Health Policy specialization

The Health Policy program acquaints students with the relevant history and institutions of health policy, develops their quantitative skills for program evaluation and the analysis of large data sets, and helps them grapple with the moral issues raised by inequality. Our required courses anchor flexible master's degree programs for pre-career and mid-career students who seek to specialize in health policy. A resident faculty with nationally-renowned expertise in various fields is complemented by a broader menu of relevant course offerings across other units of the College Park campus.

Health Policy specialization requirements

  • PLCY689E “Program Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis” (taken in the first spring)
  • PLCY611 “Quantitative Analysis of Policy Issues”
  • PLCY734 “Foundations of Social Policy” (taken in the first spring)
  • PLCY735 “Health Policy”
  • One health policy course, including:
    • PLCY698K “Comparative Health Policy”
    • PLCY784 “Disease, Disasters & Development”
    • PLCY745 "Human Health and Environmental Policy"
    • Other courses approved by the specialization head

Sample plan of study for the Health Policy (HLTH) specialization

Below is an example of how a student in this specialization may progress towards her MPP degree semester by semester. It does not represent the only way to sequence the courses.

Centers conducting Health Policy research

  • Center for International Policy Exchanges (CIPE)
  • National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
  • UMD Health Collaboration
  • Welfare Reform Academy

For more information, please contact the Health Policy specialization head, Dr. Chris Foreman,