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Advanced Professional MPH in Health Policy

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.


2023-24 Matriculation
The Advanced Professional MPH degree requires a total of 16 course units. The Advanced Professional MPH in Health Policy requires the student to complete or acquire an exemption from the following courses. If a course is waived, a substitute course must be identified.

MPH Core Courses (7 course units)

  • BIS 515 Accelerated Biostatistics - 2 units
  • SBS 505 Accelerated Social Foundations of Health - 1 unit
  • CDE 515 Accelerated Epidemiology - 1 unit
  • EPH 510 Health Policy and Health Care Systems - 1 unit
  • EPH 513 Major Health Threats - 1 unit

One of the following (public health practice requirements):

  • EPH 500 Public Health Practicum - 1 unit
  • HPM 555 Health Policy or Health Care Management Practicum - 1 unit
  • HPM 556 Advanced Health Policy Practicum - 1 unit
  • HPM 556 Advanced Health Policy Practicum - 1 unit
  • EPH 555 Practicum in Climate Change, Sustainability, and Public Health - 1 unit
  • EMD/SBS 588 Health Justice Practicum - 1 unit
  • EMD/SBS 596 Health Justice: Theory to Practice - 1 unit
  • SBS 541 Community Health Program Evaluation - 1 unit
Integrated Learning Experience

Track Courses (6 course units)

  • HPM 570 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making - 1 unit
  • HPM 586 Microeconomics for Health Policy and Health Management - 1 unit
  • HPM 514 Health Politics, Governance, and Policy - 1 unit
  • HPM 583 Methods in Health Services Research - 1 unit
One additional health policy, management, or law-related course - 1 unit

One of the following capstone courses:

  • HPM 597 Capstone Course in Health Policy - 1 unit
  • SBS 574 Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention - 1 unit
  • CDE 617 Developing a Research Proposal - 1 unit
  • EPH 557 Evidence-Based Decision Making in Global Health - 1 unit
  • HPM 575 Evaluation of Global Health Policies and Programs - 1 unit

Elective Courses (3 course units)