Certificate in Health Policy

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

Health policy has monumental impact on societies, locally, nationally and 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. The Harris Health Policy Certificate is designed to provide students with the background, concepts and tools necessary to understand and address pressing health policy problems.

Students who complete this certificate will be able to:

  • Understand the economic, human capital and governmental inputs forces that influence the production and consumption of health resources
  • Articulate how regulatory bodies affect decisions by individuals, providers and payers
  • Analyze the efficacy of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, medical savings accounts, medical specialization, pharmaceutical innovations, health maintenance organizations and behavioral nudges.

The certificate's menu of electives is designed to allow students to explore the multiple disciplines and fields that speak to domestic and international health challenges, such as the organization and regulation of health care provision, influential international actors such as the Gates Foundation, public finance, behavioral science and program evaluation. In addition, we encourage students pursuing this certificate to participate in events sponsored by the Center for Health and the Social Sciences and the Harris Health Policy Student Association that bring scholars and practitioners to campus.

Harris certificates function as areas of specialization within the degree. Certificates assume knowledge of the 6-course Harris Core and build upon that foundation with coursework in specific policy areas or technical skills.

Application Process

The certificate is open to any University of Chicago graduate student. Harris students please indicate your intent to pursue this certificate using the Harris Certificate Application Form. If you are a non-Harris student and intend to complete the requirements for the Health Policy certificate please submit the Harris Certificate Application for Non-Harris Students to indicate you are pursuing this certificate.

For certificate registration questions, please reach out to harrisregistration@uchicago.edu.

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

The certificate requires completion of three certificate courses. Students must achieve at least a B- grade in each course. No certificate course may be taken on a pass/fail grading basis. Students should complete the formal signup process to indicate their intention to pursue the certificate.

Required courses

Students must complete one of the following courses to fulfill the requirement:

Elective courses

Students must complete two of the following courses to fulfill the requirement:

Certificate Contacts

Kelsey Bogue, Administrative Director

David Meltzer, Certificate Director