MS Core Requirements

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MS in Health Policy

Course Requirements

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.

Four courses are required of all students.  Students must also choose a concentration:  clinical decision-making, empirical methods, health policy, or implementation science.  Students must take the corresponding required course with each concentration.

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 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:


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) (offered alternating years)

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

HRP 391.   Health Care Regulation, Finance and Policy (3 units) (not offered 20-21)

Spring:     

HRP 252.   Outcomes Analysis (4 units) (not offered 20-21) or EPI 292.  Advanced Statistical Methods for Observational Studies (2-3 units)

HRP 256.   Economics of Health and Medical Care (5 units) (not offered 20-21) or HRP 249.

Topics in Health Economics (2-5 units)                       

Plus a minimum of 9 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:  

                       EPI 223.  Data Management in SAS (2 units)

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

                       HRP 254.  Quality and Safety in U.S. Health Care (3 units) (not offered every year)

                       HRP 257.  Advanced Topics in the Economics of Health and Medical Care (2 units)

                       EPI 259.  Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Epidemiology (3 units)  (Recommended for students with limited background in statistics)

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

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

                       BIOMEDIN 215.  Data Driven Medicine (3 units)

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

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

Winter

                       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)

                       STATS 216. Introduction to Statistical Learning (3 units)

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

Spring:   

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

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

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

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

                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)

 

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)

                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:   EPI 223.  Data Management in SAS (2 units) 

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

                                   STATS 216.  Introduction to Statistical Learning (3 units)

                Spring:     STATS 266. Advanced Statistical Methods for Observational Studies (2-3 units)

                             

 

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)

                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” Cours

                 Spring:     HRP 256.  Economics of Health and Medical Care (5 units) or HRP 249.  Topics in Health Economics (2-5 units)

         Suggested Electives:

                Spring:      GSBGEN 551.  Innovation and Management in Health Care (2 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:     HRP 261.  Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data (3 units)

                                    HRP 391.  Health Care Regulation, Finance and Policy (3 units)

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

                Spring:      HRP 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) (offered alternating years)

 

           Suggested Electives:

                Autumn:   HRP 254.  Quality and Safety in U.S. Health Care (3 units) 

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

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