Health Policy Research, MSHP

The MSHP is a two year training program that leads to a Master of Science degree.  This program is based out of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine in close collaboration with the Leonard Davis Institute (LDI) and the Department of Health Care Systems at the Wharton School. Building upon the trans-disciplinary nature of LDI, this program is also closely affiliated with the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Social Policy and Practice--two schools in the University of Pennsylvania with growing interest in and commitment to the fields of health services research and health policy. The MSHP also benefits from LDI’s strong connections to multiple other schools at Penn, including the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing and the Law School.

The primary goal of the Master of Science in Health Policy Research training program is to train outstanding investigators in health services and policy research.  Students completing the MSHP are well situated to pursue careers in academia, non-profit organizations and health policy. Tailored educational experiences enable students to engage effectively with community partners, policy makers, and other interested stake holders.  Through mentored research students learn to plan and execute policy-relevant, patient-centered research using a variety of different methodologies including qualitative, cross-sectional, simulation, quasi-experimental, and experimental study designs. Finally, the educational experience is deepened with a two year career development lecture series that introduces students to skills essential to careers more generally, including applying for grant funding, managing a research team, negotiating a job, communicating research findings, creating a national reputation and other skills that are just as important to career success as skills in research methods.


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 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.