Why should I study Health Policy and Management at NYU Wagner?

There are several characteristics that make the NYU Wagner Health Policy and Management Program fairly unique. Not many health programs are located in a school of public administration or public service. In the Wagner core classes (policy, management, economics, etc), health students share the classroom with non-health MPA students and urban planning students. Most find this breadth of interests and experience stimulating and rewarding. Many of our health graduates move in and out of the health field at various points in their career, and the exposure to non-health policy and management issues can be helpful.

We also believe that many of the issues affecting the health of the population are not strictly health/clinically related. For example, high cost, high risk patients are often socially isolated, homeless, or lack skills to cope with problems of everyday life. Learning more about these problems and sharing classes with students whose focus is on these issues greatly strengthens the educational experience.

Wagner's location in New York City is a bonus. From leading tertiary medical centers to community based clinics and social programs, New York offers an incredibly broad laboratory for learning (and potential jobs upon graduation). The diverse population of the city can help prepare you to work most anywhere, and helps broaden awareness of cultural differences and how recognizing and responding to these differences is likely to be critical in a successful career. There are also many international health organizations based in the New York, helping to strengthen Wagner's global perspective. Professionals from these diverse organizations and settings are often brought into the classroom as guest lecturers and adjunct professors.

Wagner pioneered the concept of giving students real world experience as part of professional training. The Capstone Program replaces the more traditional thesis end-event, and involves a year-long project in a student's last year at Wagner working with a team of Wagner students for an actual client (usually based in New York, but some international capstone projects involve foreign clients and travel abroad). Capstone projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area, enhance key process skills (such as project management and teamwork), and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. It's an opportunity for Wagner students to interweave their learning in all these areas and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.