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:

  • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  • Design an applied health policy research project using appropriate research methods (e.g., quasi-experimental design)
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
  • Apply knowledge of health services research relevant disciplines and quantitative methodology to synthesize and critique published research


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