Health Policy Research, MSHP

Based in Perelman School of Medicine, the Master of Science in health policy research (MSHP) is a two-year training program.  The curriculum spans four major domains: health economics, health policy, qualitative and quantitative measurement, and statistics. The students in the program for the most part have terminal degrees in other clinical fields (largely MDs) and take part in the MSHP during their clinical-fellowship training. Students completing the MSHP program are well-situated to pursue careers in academia, non-profit organizations, and health policy governmental positions.  Through mentored research, students learn to plan and execute health policy research using a variety of methodologies.


Students complete 12.0 course units of coursework and must achieve a B- or better in each course and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Students who are CHIPS Fellows may complete an optional, additional course unit when pursuing the QI Capstone.
Core Courses
HPR 5010Economics of Health Care Delivery1
HPR 6000Health Services Research and Innovation Science1
HPR 6030Health Services and Policy Research Methods I: Primary Data Design and Collection1
HPR 6040Introduction to Statistics for Health Policy1
HPR 6060Fundamentals of Health Policy1
HPR 6070Health Services and Policy Research Methods II: Causal Inference Using Secondary Data1
HPR 6080Applied Regression Analysis for Health Policy Research1
HPR 9900Health Policy Research Thesis I1
HPR 9901Health Policy Research Thesis II1
Non-Academic Requirement
HIPPA Training
MSHP Standard Degree
Select 3 electives
Health Care Quality & Safety concentration
CHIPS Fellowship Program
Principles and Practice of Healthcare Quality Improvement
Systems Thinking in Patient Safety
Select 1 elective
QI Capstone
Capstone may be completed for credit or non-credit
Quality Improvement Capstone I
QI Capstone Non-Credit option
Total Course Units12

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.