Health Policy, MS, PhD - Program Outcomes

The graduate program in health policy will prepare students to:

I. Research Methods

  • Examine both qualitative and quantitative data to determine patterns and trends.
  • Understand and apply basic concepts of probability, random variation, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  • Generate testable hypotheses and apply appropriate methods and research designs to test these hypotheses.
  • Understand and apply the fundamental tenets of ethics as part of conducting research.

II. Knowledge Base

  • Apply knowledge gained in a specific substantive area related to health policy using expertise developed during coursework, through guidance from faculty, and independently.
  • Collect and synthesize literature in a specialty substantive area.
  • Complete a terminal research project that either applies knowledge (MS program) or develops new knowledge (PhD program) in a specialty area.

III. Policy Analysis

  • Explain how the structures, components and interactions of systems are involved with shaping health policy, public health directives, and health delivery in the US.
  • Apply theoretical and conceptual models to empirical data, events, and dynamics as the foundation of analyses of current health policy issues.
  • Analyze issues from different perspectives and use evidence based approaches for describing policy-related decisions.
  • Identify major stakeholders and their roles with relation to specific health policy issues.
  • Critically assess aspects of U.S. health policy from multidisciplinary perspectives including economics, law, sociology, epidemiology, and political science, and sociology.


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

Office Location:

FOW 126


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