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MS in Health Policy

Requirements

Health Policy MS Course Requirements

 

List of MS Requirements:

  • Submission of Course Plan, approved by primary advisor and program director, by end of the Fall Quarter of the first year
  • Submission of Thesis Proposal, approved by primary advisor and program director, by end of the Spring Quarter of the first year
  • Successful completion of all course requirements, with 45 units of health-policy related coursework (minimum)
  • Successful completion of masters thesis, with approval of the student’s thesis committee

 

Health Policy MS Course Requirements

A total of 45 units are required for the MS degree in Health Policy. Transfer credit is not accepted.  

Students must maintain an overall 3.0 (B) grade average or higher in graded courses.

Seven courses are required of all students.  

Students must also choose a concentration:  clinical decision-making, empirical methods, health policy, or implementation science, and must take the corresponding required course with each concentration.

Students are also required to take research and elective units.

 

Required Courses:

Autumn: 

HRP 392: Analysis of Costs, Risks and Benefits of Health Care (4 units)

HRP 201A: Health Policy Graduate Student Tutorial I (1-2 units)

Winter: 

EPI 261: Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data (3 units)

HRP 391: Health Law: Finance and Insurance (3 units)

HRP 201B: Health Policy Graduate Student Tutorial II (1-2 units)     

Spring:     

EPI 262: Intermediate Biostatistics:  Regression, Prediction, Survival Analysis (3 units)

HRP 201C: Health Policy Graduate Student Tutorial III (1-2 units)    

Any quarter:

HRP 399: Graduate Research (a total of 12 units or more of thesis research, usually in the second year)      

Plus 1 of the following Concentration Courses:

Winter

HRP 218: Methods for Health Care Delivery Innovation, Implementation and Evaluation (2 units) – for the Implementation Science Concentration

HRP 263: Advanced Decision Science Methods and Modeling in Health (3 units) – for the Clinical Decision-Making Concentration

Spring:      

HRP 252: Outcomes Analysis (4 units) – for the Empirical Methods Concentration

HRP 249: Topics in Health Economics (2-5 units) – for the Health Policy Concentration                       

Plus a minimum of 6 units of elective courses from the suggestions below, based on the student’s individualized development plan, and approved by the student’s advisor. Other electives may be approved by the Program Director.

Autumn:  

BIOMEDIN 215: Data Driven Medicine (3 units)

EPI 223: Data Management in SAS (2 units)

     EPI 259: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Epidemiology (3 units)

        (***NOTE: EPI 259 is strongly recommended for students with limited background in statistics***)

     EPI 264: Foundations of Statistical and Scientific Inference (1 unit)

     HRP 224: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab – Global & Planetary Health (3-4 units)

     HRP 285: Global Leaders and Innovators in Human and Planetary Health (1-2 units)  

     MED 273: Biodesign for Mobile Health (1-3 units)

     PEDS 202A: Practical Applications for Qualitative Data Analysis (3 units)

        (***NOTE: PEDS 202A is the second course in a series, after PEDS 202C and before PEDS 202B***)  

      STATS 200: Introduction to Statistical Inference (4 units) 

Winter

     EASTASN 217: Health and Healthcare Systems in East Asia (3-5 units)

     EPI 202: R Fundamentals for Health Research (1-2 units)

     EPI 206: Meta-Research:  Appraising Research Finding, Bias, & Meta-Analysis (3 units)

     EPI 214: Scientific Writing (2-3 units)        

     EPI 219: Evaluating Technologies for Diagnosis, Prediction and Screening (3 units)

     GSBGEN 551.: Innovation and Management in Health Care (2 units)

     HRP 218: Methods for Health Care Delivery Innovation, Implementation and Evaluation (2 units)

       (if not taken as the Implementation Science Concentration course)

     HRP 263: Advanced Decision Science Methods and Modeling in Health (3 units) 

       (if not taken as the Clinical Decision-Making Concentration course)

     MS&E 292: Health Policy Modeling (3 units)

     PEDS 202B:  Practical Applications for Qualitative Data Analysis (3 units)

       (***NOTE: PEDS 202B is the third course in a series, after PEDS 202C and PEDS 202A***)

     STATS 203: Introduction to Regression Models and Analysis of Variance (3 units)

     STATS 216: Introduction to Statistical Learning (3 units)

     

Spring:   

     EPI 251: Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials (3 units)

     EPI 292: Advanced Statistical Methods for Observational Studies (2-3 units)

     HRP 204: Models for Understanding and Controlling Global Infectious Diseases (3 units) 

     HRP 243: Health Policy Seminar (1 unit)

     HRP 249: Topics in Health Economics (2-5 units)

        (if not taken as the Health Policy Concentration course)

     HRP 252: Outcomes Analysis (4 units)

        (if not taken as the Empiric Methods Concentration course)

     PEDS 202C.  Qualitative Research Methods and Study Design (2-3 units)

         (***NOTE: PEDS 202C is the first course in a series, before PEDS 202A and PEDS 202B***)

     SOMGEN 207: Theories of Change in Global Health (3-4 units)

 

Required For students funded by NIH training grants:

Autumn, Winter, Spring:   MED 255.   The Responsible Conduct of Research (1 unit)   –or–

Autumn, Winter, Spring:     MED 255C.  The Responsible Conduct of Research for Clinical and Community Researchers (1 unit)

 

Sample Programs

Most students will follow one of four “tracks” with a sequence of courses. Some sample programs are listed below. Most core courses are usually completed in the first year, but may be taken in the second year. Note that students can propose alternative course sequences to meet their particular goals, based on an individual career development plan.

 

1.   Clinical Decision Making

      Core Courses:

                Autumn:          

HRP 392: Analysis of Costs, Risks and Benefits of Health Care (4 units)

                           HRP 201A: Health Policy Core Seminar (1-2 units/quarter)

                Winter:            

EPI 261: Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data (3 units)

                             HRP 201B: Health Policy Core Seminar (1-2 units/quarter)

                        HRP 391: Health Law: Finance and Insurance (3 units)

                Spring:     

EPI 262: Intermediate Biostatistics:  Regression, Prediction, Survival Analysis (3 units)

                          HRP 201C: Health Policy Core Seminar (1-2 units/quarter)

                Any:           

HRP 399: Graduate Research (≥ 12 units)

             “Plus 1” course:

                Winter:     

HRP 263: Advanced Decision Science Methods and Modeling (3 units) 

            Suggested Electives:

                Winter:     

EPI 219: Evaluating Technologies for Diagnosis, Prediction and Screening (3 units)

                          GSBGEN 551: Innovation and Management in Health Care (2 units)

                        MS&E 292: Health Policy Modeling (3 units)

            Spring:

HRP 204: Models for Understanding and Controlling Global Infectious Diseases (3 units) 

HRP 243: Health Policy Seminar (1 unit)

                        HRP 252: Outcomes Analysis (4 units)

 

2.   Empirical Methods

      Core Courses:

                Autumn:          

HRP 392: Analysis of Costs, Risks and Benefits of Health Care (4 units)

                           HRP 201A: Health Policy Core Seminar (1-2 units/quarter)

                Winter:            

EPI 261: Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data (3 units)

                             HRP 201B: Health Policy Core Seminar (1-2 units/quarter)

                        HRP 391: Health Law: Finance and Insurance (3 units)

                Spring:     

EPI 262: Intermediate Biostatistics:  Regression, Prediction, Survival Analysis (3 units)

                          HRP 201C: Health Policy Core Seminar (1-2 units/quarter)

                Any:           

HRP 399: Graduate Research (≥ 12 units)

             “Plus 1” Course:

                Spring:      

HRP 252: Outcomes Analysis (4 units)

            Suggested Electives:

                Autumn:   

BIOMEDIN 215: Data Driven Medicine (3 units)

EPI 223: Data Management in SAS (2 units) 

                Winter:     

EPI 206: Meta-Research: Appraising Research Finding, Bias & Meta-Analysis (3 units)

                            EPI 219: Evaluating Technologies for Diagnosis, Prediction and Screening (3 units)

                Spring:     

EPI 292: Advanced Statistical Methods for Observational Studies (2-3 units)

HRP 243: Health Policy Seminar (1 unit)

                             

 

3.     Health Policy

      Core Courses

Autumn:           

HRP 392: Analysis of Costs, Risks and Benefits of Health Care (4 units)

                           HRP 201A: Health Policy Core Seminar (1-2 units/quarter)

                Winter:            

EPI 261: Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data (3 units)

                             HRP 201B: Health Policy Core Seminar (1-2 units/quarter)

                        HRP 391: Health Law: Finance and Insurance (3 units)

                Spring:     

EPI 262: Intermediate Biostatistics:  Regression, Prediction, Survival Analysis (3 units)

                          HRP 201C: Health Policy Core Seminar (1-2 units/quarter)

                Any:           

HRP 399: Graduate Research (≥ 12 units) 

         “Plus 1” Course

                 Spring:     

HRP 249: Topics in Health Economics (2-5 units)

         Suggested Electives:

                Autumn:   

EPI 264: Foundations of Statistical and Scientific Inference (1 unit)

                         HRP 224: Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Lab – Global & Planetary Health (3-4 units)

HRP 285: Global Leaders and Innovators in Human and Planetary Health (1-2 units) 

                Winter:     

EASTASN 217: Health and Healthcare Systems in East Asia (3-5 units)

EPI 206: Meta-Research: Appraising Research Finding, Bias & Meta-Analysis (3 units)

                            EPI 219: Evaluating Technologies for Diagnosis, Prediction and Screening (3 units)

                        GSBGEN 551: Innovation and Management in Health Care (2 units)

                Spring:     

HRP 243: Health Policy Seminar (1 unit)

SOMGEN 207: Theories of Change in Global Health (3-4 units)

 

4.   Implementation Science

      Core Courses:

  Autumn:         

HRP 392: Analysis of Costs, Risks and Benefits of Health Care (4 units)

                           HRP 201A: Health Policy Core Seminar (1-2 units/quarter)

                Winter:            

EPI 261: Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data (3 units)

                             HRP 201B: Health Policy Core Seminar (1-2 units/quarter)

                        HRP 391: Health Law: Finance and Insurance (3 units)

                Spring:     

EPI 262: Intermediate Biostatistics:  Regression, Prediction, Survival Analysis (3 units)

                          HRP 201C: Health Policy Core Seminar (1-2 units/quarter)

                Any:           

HRP 399: Graduate Research (≥ 12 units) 

         “Plus 1” Course:

                Winter:     

HRP 218.: Methods for Health Care Delivery Innovation, Implementation and Innovation, Implementation and Evaluation (2 units) 

            Suggested Electives:

                Autumn:   

                          MED 273. Biodesign for Mobile Health (1-3 units)

                        PEDS 202A: Practical Applications for Qualitative Data Analysis (3 units)

                         (***NOTE: PEDS 202A is the second course in a series, after PEDS 202C and before PEDS 202B***)

                Winter:   

GSBGEN 551: Innovation and Management in Health Care (2 units)

                        PEDS 202B:  Practical Applications for Qualitative Data Analysis (3 units)

                         (***NOTE: PEDS 202B is the third course in a series, after PEDS 202C and PEDS 202A***)

            Spring:

                        PEDS 202C.  Qualitative Research Methods and Study Design (2-3 units)

                         (***NOTE: PEDS 202C is the first course in a series, before PEDS 202A and PEDS 202B***)

SOMGEN 207: Theories of Change in Global Health (3-4 units)

                        

Health Policy MS Thesis Requirements:

 

Nature of the Master's Thesis:  The completion of a master's thesis is an essential component of the MS program in Health Policy. The thesis allows students to apply methodologic principles to specific issues in health or medical care, and to demonstrate the following:

•    Familiarity with health care organization, financing, and policy issues

•    Awareness of technical, methodological, and other issues relevant to health services research

•    Comprehension of analysis techniques, their proper use, and limitations

•    Knowledge in a substantive area of health services

•    Ability to communicate scientific reasoning and argue analytically

 

Thesis proposal:  Each student will submit a 1-2 page thesis proposal by the end of the first year in the program. The proposal should describe the research project which will fulfill the requirement for the master’s thesis including identifying the research question and describing the data sources and methods which will be used. For collaborative projects, the student should identify the collaborators and describe in detail his or her role on the project. For projects using secondary data, the student should provide evidence that the data will be available for the proposed research and describe how he or she will access the data. In the proposal, the student should identify the members of the thesis committee.  The proposal must be approved by the primary advisor and the program director.

 

Thesis: The thesis typically has 30–50 pages of text, double-spaced, exclusive of tables, figures, and references. Each thesis must include a summary abstract of approximately 250 to 500 words. The thesis may take one of several forms, such as:

·       Original analysis of data, whether collected primarily for the thesis or as secondary data analysis

•    A decision model or cost-effectiveness analysis

•    A quantitative policy analysis

The quality of the master’s thesis should be such that it can be converted into a manuscript for publication.

 

Thesis Committee:  Each student will propose a thesis committee, to be approved by the Program Director, comprised of at least two faculty members associated with the Master's degree program, one of whom must be a core faculty member, and the second must be either core or affiliated faculty.  The chair of the thesis committee will be the student's primary faculty advisor, and a member of the core faculty.  All committee members must read and approve the final thesis.  Depending on the topic of the project, additional faculty members may serve as mentors either as a committee member or in a less formal arrangement.  Other faculty members may be added to the thesis to serve as "content experts" for projects concerned with specific diseases or medical treatments.

A draft of the thesis should be completed for review by the reading committee significantly before the appropriate quarter deadline listed above.  The student should discuss the actual schedule with their committee faculty.  Students should be prepared to submit a draft 4-6 weeks before the deadline to allow adequate time to revise the thesis.  A “final version” of the thesis should be provided to the committee with enough time for them to sign and for the student to submit the thesis by the dates above.