Master of Science Degree in Health Policy

Master's Students

Nathan Itoga is a Vascular Surgery resident at Stanford and is interested in studying variations in procedural and diagnostic imaging use in vascular related diseases.


Emily Johnston is originally from Iowa and went to undergrad at Carleton College in Minnesota.  Since medical school she has been at Stanford - for both Pediatric Residency and now Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship.  She is currently getting her Masters in Health Services Research.


Jody Lin, MD received her BS in Chemical Biology with a minor in Public Policy at UC Berkeley followed by her MD at UC Irvine. She then completed her general pediatrics residency at Baylor College of Medicine before coming to Stanford to complete concurrent fellowships in Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the Department of Pediatrics and Health Systems Design at the Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC).

Dr. Lin is currently a Spectrum KL2 Career Development Award scholar through which she will complete a Masters in Health Services Research and pursue further research in shared decision making and health systems design for children with medical complexity. Current projects include exploring narratives of parents of children with medical complexity, developing technological aids for chronic illness management, and piloting new models of care in early childhood.

Dr. Lin has volunteered for and led multiple initiatives providing medical services to resource-limited populations, most notably partnering with county public health programs and nonprofits to provide wraparound services to combat generational homelessness. Subsequently she became interested in program evaluation using health services research methodologies and has focused on improving care for vulnerable populations in pediatrics, such as children with medical complexity. She was also part of a multidisciplinary team that created new models of care to improve health care value in early childhood at CERC.


Satoshi Maruyama is a Master’s student in Health Services Research at Stanford University. He has also served as a government official in the Japanese government since April 2009. He was in charge of policy planning of medical services fee-schedule revision, atomic-bomb survivors supporting policy, and health policy planning at Japan Self Force Defense since then. He has done his internal medicine training at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Japan. He received his MD and MPH from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2006 and 2009, respectively.

His research interests include health policy and health economics. His ultimate career goal is to improve the efficiency of the healthcare system in Japan with enhanced financial sustainability, and improvement in the quality of care. 

Daniel Tawfik was born and raised in Illinois, and graduated from Wheaton College in 2007, followed by a summer teaching high school students in Kenya.  He then began his slow journey west, graduating from medical school at the University of Iowa in 2011, then moving on to pediatric residency with the University of Utah, where he developed an interest in critical care and did research on high frequency ventilation in the PICU. He is now a fellow in pediatric critical care medicine at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, where his research interests include characterizing the operational features of high-performing health care systems.

Jessican Yu is a gastroenterology fellow and a Master's student in Health Services Research at the Stanford School of Medicine.  She is interested in studying the quality and outcomes of different endoscopic therapies. She received a BS in Chemical-Biological Engineering  from MIT and an MD from the University of Michigan Medical School, where she also completed her Internal Medicine residency.