Master of Science (MS) &
Certificate - 1 - 2 years. Master’s degree - 2 to 4 years, depending on pace through the program.
All courses are offered asynchronously online using best practices and interactive learning and are taught by practitioner faculty with years of experience and recognized expertise.
The Master’s and Certificate programs in Health Policy are designed for working professionals seeking part-time educational opportunities.
Jefferson’s Master of Science and Certificate programs in Health Policy prepare leaders to plan and implement solutions to the complex challenges facing today’s healthcare system – rising costs, lack of access to basic health services for many Americans, and increasing concerns about the quality and safety of medical care. The nation’s healthcare system is undergoing a massive restructuring, a movement that rewards value rather than volume of services.
Responding to these challenges, the health policy programs prepare graduates to assume policy analysis and advocacy roles in health care provider organizations, integrated health care delivery systems, government offices, academic institutions, health services research firms, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and community-based or advocacy organizations.
Graduates of the Certificate program achieve basic competency in policy analysis and the ability to evaluate the organization, financing and delivery of health care in the United States. Graduates of the master’s degree achieve deeper and more comprehensive proficiency in research methods and statistical techniques that support policy formulation and implementation. These include the ability to
- Apply analytical skills to identify problems, model solutions, and predict outcomes
- Construct system-wide approaches that consider market forces and multiple stakeholder positions in the development of actionable policy solutions
- Design, conduct and evaluate health policy analyses and research
- Select and integrate information systems and technology to support decision making and work flow within and across healthcare settings
- Apply advanced management and leadership skills to develop policies that manage costs of health care and that improve access, quality and safety
- Practicing healthcare professionals working in healthcare settings, healthcare insurance plans or management companies, academic organizations, community organizations, and public/government entities
- Other professionals working in organizations involved in the delivery, administration and/or financing of health care
- Healthcare program administrators and Individuals working in health-related professional organizations and trade associations
- Pharmaceutical industry professionals
- Health information technology (HIT) professionals working in provider and payer systems
- Public health and government officials working in regulatory positions at local, state, or federal levels
- The Master’s and Certificate programs in Health Policy are designed for working professionals seeking part-time educational opportunities. Students can begin the program in September or January.
- All courses are offered asynchronously online using best practices and interactive learning and are taught by practitioner faculty with years of experience and recognized expertise.
- The Master of Science in Health Policy (MS-HP) requires completion of 39 credits comprising 11 courses and a Capstone Research Project that is presented on the Jefferson campus to peers and faculty following completion of coursework.
- The Certificate in Health Policy requires completion of 18 credits or 6 courses. All courses taken for the Certificate can be applied toward the MS-HP.
- Three 14-week terms per year, beginning in September and ending in July, enable students to complete the Certificate in one to two years and the master’s degree in two to four years, depending on their pace through the program.
The Master of Science in Health Policy (MS-HP) requires completion of 39 credits; the Certificate in Health Policy requires completion of 18 credits or 6 courses. All courses taken for the Certificate can be applied toward the MS-HP.
- Earned baccalaureate degree with approximate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Ability to perform graduate work demonstrated by one of the following:
- Graduate degree or at least 9 credits of appropriate graduate coursework with a grade of B or higher
- Competitive score on the GRE or other graduate entrance examination
- Competency in basic statistics demonstrated by one of the following:
- Undergraduate/graduate coursework with grade of B or higher
- Passing score on JCPH statistic qualifying test or other non-credit exam