Health Policy Graduate Programs

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Health Policy Graduate Programs

Health Policy investigates how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect the accessibility, quality and cost of health care — and ultimately our health and well-being. Health policy issues are integrally related to core areas of strength at Stanford, including innovation and technological development in health care delivery and the pursuit of improved population health.

Stanford Health Policy offers a PhD program that promises to educate students who will be scholarly leaders in the field of health policy, and will be highly knowledgeable about the theoretical and empirical approaches that can be applied in the development of improvements in health policy and the health care system. These students will be well prepared for positions in academic institutions, government institutions, and private sector organizations with a demand for high-level analysis of health policy issues.

The curriculum offers courses across a wide range of health policy areas including health economics, health insurance and government program operation, health financing, international health policy and economic development, cost-effectiveness analysis and the evaluation of new technologies, relevant statistical and methodological approaches, and health policy issues related to public health concerns like obesity and chronic disease. In addition to taking a set of core courses, students are expected to complete coursework in content- and methods-specific tracks.

MS in Health Policy

Stanford Health Policy also offers a Masters in Health Policy Program.  Most students admitted to this program have an MD (or comparable advanced degree) and are in the fellowship stages of their training, or have worked in a health care related field.  The program provides advanced students with the skills to conduct independent research in health policy. MS students must satisfy a concentration requirement in one of four content areas:  empirical methods, clinical decision-making, health policy, or implementation science.  The MS program is typically completed in two years of study in residence.