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 Courses

    HPAM-GP.1830, Introduction to Health Policy and Management OR HPAM-GP.1831, Introduction to Global Health Policy

    Note: Recommended for students without prior health policy and management undergraduate or graduate coursework experience.

  • HPAM-GP.2836, Current Issues in Health Policy
  • PADM-GP.2171, Program Analysis and Evaluation
    HPAM-GP.4830, Health Economics: Principles

    Policy students must also complete 10.5 credits in either the Analytics Track or the Advocacy Track.


    HPAM-GP.4831, Health Economics: Topics in Domestic Health Policy
PADM-GP.2875, Estimating Impacts in Policy Research
PADM-GP.2902, Multiple Regression and Intro to Econometrics

Students must complete 3 credits of constrained electives (list below).

PADM-GP.2411, Policy Formation and Policy Analysis
PADM-GP.4137, Strategic Communications

Constrained Electives

Students must complete 6 credits of constrained electives (list below).

Topics in Health Policy

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Topics in Public Policy with Relevance to Health Policy

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Analytic Methods

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Policy Process and Development

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Business/Finance with Relevance to Health Policy

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Management-Related Courses with Relevance to Health Policy

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Topics in Global/International/Comparative Policy

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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.

CAP-GP.3801, Capstone: Advanced Projects in Health Finance, Management, and Policy I
CAP-GP.3802, Capstone: Advanced Projects in Health Finance, Management, and Policy II