Health Policy, MS, PhD - Curriculum & Duration 

Health Policy, MS

The goal of the MS degree is to train you to become a practitioner of health policy analysis. You will become skilled at analyzing issues and predicting outcomes for industry, government, trade associations, and consulting firms. You can pursue interests in substantive health care issue areas through electives.

You must complete 36 credits of didactic coursework, including a master's capstone project.

Policy Core (all of the following)*

Course Number Course Name Credits
HP 710 or HP 810 Analytical Methods for Health Policy or Research Methods 3 credits
HP 740 Health Law and Regulation 3 credits
HP 790 Introduction to Health Economics1 3 credits
HP 808 Health Services and Policy 3 credits
HP 850 Public Policy Analysis 2 3 credits
HP 880 Ethical Issues in Health Care 2 credits
HP 890 Health Policy Seminar I 1 credit
HP 891 Health Policy Seminar II 1 credit

Research Core (all of the following)*

Course Number Course Name Credits
HP 730 Public Health Research and Epidemiology 1 3 credits
HP 750 Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 credits
HP 794 Master's Capstone Paper 2 credits

Electives

Nine elective credits

Health Policy, PhD

The PhD degree track prepares students to conduct independent research that is either empirically or theoretically based. The training portion of the doctoral program prepares students to demonstrate their knowledge of the existing literature, whereas in the dissertation stage students conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty committee. Graduating students can apply their skill sets to research in either the public or private sector.

The PhD degree program is designed to train researchers who will make original contributions to understanding the provision of health care and health status. Doctoral training is applicable in academic and health care settings.

You will take many of the same courses as master's students but will complete more advanced coursework in statistics and in research methodology, in addition to your dissertation.

The degree leading to the doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in health policy covers the skills needed to conduct original research on issues affecting the provision of health care and health status. You are required to:

  • Complete 48 credits of didactic coursework
  • Achieve a satisfactory grade on a doctoral qualifying examination
  • Register for HP899 (Doctoral Research) for a minimum of 20 credits
  • Complete a dissertation.

The skills and substantive areas taught include:

  • Overall structure of the healthcare industry, including insurance reimbursement, managed care, hospital physician relationships, health system development, and pharmaceutical development
  • Health economics
  • Epidemiology
  • Information technology in health policy
  • Financial modeling
  • Public health research involving large-scale databases
  • Public policy analysis
  • Legal and regulatory analysis related to health care
  • Ethical issues in health care and public policy

Your research opportunities will cover a range of health policy topics. Several large databases that contain information on health care and pharmacy utilization are available for student projects. They represent unique resources for statistical analysis. Other kinds of research projects may involve outcomes analysis of medical interventions and case studies of health policy initiatives, or other prospectively designed research studies.

Policy Core (all of the following)

Course Number Course Name Credits
HP 740 Health Law and Regulation 3 credits
HP 780 Sociology of Health and Medicine 3 credits
HP 790 Introduction to Health Economics 1 3 credits
HP 806 Health Services and Policy I 3 credits
HP 807 Health Services & Policy II 3 credits
HP 850 Public Policy Analysis 2 3 credits
HP 890 Health Policy Seminar 1 credit
  TOTAL 19 credits

Research Core (all of the following)

Course Number Course Name Credits
HP 730 Public Health Research and Epidemiology1 3 credits
HP 750 Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 credits
HP 760 Quantitative Methods 1 3 credits
HP 813 Introduction to Research Design for Health Policy 3 credits
HP 814 Application of Research Methods in Health Policy 3 credits
HP 821 Ph.D. Progression Paper 2 credits
  TOTAL 17 credits

Electives

Twelve elective credits

Doctoral Research

Course Number Course Name Credits
HP899 Doctoral Research 20 credits
  TOTAL 20 credits

*Program requirements are subject to change
1 HP 750 or its equivalent is a prerequisite
2 HP 790 or its equivalent is a prerequisite

Program Outcomes

Each program at the University has developed program outcomes. Graduates of the health policy program will achieve these program outcomes.

Contact:

Janelle L. Williams, EdD, MPA, MEd
Assistant Director, Health Policy Program

Office Location:

FOW 126

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8990

Email:

ja.williams@usciences.edu