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Master of Public Health - Health Policy

The Health Policy program at Yale’s School of Public Health (Department of Health Policy and Management – HPM) offers a distinctive educational experience in several ways.

  • Like other MPH programs in health policy, we provide students with foundational skills in policy analysis, statistical methods, decision-analysis, communication skills and key conceptual frameworks from the social sciences. But we aspire to do more than to build skills: our goal is to empower graduates to become effective agents of change in the policy environments that shape health and health care – to grow into being leaders. This calls for fostering student’s passions, creativity and capabilities as social/policy entrepreneurs.
  • To this end, the program is designed around a relatively parsimonious core of required courses, allowing students to shape their own distinctive programs of learning – particularly during their second year at Yale. Students design their own sequence of courses in health policy, and may specialize in particular substantive areas (e.g., addiction, health economics, vulnerable populations, global health or consumer decision making). Students bring together these distinct trajectories in an integrative capstone seminar at the spring of the second year. 
  • The scaffolding for these individual pathways often involves connecting students with various concentration areas within YSPH or research centers/institutes that are located around Yale. HPM faculty facilitate these connections. These are listed below, providing some sense of the range of opportunities that are available.

Given this general orientation of the program, the students who best flourish in health policy at YSPH are those willing (and eager) to co-design with HPM faculty the sort of program of study that best fits their educational and professional aspirations. Graduates of the program in Health Policy are employed in both the public and private sectors, including federal and state agencies, for-profit and nonprofit health care organizations (typically in departments of government relations or strategic planning), and private consulting firms, as well as in research institutes and advocacy organizations. [see Employment Metrics]. Over the longer run, most of our graduates complement their MPH with additional education, ranging from clinical degrees to law school to doctoral programs in various disciplines.

Affiliated Research/Policy Centers and Institutes

Yale University is the home for a number of research centers and institutes that focus on particular aspects of health policymaking, health system performance or policy-sensitive health outcomes. These venues provide portals for MPH students to meet with faculty from around the university who have expertise in their areas of interest. They also offer ample opportunities for extensive learning outside the classroom, through ongoing seminars, targeted conferences and applied field projects. Many of our students affiliate with one or more of these centers.

Interdisciplinary Programs

The Yale School of Public Health encourages students to complement their departmental studies through a variety of interdisciplinary concentrations, tracks and programs. Read more about our Global Health Concentration, Public Health Modeling Concentration, Regulatory Affairs Track and Climate Change and Health Initiative and explore ways to customize and enhance your degree. HPM faculty advisors will work with students to shape their distinctive educational pathways.

How to Apply

For more information on how to apply visit the YSPH Admissions website

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