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MSPH in Health Policy and Management (Health Policy)

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

MSPH in Health Policy and Management (Health Policy)

The MSPH in Health Policy trains future leaders to develop, analyze, and evaluate policies in a range of health and public health settings.

Students in this program develop skills and experiences in research methods, analysis, and policy formulation, with a strong orientation toward professional practice and opportunities for hands-on policy experience at the federal, state, and local levels. Students work in full-time, paid positions in a range of organizations from government to non-profit, consulting, advocacy and administration for the field placement year, offering a seamless transition to a health policy career.

Admission requirements

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are not required and not reviewed for this program. If you have taken a standardized test such as the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT and want to submit your scores, please note that they will not be used as a metric during the application review. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all required application components.

English Language Proficiency Test

Most international applicants must submit scores of an English language proficiency test. Unless an applicant meets one of the exemption criteria listed below, official English language proficiency test scores less than 2 years old will be required as part of the application. To fulfill this requirement, the Bloomberg School will accept scores from the following tests. Please contact Admissions Services if you have questions about acceptable test scores. We do not accept the TOEFL Essentials or TOEFL IPT.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the school website.

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Program content

Core Policy Courses

  • Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System
  • Formulating Policy: Strategies and Systems of Policymaking in the 21st Century
  • Health Advocacy
  • Public Health and the Law
  • Organizational Behavior and Management
  • Applied Microeconomics for Policymaking
  • Social Policy for Vulnerable Populations in the U.S.
  • MSPH Seminar in Health Policy 1

Core Methods Courses

  • Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health I
  • Statistical Methods in Public Health I
  • Statistical Methods in Public Health II
  • Statistical Methods in Public Health III
  • Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy

Required Online Modules

  • Foundational Principles of Public Health
  • The Role of Qualitative Methods and Science in Describing and Assessing a Population's Health or Qualitative Reasoning in Public Health
  • Essentials of Environmental Health or Introductory Principles of Environmental Health
  • Biologic, Genetic and Infectious Bases of Human Disease
  • Psychological and Behavioral Factors That Affect A Population's Health
  • Globalization and Population Health
  • Essentials of One Health or One Health Tools to Promote and Evaluate Healthy and Sustainable Communities
  • Basic Resources Management for Public Health or Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Creating, Implementing and Monitoring Budgets for Projects and Programs
  • Principles of Negotiation and Mediation for Public Health Professionals
  • Applications of Negotiation and Mediation for Public Health Professionals
  • Systems Thinking: Concepts and Methods or Systems Thinking in Public Health: Applications of Key Methods and Approaches

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the school website for more information


Tuition fee: $60,960 / year


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will have mastered the following program competencies:

  • Evaluate critically the sources of vulnerability and related policy approaches to improve health and social outcomes in a specific vulnerable population.
  • Appraise the range of policy mechanisms that can be used to improve health and social outcomes among vulnerable populations.
  • Assess the feasibility of translating a good policy idea into a viable policy option.
  • Apply skills and knowledge about policy formulation to advance health and social policy initiatives.
  • Describe the legal principles that underlie health policy formulation.

Career paths

Many of our students remain in the positions from their placement as they transition into their careers. Others have moved on to other organizations such as:

  • Advisory Board Company
  • Baltimore City Department of Health
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Connecticare
  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
  • Cigna
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • DC Action for Children
  • Florida BCBS
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kaiser Family Foundation
  • MedStar
  • Maryland Health Benefit Exchange
  • Mathematica Policy Research
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Pfizer
  • Research Triangle Institute
  • US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
  • US Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • US House of Representatives

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Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH), the number one ranked school of public health in the world, is dedicated to the improvement of health for all people and the education of a diverse global community of research...

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Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

615 N. Wolfe Street
21205 Baltimore MD

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