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MPH Program in Health Services

Health Systems and Policy Concentration

HSP Concentration

Health Systems and Policy concentration is for students who seek a career of leadership in public or private efforts to improve the performance of the health system.

Students who complete the concentration will be well grounded in core competency areas of public policy development, health economics, law, and ethics. In addition, Health Systems and Policy MPH students will have a solid foundation in key analytic disciplines including biostatistics, epidemiology and qualitative methods. They can also acquire a deep understanding of how and where public policy is developed, what forms it takes, who the relevant actors and institutions are, and the economic and legal forces that affect and are affected by public policy.

Students electing to pursue the Health Systems and Policy MPH Concentration must satisfy the Core MPH Requirements for the School of Public Health and Department of Health Systems and Population Health as well as the substitutions and additional requirements listed below. Most students in this concentration choose to complete a capstone project as their culminating project, but have the option of writing a thesis.

Health Systems and Policy Concentration Additional Requirements

Effective Autumn 2020


Health Systems and Policy

Health Policy Research

Health Economics

Health Policy Development

Capstone Project Option in lieu of the MPH Thesis Requirement:

Waivers or substitutions of the concentration requirements can be made with the approval of the Health Systems and Policy Concentration Faculty Lead. Core Requirement waivers and substitutions are rare and require multiple School and Departmental approvals.