Health Policy Track

Analyzing how changes to public health policy and financing influence service delivery, health care spending, quality of care, and access to services

The Health Policy track prepares students for health policy leadership positions in the public and private sectors, potentially serving in a wide range of applied roles including as analysts, consultants, and policymakers. 

Eligibility

  • Bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree
  • At least two years of relevant, post-undergraduate professional experience working in a health or policy setting strongly preferred

Courses

In addition to the core public health coursework (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Social and Behavioral Science, Environmental Science, and Health Services Administration), courses include Health Economics, U.S. Health Policy, Research Ethics, and Decision Analysis.

Practicum

As part of the 240-hour public health practicum, students in the Health Policy track may work in a number of settings such as hospitals, managed care organizations, consulting firms, advocacy organizations, non-governmental agencies, public health departments, or local, state, and federal agencies.

Thesis

The Master's Thesis requires students to synthesize and integrate knowledge from their coursework and practicum experiences into a final product. While the product may take the form of a research thesis, a capstone project, a journal article, a policy document, or a program evaluation plan, it should clearly reflect how the project has engaged and impacted the project ‘community’ or site. Students identify a focus area, conduct a literature review, develop a protocol/plan, collect and analyze data when appropriate, and prepare a written product.

Careers

Graduates of the Health Policy track of the Vanderbilt MPH Program will be equipped for health policy leadership positions in the public and private sectors, potentially serving in a wide range of applied roles including as analysts, consultants, and policymakers.