Master of Science Degree in Health Policy

Core Requirements

The core course requirements cover four knowledge areas:  1) empirical methods, 2) clinical decision-making, 3) health policy, and 4) applied research.  (Other health policy courses may be substituted subject to approval by the faculty advisor and program director.) Students must complete the following courses with a 3.0 (B) or better:

Empirical Methods
HRP 261: Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data (BIOMEDIN 233, STATS 261)
HRP 262: Intermediate Biostatistics: Regression, Prediction, Survival Analysis (STATS 262)

Clinical Decision-Making
HRP 392: Analysis of Costs, Risks, and Benefits of Health Care (BIOMEDIN 432)

Health Policy (Choose one)
HRP 256: Economics of Health and Medical Care (BIOMEDIN 156/BIOMEDIN 256/ECON 126) or
HRP 391: Health Law: Finance and Insurance (PUBLPOL 231)

Applied Research
HRP 283:  Health Services Research Core Seminar (at least 3 units)

Concentrations

In addition to completing the core courses listed above, students must satisfy a concentration requirement in one of the three content areas of empirical methods, clinical decision-making or health policy.  The requirement for each concentration is as follows:

Empirical Methods
HRP 252: Outcomes Analysis (BIOMEDIN 251, MED 252)

Clinical Decision-Making
 HRP 263: Advanced Decision Science Methods and Modeling in Health (MED 263)

Health Policy
HRP 256: Economics of Health and Medical Care (BIOMEDIN 156/BIOMEDIN 256/ECON 126)

Select 2 additional methods-focused health policy courses, approved by advisor - e.g. HRP 391, HRP 206 or MED 262
HRP 391: Health Law: Finance and Insurance (PUBLPOL 231)
HRP 206: Meta-research: Appraising Research Findings, Bias, and Meta-analysis (CHPR 206, MED 206, STATS 211)
MED 262:  Economics of Health Improvement in Developing Countries (ECON 127)

Substitutions
ECON 102A and ECON 102B can be substituted for HRP 261 and HRP 262.

Sample MS Degree Program in Health Policy

Course   Units Total
  First Quarter: Autumn    
HRP 256 Economics of Health and Medical Care (BIOMEDIN 156, BIOMEDIN 256, ECON 126) 5  
HRP 283 Health Services Research Core Seminar
1  
HRP 392 Analysis of Costs, Risks, and Benefits of Health Care (BIOMEDIN 432)
4  
  Total for Autumn Quarter   10
  Second Quarter: Winter    
HRP 206 Meta-research: Appraising Research Findings, Bias, and Meta-analysis (CHPR 206, MED 206, STATS 211) 3  
HRP 261 Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data (BIOMEDIN 233, STATS 261)
3  
HRP 283 Health Services Research Core Seminar
1  
HRP 391 Health Law: Finance and Insurance (PUBLPOL 231) 3  
  Total for Winter Quarter   10
  Third Quarter: Spring    
HRP 262 Intermediate Biostatistics: Regression, Prediction, Survival Analysis (STATS 262) 3  
HRP 252 Outcomes Analysis 4  
HRP 283 Health Services Research Core Seminar
1  
HRP 399 Graduate Research
2  
  Total for Spring Quarter   10
  Fourth Quarter: Autumn    
HRP 222A* Advising Congress on Health Policy
1  
HRP 283* Health Services Research Core Seminar
1  
HRP 399 Graduate Research 8  
-- Total for Autumn Quarter   10
  Fifth Quarter: Winter    
HRP 218* Methods for Health Care Delivery Innovation, Implementation and Evaluation (CHPR 212, MED 212) 2  
HRP 399 Graduate Research (Master's Thesis) 3
5
Total Units     45

* Elective course

Students without prior training in statistics are strongly encouraged to enroll in STAT 141 (autumn, 4-5 units) prior to enrolling HRP 261 and 262.