Health Policy

A broad base, plus depth and detail

You’ll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in the MPA program’s core competencies. These five courses (15 credit hours) will give you well-developed analytical skills and a broad understanding of policy issues and government processes. You'll then build on this foundation with three other required courses specific to health policy.

The following is an example of courses. Please work with your advisor as you make your schedule.

  • Health Policy (V 549)
  • Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (V 507)
  • Public Program Evaluation (V 562)

The remainder of your course work (9 credit hours) will come in a wide range of elective course. These will allow you to tailor your Health Policy program to your own specific interests. At least two of these electives must be taken within SPEA.

  • Health Industry Regulation (H 524)
  • Health Economics (H 525)
  • Healthcare Finance (H 526)
  • International Healthcare Systems (H 527)
  • Proposal Development and Grant Management (N 557)
  • Public Health Policy and Politics in the U.S. (SPH-P 685)
  • Business of Life Sciences I: Trends (BUS-X 518)
  • Business of Life Sciences: Value Chain (BUS-X 519)

Combining your Health Policy concentration with another MPA concentration—such as Policy Analysis, Public Financial Administration, or Nonprofit Management—can offer you unique advantages in pursuing a particular career. As they help you design your program, our faculty will work to accommodate your specialized professional interests.

Experiential learning

Our MPA offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You’ll also get the benefit of experiential learning—typically through an approved internship. What’s more, your concentration’s course work will culminate in a project-oriented course—a capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program.

Current and past placements and internships:
  • Cover Monroe
  • Grant Thornton
  • Heartland Alliance International
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy & Planning
  • Medical University of Silesia (Katowice, Poland)
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Peace Corps