Department of Health Policy and Management

MSPH-to-PhD Program Sample Schedule

Overview: Students accepted into the MSPH-to-PhD Program have 3 years of coursework, receiving an MSPH after Year 2 and taking PhD comprehensive examinations after Year 3. This track provides a mechanism to admit promising PhD students who lack background and/or experience in public health/HSR/health policy.

HPM MSPH-to-PhD Program Sample Schedule

Fall Year 1SPHG 711 (2) -- Data Analysis for Public Health
SPHG 712 (2) -- Methods and Measures for Public Health Practice
SPHG 713 (2) -- Understanding Public Health Issues
HPM 601 (1) -- Issues in Health Care
HPM 754 (3) -- Health Care in the United States: Structure and Policy
HPM 880 (3) -- Principles of Health Policy Research Methods
HPM 701 (0) -- Professional Training I
Spring Year 1
SPHG 721 (4) -- Conceptualizing Public Health Solutions
SPHG 722 (2) -- Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating Public Health Solutions
HPM 770 (3) -- Operations Research for Healthcare Systems
HPM 881 (3) -- Linear Regression Models
MSPH Electives
Summer Year 1HPM Internship
Fall Year 2HPM 715 (3) -- Health Economics for Policy and Management
HPM 789 (1) -- Master’s Paper Development
HPM 772 (3) -- Techniques for the Economic Evaluation of Healthcare
HPM 793 (2) -- Internship
HPM 873 (1) -- Research Seminar in Health Policy and Management
HPM 874 (1) -- Advanced Research Seminar in Health Policy and Management
HPM 884 (3) -- Health Services Research
*HPM 871 (1) -- Seminar in Teaching Health Policy and Management
MSPH Electives
Spring Year 2HPM 873 (1) -- Research Seminar in Health Policy and Management
HPM 874 (1) -- Advanced Research Seminar in Health Policy and Management
HPM 885 (3) -- Health Services/Health Policy Research Methods
HPM 992 (3) -- Master’s Paper
MSPH Electives
PhD Minor courses
Fall Year 3HPM 874 (1) -- Advanced Research Seminar in Health Policy and Management
HPM 882 (3) -- Advanced Methodology in Health Policy and Management Research
HPM 886 (3) -- Advanced Health Services Research Methods Applications
PhD Minor courses
Spring Year 3HPM 874 (1) -- HPM 874 (1) -- Advanced Research Seminar in Health Policy and Management
HPM 883 (3) -- Analysis of Categorical Data
PhD Minor courses
Fall Year 4HPM 994 -- Doctoral Dissertation

Graduation Requirements: 

  • MSPH:  additional courses should be taken for a total of 60 hours during the first two years.
  • PhD: 9 hours/semester in Year 3.
  • PhD: HPM 994 in Fall Year 4.

Notes:

  • It is possible to take the PhD courses in other semesters than indicated above.
  • *HPM 871 – Seminar in Teaching Health Policy and Management is taken in the first semester the student serves as a Teaching Assistant.
  • PhD requires 15 hours in minor courses plus at least one 3-hour graduate-level health policy course.
  • MSPH electives can include PhD required courses, such as concentration minor courses and a policy course.
  • HPM/SPH core courses (HPM 754, EPID 600/710, and FLO/SPHG 600) are taken as part of the MSPH either directly (HPM 754) or through the Core SPHG courses. See the full list of HPM courses here and SPHG general courses here.