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.

Planning for the Certificate

For information on which quarter(s) each course will be offered see the Harris Courses page and filter by certificate. For courses offered by other divisions the typical quarter(s) offered has been indicated.

Certificate Requirements

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

Survey Courses

  • PPHA 37510 The U.S. Health Care System (Cross listed as SSAD 47512. Only open to GPHAP students. Typically offered in Spring.)

  • PPHA 38300 Health Economics

Elective Courses

  • HMRT 31400 Health and Human Rights

  • PBHS 30910 Epidemiology and Population Health (previously PBHS 30900) 

  • PBHS 38400 Advanced Topics in Health Economics (Offered every other year)

  • PPHA 37300 Health Law and Policy (cross-listed with Law) 

  • PPHA 39510 Food and Drug Law and Policy 

  • SSAD 46622 Key Issues in Health Care: An Interdisciplinary Case Studies Approach (cross listed as PPHA 37302. Only open to GPHAP students. Typically offered in Spring.) 

  • SSAD 65600 Special Issues in Health Care Mgt: Health Systems Transformation 

  • SSAD 63300 International Perspectives on Social Policy & Practice 

Consider a Policy Lab As Well

Harris Policy Labs can be an excellent complement to certificates. Certificate programs allow students to specialize in particular areas of inquiry, while Policy Labs allow students to apply their knowledge to real world policy challenges for actual client organizations.

Descriptions of Policy Labs projects for the current academic year are available in the Current Student portal. Please consult with Policy Labs staff, or the certificate program director, to see which one is right for you.