses. All “a” courses are offered in the fall term, “b” courses are offered in the spring term. Full time students must carry a minimum of 4 course units each semester.

Requirements
Completed?

CORE REQUIREMENTS


Course Units


BIS 505a, Introduction to Statistical Thinking I

1


CDE 505a, Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health

1


CDE/EMD 508a, Principles of Epidemiology I

1

HPM 510a, Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems

1

EPH 100a, Professional Skills Seminar

n/a

EPH 515b, Introduction to Research and Professional Ethics Seminar

n/a

One of the following two:

EHS 510b, Introduction to Environmental Health


1

EHS 503a, Introduction to Toxicology

1

To fulfill the Public Health Practice requirement, choose one of the following four:


EPH 542b, Practice-Based Community Health Research

1

EPH 500b, Public Health Practicum

1

HPM 555a or b, Health Policy Practicum

1

EPH 520c, Summer Internship (Approval Required)                                     

n/a

EPH 520c, Summer Internship (required whether or not used to fulfill the Public Health Practice Requirement)

n/a

DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS


HPM 514b, Health Politics, Governance,  and Policy

1


HPM 560b, Health Economics and US Health Policy          HPM 570a, Cost Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making

1
1

HPM 583b, Methods in Health Services Research

1

HPM 586b, Microeconomics for Health Policy and Health Management

1


HPM 597b, Capstone Course in Health Policy


1

Revised 7/21/14

Curriculum - Health Policy

PDF Version

Download the PDF version of the MPH requirements.

The M.P.H. degree requires a total of 20 course units. The M.P.H. in Health Policy requires the student to complete or acquire an exemption from the following courses. All “a” courses are offered in the fall term, “b” courses are offered in the spring term. Full time students must carry a minimum of 4 course units each semester.

Requirements
Completed?

CORE REQUIREMENTS


Course Units


BIS 505a, Introduction to Statistical Thinking I

1


BIS 505b, Introduction to Statistical Thinking II

1


CDE 505a, Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health

1

CDE/EMD 508a, Principles of Epidemiology I

1

HPM 510a, Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems

1

EPH 100a, Professional Skills Seminar

n/a

EPH 515b, Introduction to Research and Professional Ethics Seminar

N/A

One of the following two:

EHS 510b, Introduction to Environmental Health


1

EHS 503a, Introduction to Toxicology

1

To fulfill the Public Health Practice requirement, choose one of the following four:

EPH 542b, Practice-Based Community Health Research

1

EPH 500b, Public Health Practicum

1

HPM 555a or b, Health Policy Practicum

1

EPH 520c, Summer Internship (Approval Required)                                     

n/a

EPH 520c, Summer Internship (required whether or not used to fulfill the Public Health Practice Requirement)

n/a

DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS


HPM 514b, Health Politics, Governance,  and Policy

1


HPM 560b, Health Economics and US Health Policy        
HPM 570a, Cost Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making

1
1

HPM 583b, Methods in Health Services Research

1

HPM 586b, Microeconomics for Health Policy and Health Management

1


HPM 597b, Capstone Course in Health Policy


1

Revised 7/21/14

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  • Professional Societies and Physician Behavior: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statements
  • Consequences of Health Shocks Among Older Adults with Risky Behaviors
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  • An Assessment of State Efforts to Combat Racia/Ethnic Health Disparities
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  • The Securitization of Global Health by the American Foreign Policy Community
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Samples of Positions at Graduation: 2013, 2012, 2011

  • RAND Corporation, Research Assistant, Boston, MA
  • Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Hospital, Project Coordinator, New Haven, CT
  • Global Health Strategies, Associate, New York, NY
  • JSI, Program Coordinator, Washington, DC
  • Bain & Company, Associate Consultant, San Francisco, CA
  • Dalberg Global Development Advisors, Consultant, South Africa
  • Accenture Management Consulting, Health and Public Service Consultant, New York, NY
  • The Lewin Group, Research Consultant, Falls Church, VA
  • Boston Children's Hospital, Project Manager, Boston, MA
  • Connecticut Hospital Association, Community Health Manager, Wallingford, CT
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, Senior Systems Analyst, New York, NY
  • Brookings Institution, Project Manager, Washington, DC
  • World Health Organization, Consultant, Thailand
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Health System Specialist, Boston, MA
  • UC San Francisco, Health Policy Research Analyst, San Francisco, CA