MS in Health Services Research and Policy

The Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy program prepares graduates for positions in health services research and policy, analytics and also prepares them for higher level education (such as a PhD). This MS program is primarily intended for students interested in pursuing a PhD but who would benefit from additional preparation before beginning doctoral studies. Graduates will be prepared to conduct research on policy issues affecting the organization, financing, and delivery of health care and public health services.


Graduates will be able to:

  • Comprehend and effectively analyze published research in health services research
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic policy and management ideas and how they affect populations and the distribution of health and disease in human populations
  • Summarize and present health services research orally and in writing
  • Conduct all aspects of a research project, including analyzing data, and interpreting research results


  • 42 credits
  • Coursework in statistics and research methods
  • Coursework in foundations of public health
  • MS thesis