Improving the Health Care Delivery System
This specialization emphasizes developing policy analytic skills, including evaluation design, descriptive and multivariate statistics, program implementation analysis, policy formation assessment and cost-benefit analysis.
Policy analysts are concerned with the development and evaluation of strategies to improve the functioning of the health care delivery system. In some instances this role is played in a governmental agency responsible for regulating and financing health services. In other instances a policy analyst works for an organization that provides health care services, a nonprofit service organization, or a professional association or foundation. Responsibilities often include the development and analysis of data to support policy initiatives, an assessment of new health care initiatives using techniques such as cost-benefit analysis, program evaluation, implementation analysis, and the development of formal health plans to anticipate future needs for health care resources.
Required Specialization Courses For All Policy Students
HPAM-GP.1830, Introduction to Health Policy and Management OR HPAM-GP.1831, Introduction to Global Health Policy OR HPAM-GP.2836, Current Issues in Health Policy
Policy students must also complete 10.5 credits in either the Analytics Track or the Advocacy Track.
Required Courses for the Analytics Track
HPAM-GP.4831, Health Economics: Topics in Domestic Health Policy
Students must complete 3 credits of constrained electives (list below).
Required Courses for the Advocacy Track
Students must complete 6 credits of constrained electives (list below).
Topics in Health Policy
Topics in Public Policy with Relevance to Health Policy
Policy Process and Development
Business/Finance with Relevance to Health Policy
Management-Related Courses with Relevance to Health Policy
Topics in Global/International/Comparative Policy
All Capstone projects begin in the fall and are completed at the end of the spring semester. Full-time students who begin in the spring semester typically need 2½ years to complete their degree.
Students who plan to specialize in Policy should earn a "B" or better in CORE-GP 1011 Statistical Methods, CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics, and CORE-GP 1022 Introduction to Public Policy. All full-time Policy students should enroll in these three courses during their first semester of study as they are prerequisites for several advanced Policy courses.