The Health Policy (Management) program prepares students to do research on the managerial, operational, and strategic issues facing a wide range of organizations in the health care industry. Students examine 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.

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Curriculum & Coursework

Students take coursework in microeconomic theory, management, research methods, statistics, and epidemiology. In addition, students take a yearlong 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.


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


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.