HSP PhD Admissions

The Health Systems and Policy (HSP) doctoral program is designed for those who want to teach and conduct research utilizing evidence-based best practices and rigorous scientific theories and methods to understand and improve the structure, process, and outcomes of health systems. The program emphasizes attention to policy-related opportunities within urban health systems, as well as the transformative nature of healthcare data and evidence; and the need to address health systems issues within the context of improving population health. Graduates of the program will be prepared to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary and translational research in a variety of academic, government, non-profit, and health systems settings.

A research-based master's degree in a health-related or social/behavioral field is required for admission. Applicants with a professional master's degree (e.g., MPH) will only be considered for admission if they have appropriate research experience, such as having completed a master's thesis or having work experience in a professional research position. Applicants must demonstrate potential for further study by having maintained an average GPA of 3.0 or higher in their master's level coursework, and a competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Other professional school standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, GMAT or LSAT) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants who are working toward or who have already earned post-baccalaureate degree in medicine, dentistry, management or law.
Application materials will be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee. Admissions decisions are based on the overall quality of the applicant's scholarship and academic abilities as demonstrated by GPA, standardized test score(s), undergraduate and graduate completed coursework, research experience and recommendation letters, as well as alignment of the applicant's research interests and career goals with those of the program.

Consideration is given to the following in determining admissions to a professional degree program:
• Average grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a four-point scale for master's level coursework
• A recent (within 5 years) GRE total score (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing combined)
• Applicants already holding a doctoral degree or professional equivalent obtained in the US may be exempt from the GRE requirement; other standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, GMAT, or LSAT) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants who are working toward or have completed a post-baccalaureate degree
• Three letters of recommendation
• Applicant's written statement of purpose (750-1000 words) of interests and career goals
• Applicants whose native language is not English are expected to have score of 96 or higher on the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

application deadline

Rolling admission
Priority consideration for applications received by February 1

Questions about the HSP PhD Program?

SangNam Ahn, PhD, MPSA, Assistant Professor and Coordinator
Health Systems Policy and Management