The Master of Public Health (MPH) program in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation is designed to train students as public health scientists and practitioners that focus practice and/or research activities on the understanding, analysis, evaluation, and development of health policy. Various agencies in the state (e.g., county and state health departments) and across the nation (e.g., NIH and CDC), including colleges/universities, health-related agencies, community groups, and even large corporations (health care systems and insurance plans), employ public health professionals with a deep understanding of health policy in order to design, implement, analyze and evaluate policies to improve the health of their constituents. This program prepares graduates to take leadership positions in government agencies, consulting companies, health care organizations such as hospitals, community clinics, or health systems corporations, as well as health policy research organizations.

The MPH concentration in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation at UMD-SPH is unique in that it focuses not only on health care policies but on the analysis and evaluation of all policies that affect the public’s health such as policies related to public health organizations and other public policies in education, housing, nutrition, and environmental pollution, among others that have an impact on population health. Students in the program benefit from UMD-SPH location in the DC area, with its proximity to federal government and agencies tasked with developing and implementing health policies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in particular the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, The Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research, the Environmental Protection Agency and Health Resources and Services Administration, as well as top private and non-profit research institutions such as RAND, Mathematica, The Urban Institute, and The Brookings Institution, which conduct high-quality, independent research and provide innovative, practical recommendations to health policy makers.  Faculty in the HLSA department has active collaborations with several of these agencies and institutions and students in the department have access to internships, capstone projects and post-graduation positions at these organizations. In addition, students in the program benefit for the HLSA department’s close links with the State of Maryland legislature and students have interned with General Assembly members; in those experiences, they have conducted research on legislative issues, co-authored legislation, assisted in preparation for hearings, and other policy related tasks.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation is a 45-credit professional degree offered by the Department of Health Policy and Management.

The curriculum is adaptable to both a full and part-time student status.

All MPH students with concentration in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation will complete the following three modules:

Module  Description Courses
Module 1 Integrated Core Courses
6 courses
Module 2 Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation Courses 8 courses
Module 5 Internship and Capstone (or Thesis) 2 courses

The elective courses in the Heath Policy Analysis and Evaluation MPH cognate area are selected by the student and approved by the advisor so that the MPH competencies are met. Students may select at most two electives (up to 6 credits) from courses relevant to the study of health policy offered at other UMD-SPH departments, at the UMD - College Park campus, at the UMD- Baltimore campus, at UMBC, and at other institutions in the DC area (through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area). 

Module Description and Course Details

Module Semester Course# Course Name Credit

Module 1: Integrated Core Courses

Fall - year 1 SPHL601 Foundations of Public Health 1
Fall - year 1 SPHL602 Applied Data: Epidemiology & Biostatistics  4
Fall - year 1 SPHL603 Applied Data Laboratory 1
Spring - year 1 SPHL610 Program Planning, Development and Evaluation 5
Fall - year 1 SPHL611 Public Health Ethics  1
Fall - year 2 SPHL620 Leadership and Policy Analysis 2
Total Integrated Core  14
Module 2: Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation


Fall - year 1 HLSA601 Introduction to Health Systems (Required) 3
Fall HLSA611 Intro to Health Equity  3
Fall (online) HLSA702 Politics and Policy of Health  3
Fall HLSA711 Health Care Economics and Analysis 3
Fall HLSA720 Health Law and Ethics  3
Spring HLSA721 Demographic Data for Health Policy Analysis 3
Spring HLSA723 Policy Analysis and Advocacy  3
Fall HLSA724 Developing and Implementing Health Policy in MD 3
Spring HLSA740 Healthcare Strategic Planning and Evaluation 3
Fall  HLSA750 Health Information Management System  3
Fall HLSA775 Public Health Research Methods 3
Fall HLSA776 Community Health Program Evaluation 3
Spring HLSA777 Feild Experience in Program Evaluation 3
Elective Course from other modules, SPH, other schools at UMD, UMB, or consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitian Area** Up to 6
Total Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation Module 24
Module 5: Internship, Capstone, Thesis
Fall, Spring, Summer HLSA778 Internship 4
Fall, Spring, Summer HLSA786 Capstone Project (or HLSA 799 Thesis*) 3
Total Internship, Capstone or Thesis Module 7
Total Credits Required for Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation
** Requires advisor approval
* Students completing a thesis (6 credits) instead of a capstone project (3 credits) can select to take one less overview or methods or cognate area course to compensate for the 3 additional thesis credits.

How to Apply:

For more information, please contact Dr. Dylan H. Roby at, sends e-mail) or 301-405 6545

Admission Criteria:

MPH applications are reviewed with consideration to the following criteria:

  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Undergraduate and any graduate transcripts
  • GRE scores taken within the past 5 years (Submit electronically to the University of Maryland, code 0485 & 5814)
  • 3 letters of recommendation that address your academic capabilities
  • Statement of goals and interests
  • Relevant academic/work experience