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The Master of Public Policy and PhD in Population Health Sciences is a dual degree providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to impact change in health care systems.  These two programs employ an interdisciplinary approach to students as they are taught how policy decisions relate to individual patients.   

By making informed policy decisions, health care disparities and diverse perspectives are brought to the forefront.  This exciting program creates an educational path preparing students to investigate, analyze and inform public policy in the context of health care delivery systems.

The Population Health Sciences department uses collaboration as a foundation to advance knowledge.  Graduates are provided methodologic expertise that will advance impact-driven research allowing clinical professionals to provide better patient and population-oriented care in an increasingly complex health care delivery system.  Graduates of the MPP/PhD in Population Health Sciences are equiped to be at the forefront of health care system changes by being trained in rigorous approaches in areas such as value-based patient outcomes, financial models, and health care delivery.  Graduates will be poised to lead health care transformation and define health care for the future.


To apply for the joint degree program, students must submit separate admissions applications to the MPP and the PHS programs.  Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other. Students are encouraged to apply to both programs at the same time. 

Degree Requirements

Students spend their first two years in the dual program completing the required MPP and health policy courses.  During the third, fourth, and fifth years, students take PHS courses.  Upon completion of all requirements in both programs, students earn two separate degrees: a PhD degree awarded by the School of Medicine and a MPP degree awarded by the College of Social and Behavioral Science.


Sample Curriculum

YEAR 1 - Fall
PADMN 6320 - Public Policy Theories and Applications (3)
ECON 6300 - Public Finance (3)
PBHLT 6100 - Biostatistics I (3) 

YEAR 1 - Spring
PBHLT 7300 - Biostatistics II (3)
ECON 6380 - Law and Economics (3)
PUBPL 6563 - Policy and Program Evaluation (3) 

YEAR 1 - Summer
MDCRC 6110 Intro to Epidemiology (1)
PADMN 6323 - Policy Analysis (3)

YEAR 2 - Fall
PUBPL 6965 - Survey Research Methods (3)
MDCRC 6100 – Intermediate Epidemiology (2)
PHS 7000 - Statistical Methods for Epidemiological Research (3)
PUBPL 6960 – Capstone Prep/ID (1) 

YEAR 2 – Spring
PUBPL 6950 - Applied Policy Project (3)
PHS 7310 - Comparative Health Systems Seminar (2)
PHS 7100 – Epidemiologic Theory and Methods (3) 

YEAR 3 - Fall
PHS 7300 - Health Systems Research Methods (3)
PHS 7020 - Analysis of Secondary Data (4)
PADMN 6190 - Health Policy (3) 

YEAR 3 – Spring
MDCRC 6450 Grant Writing (3)
PHS 7030 - Applied Mondern Casual Inference (3)

YEAR 4 Fall
YEAR 4 Spring
YEAR 5 Fall
YEAR 5 Spring
Last Updated: 2/28/20