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Health Policy and Management

PhD Concentration in Health & Public Policy

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Program Curriculum for 2020

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The concentration in Health and Public Policy is designed for students interested in preventing leading public health problems through the development, analysis, implementation, and evaluation of public health policies.

Faculty affiliated with this concentration employ an interdisciplinary approach to their teaching, research and practice activities, which is reflected by their backgrounds in medicine, epidemiology, political science, sociology, law, environmental health, and the risk sciences.  The emphasis on prevention policy makes this concentration one of the few nationwide with a cadre of faculty advancing policy research to prevent leading public health problems.  

Faculty and students in this concentration consider a broad array of public health policies which affect health, safety and quality of life. These include policies pertaining to obesity, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, inequality, housing, injury, prescription drug overuse, transportation, and the environment. Students examine challenging public health problems and learn how political, social, economic, ethical, cultural, and legal factors affect health, and how public health policy can address these problems. Students acquire skills that enable them to conduct rigorous research to inform policy solutions, effectively translate their scholarly work to policy and practice, and emerge as leaders in public health policy. 

Students in Health and Public Policy may choose specialized areas identified to help focus their electives in such a way as to best provide the background needed for their dissertation work. Areas include Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, Injury Prevention and Control, Social Policy and Health, and the Practice of Prevention.

Those interested in taking additional graduate level coursework in policy or research methods for the social sciences, as part of their electives requirement, should consider courses offered at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) and at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).