Health Policy explores the advancement and implementation of health law, regulations, or voluntary practices that influence systems development, organizational change, and individual behavior to promote improvements in health.

The Master of Science (MS) degree builds upon the foundational concepts presented in the Graduate Certificate, and prepares graduates to be health policy leaders who possess advanced analytic and advocacy skills for problem identification and actionable policy solutions and implementation.

Our program offers options for students to focus on health policy principles in the U.S. or in different environments around the world.

Learn more about the program here.


Submissions from 2023

Affordabiltiy of and Access to Medications for Multiple Sclerosis: A Policy Analysis, Allison Fields

A Critical Review of the Existing Methodologies for Evaluating the Evidence on Social Determinant of Health Interventions, Esther Moberg, MPH

Examining the Impact of Physician Burnout on Patient Safety and Outcomes, Denise A. Webb, MD

Submissions from 2022

Policy Solutions to Increasing Compositional Diversity within Doctor of Pharmacy Programs., Danielle C. Mayer, PharmD, BCACP

Submissions from 2021

Addressing the Racial Disparity in Maternal Mortality: A Policy Analysis, Madeleine Borowski

Submissions from 2017

What Bundled Payment Structure Should Physical Therapists Support for Patients After Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty?, Beth Colborn, DPT

Consumer Cost Transparency Initiatives in Pennsylvania, Jillian Shank

Submissions from 2016

Exploring Policy Options for Increasing Charity/Uncompensated Care Funding while Potentially Reducing Inappropriate Firearm Usage, Aaron Sniderman

Submissions from 2015

Gender-based Policies to Reduce Hospitalization in Schizophrenia, Michael Durkin

Incarceration Rates and Birth Outcomes in U.S. Counties: Policy Implications, Joe Hulihan, MD

Type 2 Diabetes Rates and Environmental and Socioeconomic Characteristics Among Philadelphia Commercial and Medicare Payer Populations: Analysis and Policy Considerations, Jill Hutt

Do Current Medicaid Policies Impact Continued Innovation? An Examination of the Value Based Model Experiment, Marcia G. James

Spending International Comparison of Healthcare Systems: A Global Analysis of Components of Healthcare, Alexander Keenan

The Predictors of Incarceration among Individuals Suffering From Mental Illness, Jeremy Mann

Mental Health Policy and Immigrant Elderly: The South Asian Experience, Nawaz H. Merchant

Identifying Policy Issues Surrounding Medical Device Globalization The Japanese Market: A case study of issues and their resolution potential, Stephen Snider

Ensuring Supportive Care for Patients With Advanced Illness: Public Policy and the Impact on Family Caregivers, Mark T. Wolfe

Submissions from 2014

Improving Quality of Mental Health Care: An Evaluation of Process and Outcome Measures in Patients Diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Carmela J. Benson

Policy Recommendations for Nationwide Pharmacy Exchange, Dominique Comer, PharmD

Medication Adherence in Oncology: The Role of Oral Anti-Cancer Drugs and Copayments, Tracy Ely

Submissions from 2013


Medicaid and State Response to Federal Health Reform: What Lessons Can Be Learned from Oregon's Innovative State Model?, Carolyn Miller, MA


Radiation Oncology Utilization in the IMRT Era, Xinglei Shen, MD

Submissions from 2011

Assessing Quality Improvement Infrastructure in the Formation of Accountable Care Organizations: A Regional Policy Analysis for the Pharmaceutical Industry, Nathan Carr-Whealy