M.S. in Health Policy and Economics

Training Students to be Leading Policy Analysts and Researchers

Our Master's track in Health Policy and Economics provides a modern take on the traditional public health degree. We train future policy analysts and researchers to identify the most effective ways of delivering high-quality healthcare at lower cost. Students learn to apply advanced research methods from biostatistics, econometrics and decision science to evaluate policies and programs while gaining valuable real-world experience. 

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This program track provides a strong foundation in healthcare research methods with specialized training in health economics, health policy, data analytics, and implementation science. Each student is paired with a faculty member for hands-on research that culminates with a capstone/portfolio project.

Unique Concentration

The Master’s track in Healthcare Policy and Economics offers a more specialized approach than a traditional MPH program. We emphasize a broader policy perspective to include payment policy, health insurance coverage and structural issues related to the healthcare delivery system. Our coursework is more practice-based than theoretical. We keep our class size low so that students can build close relationships with faculty mentors  who are nationally recognized experts.  Our goal is to prepare professionals to work effectively in health-related policy positions and serve as well-trained healthcare researchers with strong analytic skills.

Our alumni hold positions in data and policy analysis, healthcare consulting, project management, quality improvement and more. Many also go on to pursue doctoral studies at leading institutions.

Training

Our students learn innovative approaches to financing and delivering healthcare using cutting edge research methods.

During the Master’s track in Healthcare Policy and Economics, students will: 

  • Gain hands-on experience in data analysis.
  • Learn cutting-edge computing packages, such as SAS, Stata and R.
  • Address real-world healthcare problems through a hands-on capstone project.
  • Understand factors that influence the quality and cost of healthcare.
  • Build connections under the mentorship of experts while collaborating with NYC institutions that will shape their careers.

The Master’s track in Health Policy and Economics has close ties to other departments within Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell University, Cornell Tech, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Full-time students can complete the program in 11 months, and part-time students in 18-24 months.

About the Program

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One-Year Sample Course Sequence

Please find a sample course schedule for the M.S. in Health Policy and Economics one-year program below.
Students must take five required HPE courses and at least six credits of Master’s project. Students must choose a minimum of one elective per term. For one term, they must select two electives. Minimum of 34 total credits.

Biostatistics and Data Science, Health Informatics, and Cornell Tech courses are available to students as electives, with prior approval from the education committee. Please contact Robert Lischer at rjl4001@med.cornell.edu for the request.

Fall Sample Course Sequence (course load = 11 or 14 credits)
Course TitleCredit HoursCourse Type
Introduction to US Health Care Policy and Delivery3Regular
Introduction to Biostatistics with Stata Lab* 4Regular
Health Services Research3Regular
Master's Project I & Professional Development1Regular
Introduction to Operations Research in Health Policy3Recommended Elective

*Students who choose to opt out of Introduction to Biostatistics will take Biostatistics I with R Lab.

Spring Sample Course Sequence (course load = 11 or 14 credits)
Course TitleCredit HoursCourse Type
Health Data for Research (SAS)3Regular
Introduction to Applied Econometrics for Health Policy3Regular
Master's Project II2Regular
Leading Healthcare Transformation3Elective
Cost Effectiveness Analysis 3Elective
Summer Sample Course Sequence (course load = 6 or 9 credits)
Course TitleCredit HoursCourse Type
Application in Econometrics and Data Analysis3Regular
Master's Project III3Regular
Incentives in the US Healthcare System 3Elective
Study Designs and Methods for Comparative Effectiveness Research3Elective
Survey Research Methods3Elective

Two-Year Sample Course Sequence

Please find a sample course schedule for the M.S. in Health Policy and Economics two-year program below.
Students must take five required HPE courses and at least six credits of Master’s project. Beginning with the summer term of their first year, students must choose a minimum of one elective per term. For one term, they must select two electives. Minimum of 34 total credits.

Biostatistics and Data Science, Health Informatics, and Cornell Tech courses are available to students as electives, with prior approval from the education committee. Please contact Robert Lischer at rjl4001@med.cornell.edu for the request.

Fall Year One Sample Course Sequence (course load = 7 or 10 credits)
Course TitleCredit HoursCourse Type
Introduction to US Health Care Policy and Delivery3Regular
Introduction to Biostatistics with Stata Lab* 4Regular
Introduction to Operations Research in Health Policy3Recommended Elective

*Students who choose to opt out of Introduction to Biostatistics will take Biostatistics I with R Lab.

Fall Year Two Sample Course Sequence (course load = 5 or 8 credits)
Course TitleCredit HoursCourse Type
Introduction to Health Services Research3Regular
Master's Project II2Regular
Introduction to Operations Research in Health Policy3Recommended Elective
Spring Year One Sample Course Sequence (9 or 12 credits)
Course TitleCredit HoursCourse Type
Health Data for Research (SAS)3Regular
Introduction to Applied Econometrics for Health Policy3Regular
Leading Healthcare Transformation3Elective
Cost Effectiveness Analysis3Elective
Spring Year Two Sample Course Sequence (course load = 6 or 9 credits)
Course TitleCredit HoursCourse Type
Master's Project III3Regular
Leading Healthcare Transformation3Elective
Cost Effectiveness Analysis3Elective
Summer Year One Sample Course Sequence (course load = 7, 10, or 13 credits)
Course TitleCredit HoursCourse Type
Application in Econometrics and Data Analysis3Regular
Master's Project I & Professional Development1Regular
Incentives in the US Healthcare System 3Elective
Study Designs and Methods for Comparative Effectiveness Research3Elective
Study Research Methods3Elective
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