The Master of Science in health policy requires 48 s.h. of graduate credit. Students learn how to quickly identify, evaluate, and formulate policies, and conduct quantitative and qualitative health policy research. These skills are developed through a combination of course work and applied learning opportunities, including special lectures and conferences.

The Master of Science in health policy requires the following course work.

Core Courses

HMP:5005Introduction to Healthcare Organization and Policy3
HMP:5410Health Economics I3
HMP:5610Health Policy3
HMP:5611Contemporary Issues in Health Policy1
HMP:5650Health Policy Analysis3
HMP:6610Legal Aspects of Health and Medical Care3
HMP:6710Federalism and Health Policy3
HMP:6750Seminar in Health Policy3
HMP:7550Cost Effectiveness and Decision Analysis3
HMP:7950Design Issues in Health Service Research3
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics3
BIOS:5120Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
CPH:6100Essentials of Public Health1
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3


Students choose 7 s.h. of elective course work.


Students complete 3 s.h. of thesis work in the following course in addition to the required courses.


Applicants to the M.S. program must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). All applicants also must apply for admission to the Graduate College through the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. For detailed application information, visit HMP Degree Programs on the Department of Health Management and Policy website.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold a bachelor's or more advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom or who are not permanent residents of the United States must score at least 100 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who score 81-99 (Internet-based) are required to take English fluency courses. Applicants who score below 81 are not considered for admission.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

Students begin the program in fall semester. Campus visits are encouraged, and personal interviews are required before admission. The admissions committee conducts telephone interviews with applicants unable to interview on campus.

A variety of financial assistance is available, including scholarships and awards, student loans, and research assistantships. Every effort is made to provide financial support to students who demonstrate need and maintain satisfactory academic standards. Some awards are offered in recognition of outstanding academic performance and experience, regardless of need.

Research assistantships generally are awarded on the basis of student merit and the department's need. Assistantships afford valuable experience in health services research and management projects. Research assistants work 10-20 hours per week and must apply for reappointment each year. Research assistantships provide a stipend and some tuition assistance and entitle students to resident tuition.

Opportunities also exist for part-time employment both on and off campus. For information and financial aid application forms, contact the University's Office of Student Financial Aid.

Students who complete the M.S. in health policy will have acquired the subject matter expertise and methodological skills sought by academic institutions, government agencies, and private and nonprofit organizations engaged in health policy analysis, development, and implementation. Additionally, students will be prepared to pursue doctoral studies in health policy, health services research, and other closely related fields.