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Conversations around diversity often focus on race or gender, leaving Black and Brown women out of the running for key leadership roles. I’m committed to staying connected to YSPH through mentorship and recruitment efforts to help build a diverse pipeline for the next generation of international development leaders.

Ffyona Patel, MPH '14
Regional Program Manager for USAID's Integrated Health Program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

MPH - 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.

How to Apply

For more information on how to apply visit the YSPH Admissions website.

Apply through SOPHAS.

What are the program's areas of expertise?

  • Health systems reform
  • Quality, efficiency and equity of healthcare
  • Substance abuse and mental health
  • Modeling, policy, operations and disease
  • Pharmaceuticals, vaccines and medical devices
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Global Health

What makes us different?

  • The curriculum, didactic approaches and support system for students at the Department of Health Policy and Management have been designed to build a sense of community and collective education. From the summer before your first year, these arrangements immerse you in participatory learning and teamwork, in and out of class, to enable you to transition to the workforce with the soft skills necessary for success in today’s complex health care environment.
  • Although all health policy programs impart a set of technical skills, HPM complements this with a commitment to strengthen students' conceptual abilities – to help you think in innovative and transformative ways. These will guide you in rethinking the ways public health issues and problems are discussed in contemporary politics.
  • HPM takes a distinctive approach to professional development: We will help you to understand the options that exist among policy analytic paradigms – and to thoughtfully choose what kind of analyst you’d like to be in over the course of your professional career. In a nutshell, this involves a deep understanding of the relative strengths of three paradigms:
    • An analyst who works primarily with quantitative methods: including policy modeling, adept with numbers and projections,
    • An analyst committed to policy advocacy, using emotionally compelling narratives to change policy discourse, or
    • An analyst committed to clarifying values, who can help the public and policymakers imagine what health care could look like if transformed beyond its current foci and organizational arrangements.


2024-25 Matriculation
The MPH degree requires a total of 20 course units. The MPH in Health Policy (HP) requires the student to complete or acquire an exemption from the following courses. Full time students must carry a minimum of 4 course units each semester. If a course is waived, a substitute course must be identified. In addition, all 2-year MPH students are required to complete an internship and an Applied Practice Experience (APE). An internship may fulfill both requirements if it meets certain conditions. Please refer to the Internship and Practicum Guidelines for more information.

MPH Core Courses (5 course units)

  • EPH 505 Biostatistics in Public Health I - 1 unit
  • EPH 507 Social Justice and Health Equity - 1 unit
  • EPH 508 Foundations of Epidemiology for Public Health - 1 unit
  • EPH 510 Health Policy and Health Care Systems - 1 unit
  • EPH 513 Major Health Threats - 1 unit
  • EPH 100/EPH 101 Professional Skills Series - 0 units
  • EPH 520 or 521 Summer Internship - 0 units (The Summer Internship may meet the APE requirement but the workplan must first be approved by the Office of Public Health Practice. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the APE through the Summer internship requirement. If not, students will need to take a practicum course during the 2nd year using one of their remaining electives.)

HP Department Required Courses (6 course units)

  • HPM 514 Health Politics, Governance, and Policy - 1 unit
  • HPM 560 Health Economics and U.S. Health Policy - 1 unit
  • HPM 583 Methods in Health Services Research - 1 unit
  • HPM 586 Microeconomics for Health Policy and Health Management - 1 unit
  • HPM 597 Capstone Course in Health Policy - 1 unit
  • HPM 697 Health Policy Leadership Seminar - 0 units

One of the following:

  • HPM 570 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making - 1 unit
  • HPM 588 Public Health Law - 1 unit

Elective Courses (9 course units)