Lead in a dynamic field that affects industry and individuals from the community to the global scale.

Health policy can have monumental impact on societies around the world. Policymaking in this field must weigh factors ranging from child welfare to employment law, the national economy to breakthroughs in medicine and care.

Offered through the Center for Health Policy, the Certificate in Health Policy sharpens expertise for careers in private health care and consulting firms and across local, state, and federal government agencies.

"I decided I wanted to get an MPP, specifically from from Harris, where I could gain quantitative tools that would help me determine the types of health initiatives and policies that would be most effective in decreasing Chicago’s health inequities. This, to me, was the ideal way to have a broader impact on improving the health of communities in urban settings."

Emily Perish (MPP16), Administrative Fellow at the University of Chicago Hospitals where she is continuing her research with Harris Professor David Meltzer.

Application Process

The certificate is open to any Harris student. Students should contact their academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue certificate.

Certificate Requirements

Complete three of the following courses, including at least one survey course.

Survey Courses

  • PPHA 38101 Comparative Healthcare System and Pharmaceutical Policies
  • PPHA 37510 The U.S. Health Care System (cross listed as SSAD 47512 Only open to GPHAP students.)
  • PPHA 38300 Health Economics
  • PPHA 38310 Health Care and Health Care Reform

Elective Courses

  • HMRT 31400 Health and Human Rights
  • PBHS 30900 Principles of Epidemiology (not offered in 2016-17)
  • PBHS 30910 Epidemiology and Population Health
  • PBHS 38400 Advanced Topics in Health Economics (Offered every other year—not offered in 2016-17)
  • PPHA 37300 Health Law and Policy (cross-listed with Law)
  • PPHA 39510 Food and Drug Law and Policy (cross-listed with Law)
  • SSAD 46622 Key Issues in Health Care: An Interdisciplinary Case Studies Approach
  • SSAD 65600 Special Issues in Health Care MGT: Health Systems Transformation
  • SSAD 63300 International Perspectives on Social Policy & Practice

Recommended Policy Labs

  • Cook County Health and Hospital System: Ambulatory Health Clinic Network Analysis and/or Community Triage Center Evaluation

  • University of Chicago Medicine/Comprehensive Care Physician Model Analysis

  • Oxfam:  Investigation of U.S. Pharmaceutical Companies in India