Health Law, Policy & Management

The Affordable Care Act has opened new opportunities to reform our country’s complex healthcare system. Meanwhile, gun violence, substance use, epidemics, and health disparities threaten public health and safety. What policies make sense to address these challenges? How can policies be implemented in law or practice?

The Department of Health Law, Policy & Management gives you the knowledge and tools to help meet these challenges. Working with a unique combination of renowned faculty and competency-based educational programs, students track issues from problem identification to policy development to translation into laws and managing implementation. Our graduates enjoy outstanding careers in the public and private sectors, in the healthcare industry and beyond.

Exceptional Faculty and Research Options

At SPH, you’ll be taught by a full-time faculty of more than 35 experts in their fields, many affiliated with either the School-wide Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights or the Health and Disability Research Institute. You’ll have opportunities to join a wide variety of important research projects, such as analyzing current Medicare and Medicaid policies, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), drug regulation, racial and ethnic variations in patient care, tobacco control, food policy, and global governance of contagious and chronic diseases.

A Vibrant Classroom Experience

In class, you’ll learn real-world skills that prepare you for practice. Our faculty’s teaching methods are highly engaging and designed for active learning. Case studies provide practical examples of problems you’ll face as a healthcare analyst, manager, government official, legislative staff, or consultant. And class discussions and perspectives are enhanced by a diverse mix of recent college graduates and early- to mid-career health professionals from the US and abroad.

Degree programs

In addition to participating in our interdisciplinary school-wide degree programs, the department also offers research intensive MS and PhD programs. Related degrees include:

To learn about application requirements, please see our Admissions section.