The Ph.D. Program in Health Policy is distinguished by its application of the social and behavioral science disciplines to real world health issues. Students select a specialty field in health economics, organizations and management, or population health sciences and are exposed to all these areas through the program’s core health policy and health services research curriculum. They have access to all of the social science disciplines and professional schools at the University of California, Berkeley, in addition to the core resources provided by the School of Public Health. Students receive a strong grounding in research methods and the application of these methods to the analysis of health policy issues. Our interdisciplinary social and behavioral sciences approach to health services research and health policy analysis is a key aspect of the Ph.D. program and enables students to tailor some of their coursework to their own research interests.
The location of Berkeley’s campus has allowed Ph.D. students the unique opportunity to work and collaborate with professionals at educational and research institutions in Northern California, including UC San Francisco, Kaiser Permanente, Veteran’s Administration, and Sutter Health Institute.
Alumni of the Ph.D. program are employed across the United States and internationally as professors and/or researchers in leading universities and colleges, including UC Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Dartmouth, UC San Francisco, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the University of Washington, as well as in industry and government. For more alumni information, please visit here.