The Department of Health Policy and Management offers a number of graduate degrees that allow students to specialize in key aspects of this broad and dynamic field. The degrees we offer are:
- Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy
- Master of Health Administration (MHA)
- Executive (online) Master of Health Administration (MHA@GW)
- Master of Science (MS) in Health Policy
- Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) in Health Policy
- Doctorate of Public Policy (PhD) – Health Policy Track
- Joint Degrees - Health Policy
The MPH in health policy provides education in the substance of health policy and the methods of health policy analysis, with a strong focus on communication and leadership. Our strategic location in Washington, DC provides unique opportunities for course assignments, experiential learning, and connections to experienced policy advisors, analysts and leaders.
The Master of Science in health policy prepares students in the substance of health policy, and to generate and analyze evidence that will inform pressing health policy issues. This degree program emphasizes skills in health services and public health research, and quantitative and qualitative analysis.
The Master of Health Administration incorporates business and medical informatics training, knowledge of health care systems, management theory, ethics, law, and policy, and critical values in decision making. The curriculum’s special strengths include an emphasis on experiential learning and community service, distinguished faculty, research collaborations and relationships with policymaking and health care organizations in Washington, DC.
The Executive MHA (MHA@GW) degree is designed for adult learners who possess either clinical or administrative experience in healthcare delivery. The MHA@GW curriculum focuses on developing the skills and values needed for persons who seek to create highly effective healthcare organizations. The culminating activities for MHA@GW students include a field-based research project and a portfolio that demonstrates the achievement of program competencies.
The DrPH Health Policy Specialty Field is focused on understanding and learning to apply policy perspectives regarding public health and health care to real-world and complex problem. Particular emphasis is placed on medically-underserved and vulnerable populations. The specialty field allows candidates to work at the nexus of health policy, public health practice and leadership, and health services research.
The PhD is offered in coordination with GW's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. The health policy track in this PhD program prepares students for careers as health services and health policy researchers. Combining deep policy content knowledge with advanced methodological skills and rigor, the program emphasizes the important role of policy scholarship and evidence in the policy-making process.
Joint Degrees with GW Law School:
JD/MPH or LLM/MPH
Under the auspices of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, we offer unique educational opportunities to law students, practicing lawyers, and health professions students. This includes the joint degrees of JD/MPH and LLM/MPH. The Hirsh Program’s overall goal is to advance a greater understanding regarding how the law influences and shapes all facets of health care and public health, as well as how the changing system affects traditional areas of the law.