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MPH, Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Evaluation with stethoscope and a pen

Shape health policy and improve health care delivery

This program focuses on health care policies and incorporating the analysis and evaluation of all policies that affect the public’s health, such as: policies related to public health organizations, education, housing, nutrition and environmental factors.

Perfect for students who want to

  • Understand the complex structures of health care delivery in the U.S.
  • Explore the legal and ethical foundations for health care
  • Engage in policy processes designed to improve health care access among diverse populations

Career paths

Our graduates are prepared to work in:

  • Governmental affairs
  • Federal/state agencies
  • Health policy consulting

Program Overview

The Master of Public Health in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation is an in-person professional degree that prepares students for careers focused on health policy in the government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors. The degree typically takes two years to complete and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. The degree program consists of 3 modules: (1) The integrated public health core; (2) The health policy analysis and evaluation core; and (3) The Internship and Capstone (or Thesis) Core.

See all Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation graduate student resources.

There are 45 total credits in the MPH in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation curriculum.

View all required courses for the MPH in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation on the UMD Catalog.

Module 1: Integrated Core - 6 courses

Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation - 8 courses

Module 3: Internship and Capstone (or Thesis) - 2 courses

See the MPH in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation program plan, competencies, and suggested electives.


Module Course Name Credits
Module 1: Integrated Core SPHL600 Foundations of Public Health 1
Module 1: Integrated Core SPHL602 Epidemiology & Biostatistics 4
Module 1: Integrated Core SPHL603 Applied Data Laboratory 1
Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation HLSA601 Introduction to Health Systems 3
Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation HLSA702 Policy and Politics of Health 3
Module Course Name Credits
Module 1: Integrated Core SPHL610 Program Planning, Development and Evaluation 5
Module 1: Integrated Core SPHL611 Public Health Ethics 1
Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation Elective 3
Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation Elective 3
Module Course Name Credits
Module 1: Integrated Core SPHL620 Leadership and Policy Analysis 2
Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation ***HLSA711 Health Economics and Analysis 3
Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation HLSA775: Public Health Research Methods 3
Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation Elective 3

 

***Accelerated BS-MPH students will take HLSA 724 Developing and Implementing Health Policy in Maryland instead of HLSA711.
Module Course Name Credits
Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation Elective 3
Module 3: Internship and Capstone (or Thesis)* SPHL778 Internship 4
Module 3: Internship and Capstone (or Thesis)** HLSA786 Capstone or HLSA 799 3 or 6

 
*Many students opt to take Internship credits in the summer between first and second year. More information about the internship can be found here

**Thesis students take one less elective than Capstone students in order to make room for the 6 Thesis credits within the 45 credit total.

Graduates of the MPH in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation will be able to: 

  • Recommend solutions to policy problems, using literature, evidence, and data.
  • Critique and analyze the impact of multiple payers on health care delivery, financing, and health outcomes.
  • Develop and assess evaluative measures linked to program or policy goals and objectives.
  • Evaluate the main components of the organization and delivery of health care and their impact on population health.
  • Analyze the role of power, influence, and evidence in the political and policy process at the federal, state, and local level.