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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)
FPMD 6100 - Biostatistics I (3) 

YEAR 1 - Spring
FPMD 6300 - Epidemiology I (3)
PADMN 6323 - Policy Analysis (3)
PUBPL 6563 - Policy and Program Evaluation (3) 

YEAR 2 - Fall
PUBPL 6965 - Survey Research Methods (3)
FPMD – Biostatistics II (3)
FPMD 7300- Epidemiology II (3)
PUBPL 6960 – Capstone Prep/ID (1) 

YEAR 2 – Spring
PUBPL 6950 - Applied Policy Project (3)
ECON 6380 - Law and Economics (3)
PHS 7000 – Biostatistics for Population Health Sciences (3) 

YEAR 3 - Fall
PHS 7200- Health Systems Research Methods (3)
PHS 7020- Analysis of Secondary Data (4)
PHS 7310- Comparative Health Systems Seminar Survey I (2) 

YEAR 3 – Spring
PHS 7315- Comparative Health System Survey I   (1)
PHS 7320- Comparative Health Systems Seminar II (1)
PHS 7325- Comparative Health Systems Survey II (1)
PHS 7330- Comparative Health Systems Seminar III (1)
PHS 7335- Comparative Health System Survey III                  (1)
PHS 7100- Foundations of Population And Clinical Health (Epi III) (3) 

YEAR 4 Fall
PADMN 6190- Health Policy (3)
ECON 6190- Health Economics (3)
MDCRC- Grant Writing   (3) 

YEAR 4 Spring
Directed Elective (3)
Dissertation Credits (6) 

YEAR 5 Fall
Dissertation Credits (8)

Last Updated: 11/14/17