Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Health Policy

Program Length

1 - 4 Years

Program Format


Program Audience

Health/Healthcare Professionals


Rolling Admission

The nation’s healthcare system is undergoing a massive restructuring, a movement that rewards value rather than volume of services. Leaders are needed to plan and implement solutions to the complex challenges facing today's healthcare systems—rising costs, lack of universal access to basic health services and increasing concerns about the quality and safety of medical care.

Responding to these challenges, the Jefferson College of Population Health's (JCPH) Health Policy program prepares graduates to assume policy analysis and advocacy roles in healthcare provider organizations, integrated healthcare delivery systems, government offices, academic institutions, health services research firms, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and community-based or advocacy organizations.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Policy provides foundational knowledge in health policy analysis. The Master of Science in Health Policy (MS-HP) prepares graduates to be health policy leaders and managers, who possess advanced analytic skills for problem identification and actionable policy solutions.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Health Policy are able to:

  • Identify the key stakeholders in U.S. healthcare organization, delivery and financing, 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.
  • Assess the role of information systems and data analysis in the policy-making process.
  • Examine the intersection of health law and the U.S. healthcare delivery system, particularly in regards to policy decisions and reimbursement.

Graduates of the master's degree achieve deeper and more comprehensive proficiency in research methods and statistical techniques that support policy formulation and implementation. Graduates of the MS-HP degree are able to achieve the above competencies plus:

  • 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 workflow 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.

Program Audiences

The Graduate Certificate and Master of Science in Health Policy are designed for experiened health executives and practitioners. Candidates should have a strong foundation and at least three to five years of experience in one or more key sectors of the healthcare or public health system. The program is not designed for recent college/professional school graduates or mature students transitioning from unrelated fields. Students in the health policy program come from a wide variety of fields and have included:

  • Practicing healthcare professionals working in healthcare settings, healthcare insurance plans or management companies, academic organizations, community organizations and public/government entities
  • Professionals working in organizations involved in the delivery, administration and/or financing of health care
  • Healthcare program administrators
  • 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 Graduate Certificate in Health Policy requires completion of 18 credits, all of which can be applied to the MS-HP.

The MS-HP requires completion of 39 credits. The Capstone Project is presented on campus to peers and faculty following completion of coursework.


Admissions Considerations

  • Three or more years of substantial experience in some aspect of the health/healthcare industry.
  • 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

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