Students in this track will learn how theories and concepts from fields such as technology and operations management, organizational behavior, organizational economics, and competitive strategy can be applied to—and further developed for understanding—health care organizations.


Students take coursework in microeconomice theory, management, research methods, statistics, and epidemiology. In addition, student take a year long seminar called the Health Policy Core Seminar and one course in two of the following areas: Political Analysis, Decision Sciences, Medical Sociology, Ethics or Economics. Students must also complete the Business Education of Scholars and Teachers (BEST) Series, and an MBA course.


Student are required to complete a teaching assignment for one full academic term.

Qualifying Exams

Students complete the Health Policy General Exam at the end of the second year of coursework, and the Special Field Exam during the third academic year.


Students in their third year and above are required to attend the Health Policy Research Seminar. Students must complete the dissertation proposal exam before June 15th of the third year, and the dissertation oral defense.

See Program Requirements for detailed curriculum information.