Health Policy Analysis

As health systems in the United States and abroad cope with issues of access, quality, and cost, there is increasing demand for health policy analysts, consultants, and advocates to help develop and implement new and innovative ideas. The recent enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, for example, requires dramatic changes in the U.S. insurance systems, a reorganized health and public health delivery system, and politically difficult cost-containment strategies. These and other reform initiatives require individuals with the analytic skills to formulate, implement, and evaluate health policy and programs at organizational and system-wide levels. 

The Health Policy Analysis Certificate provides the education to address the urgent policy problems facing health organizations and healthcare systems. Students will learn from faculty working at the forefront of policy issues, who focus on topics including access to care, insurance markets, health economics, mental health policy, health manpower, and health systems more generally, in both the United States and abroad.  

Graduates will be prepared to work with other health professionals and policymakers in government, think tanks and foundations, health departments, consulting firms, international health organizations, and hospitals to improve quality, expand access, and lower disparities in a cost effective manner.

Admissions Eligibility

Health Policy Analysis is only open to Columbia MPH students enrolled in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Prospective students are encouraged to specify the Health Policy Analysis certificate in their application. 

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Visit the School's Academics website for more information about Health Policy Analysis' required courses, certificate electives, and scheduling.