Health Policy PhD
The Health Policy PhD program in the College of Public Health emphasizes the use of economics, health services and outcomes research—as well as healthcare administration and leadership—to study today’s challenging health policy issues. Students graduate from this program ready to pursue careers as academic researchers in universities or policy makers who can help address critical questions in healthcare and public health.
Health Policy PhD students work closely with faculty on key public health topics, such as eliminating health disparities; examining healthcare costs; improving the quality and the outcomes of healthcare services; and developing policy initiatives that target areas of population health such as aging, chronic diseases, mental health, risk behaviors, substance use and violence/injury prevention.
Students have opportunities to improve community health and reduce public health inequities in one of the largest urban settings in the U.S. Many doctoral students collaborate with community-based and healthcare delivery organizations in Philadelphia while they conduct research projects for their dissertations. The onsite format of the Health Policy program allows you to work closely with faculty and peers to collaborate on research studies, develop collegial bonds, meet potential mentors and collaborators, and prepare for your future in health policy.
The program trains students in developing, evaluating and implementing health policy at the local, state, national and global levels in both private and public institutional settings.