The Health Policy program at Yale’s School of Public Health (Department of Health Policy and Management – HPM) offers a distinctive educational experience. We provide students with foundational skills in policy analysis, statistical methods, decision-analysis, communication skills and key conceptual frameworks from the social sciences. But we aspire to do more than to build skills: our goal is to empower graduates to become effective agents of change in the policy environments that shape health and health care – to grow into being leaders. This calls for fostering student’s passions, creativity and capabilities as social/policy entrepreneurs.
To this end, the program is designed around a small core of required courses, allowing students to shape their own distinctive programs of learning – particularly during their second year of study. Students design their own sequence of courses in health policy, and may specialize in particular substantive areas (e.g., addiction, health economics, vulnerable populations, global health or consumer decision making). Students bring together these distinct trajectories in an integrative capstone seminar in their final semester.
The scaffolding for these individual pathways often involves connecting students with various concentration areas within YSPH or research centers/institutes that are located around Yale. HPM faculty facilitate these connections so that students may take advantage of a range of opportunities on the Yale campus.
Students who best flourish in health policy at YSPH are those who are willing and eager to co-design with HPM faculty the sort of program of study that best fits their educational and professional aspirations. Graduates of the program in Health Policy are employed in both the public and private sectors, including federal and state agencies, for-profit and nonprofit health care organizations (typically in departments of government relations or strategic planning), and private consulting firms, as well as in research institutes and advocacy organizations. [see Employment Metrics]. Many of our graduates complement their MPH with additional education, ranging from clinical degrees to law school to doctoral programs in various disciplines.
One of the following (public health practice requirements):
One of the following capstone courses: