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Health Policy

The Health Policy program acquaints students with the relevant history and institutions of social policy, develops their quantitative skills for program evaluation and the analysis of large data sets, and helps them grapple with the moral issues raised by inequality. Four required courses (Quantitative Analysis of Policy Issues, Foundations of Social Policy, Introduction to Policy Analysis and Evaluation, and the Project Course) anchor flexible master's degree programs for pre-career and mid-career students who may select courses in health, education, poverty, criminal justice, housing, and social services management, among others. A resident faculty with nationally-renowned expertise in various fields is complemented by a broader menu of relevant course offerings across other units of the College Park campus.


Health Policy Specialization Requirements

  • PUAF 611 “Quantitative Analysis of Policy Issues”
  • PUAF 734 “Foundations of Social Policy”
  • PUAF 689E “Program Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis” (taken in the first year)
  • PUAF 735 “Health Policy”
  • One other health policy course, including (for example):
    • PUAF 698K “Comparative Health Policy”
    • PUAF 699D “Disease, Disasters & Development”

Centers Conducting Health Policy Research

Center for International Policy Exchanges (CIPE)

National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education

UMD Health Collaboration

Welfare Reform Academy


Health Policy Specialization Director

For more information on the Health Policy specialization, contact: Professor Chris Foreman