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Note: As of catalog publication in April, the title for this program (formerly known as Health and Medical Policy, MS) has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia. 

The master's program in health policy prepares students to become health policy decision-makers at the local, state, and national levels, to be consultants, to support the work of foundations, or to engage with public health and advocacy organizations in the US and abroad. Students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to assess health systems approaches; formulate new policies; and support policy development in health care financing, health and medical professional development, health systems innovation, and the allocation of scarce resources.

Students learn how health care is delivered and paid for, how well the health system performs from the individual and societal perspectives, and how formal and informal policy-making occurs.



Applicants must meet the admission standards and application requirements specified in Graduate Admissions  and must apply using the online Application for Graduate Admission. The application process is competitive, and applications are considered for the fall and spring semesters. For application deadlines and detailed application requirements, refer to the CHHS Admissions website.


For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Transfer of Credit

Students may transfer a maximum of 12 credits from graduate courses taken at other institutions or taken at Mason in non-degree status. Transfer credit is subject to university and college policies and must be approved by the program director and the dean. Students who enroll initially through non-degree studies should seek course advising through the department and should submit their application to the MS program in their first semester of study.

Banner Code: HH-MS-HTHP

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 42

Core Courses

Health Delivery and Policy Issues
HAP 640Current Issues in Health Policy3
HAP 652Essentials of Health Insurance and Managed Care3
HAP 715Health Economics3
HAP 742Health Policy Development and Analysis3
HAP 764Health Policy and Government Payment Systems for Health Care Services3
Public Policy Process
PUBP 730US Institutions and the Policy Process3
PUAD 615Administrative Law3
PUAD 750Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations3
Policy Analysis
HAP 645Introduction to Health Services Research3
HAP 719Advanced Statistics in Health Services Research I3
HAP 730Health Care Decision Analysis3
or PUBP 713 Policy and Program Evaluation
HAP 793Final Project in Applied Health Policy3
Total Credits36


Select six credits from the following:6
Courses not listed below must be approved by the student's advisor.
Organization Behavior and Healthcare Leadership
Grants Funding and Development
Regulatory Requirements for Health Care Systems
Policy Development and Analysis for Community Health Programs
Health Policy for Elders and People with Disabilities
Quality Improvement in Health Services
Financial Management in Health Systems
Ethical Issues in Health Administration and Policy
Health Care Security Policy
Health Policy Leadership
Legal Issues in Health Administration
Health Promotion Methods
Health Behavior Theory
Health Program Planning and Evaluation
Introduction to Epidemiology
Biodefense Strategy
Global Health Security Policy
Emergency Planning and Preparedness
Hazard Mitigation Policy
Emergency Preparedness: Interagency Communication and Coordination
Policy Analysis
Program Evaluation
Advocacy and Lobbying
Virginia Politics, Policy, and Administration
Topics: Advanced Skills for Policy Professionals
Professional Writing for Policy
Policy Systems Analysis and Management Science
Administrative Law and Public Policy
Lobbying and Interest Representation
Media and Public Policy
Federal Institutions and Management
Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Or advisor-approved elective course
Total Credits6