Health Policy


College of Population Health


Master of Science, Certificate




2 - 4 Years



Master's Degree: U.S. Health Policy Track
(No longer accepting applications)
  • HPL 500: U.S. Healthcare Organization & Delivery
  • POP 500: Essentials of Population Health
  • HPL 504: Health Law & Regulatory Issues
  • HPL 505: Legislative, Executive, and Regulatory Processes
  • HPL 506: Health Policy: Analysis and Development
  • HPL 511: Policy Approaches to Addressing Social Determinants of Health
  • HPL 512: Medicare and Medicaid
  • HPL 513: Effective Communication and Dissemination of Data
  • HPL 520: Fundamentals of Practice-based Statistics
  • Elective (Program Director approval needed)
  • HPL 650: Capstone
MD/MD/MS in Health Policy with Concentration in International Health & Medicine (Cattolica/SKMC program) (*1)

(* refers to footnotes)
  • HPL 550 Comparative Health Systems (*2)
  • HPL 513: Effective Communication and Dissemination of Data (*2)
  • HPL 520: Fundamentals of Practice-based Statistics (*2)
  • HPL 516: Delivering Health Services in Resource-limited Countries (*2)
  • Elective 1 
  • Elective 2 
  • HPL 650: Capstone
  1. Students in this program who do not complete the SKMC MD, but successfully complete the Cattolica MD, along with the listed courses in JCPH, will earn an MD/MS.
  2. Students in this program who do not complete the Cattolica MD or SKMC MD, can opt for an APC (Advanced Practice Certificate) in International Health & Medicine by completing these four courses.

For course descriptions, please view the Jefferson College of Population Health Course Descriptions page.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of our Health Policy program are able to:

Graduate Certificate
  • Identify the inter-relationship among key stakeholders in U.S. health and health care, including health care delivery systems, public health, financing systems, advocacy organizations, and the political system, with a focus on policy-making bodies.
  • Examine the influence of social, economic, behavioral and political factors on health outcomes.
  • Explore the general theoretical principles of economics and their application in the healthcare sector.
  • Understand the legal, legislative, and regulatory processes that influence health policy development, implementation, and financing.
  • Understand the role of information systems and data analysis in the policy-making process.
Master’s Degree (above plus)
  • Design, conduct, and evaluate health policy briefs, statements, analyses, and research.
  • Apply data driven analytical skills to identify problems, model solutions, and predict outcomes.
  • Develop system-wide approaches that consider market forces and multiple stakeholder positions in the development of actionable policy solutions.
  • Develop competencies in multi-sector collaboration.
  • Explore approaches to developing and financing policies to address the social determinants of health.
  • Select and integrate information systems and technology to support decision-making and workflow within and across settings and sectors.
  • Learn effective approaches to communication and dissemination of information and data.
  • Apply advanced management and leadership skills to develop policies that manage costs of health care and that improve access, quality and safety.