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We train outstanding investigators in health services and policy research.

Welcome to The Masters of Science Program in Health Policy Research!


Our two-year Master’s program in health services trains outstanding investigators in health services and policy research and prepares students for successful careers in academics, government, non-profit, and industry. See where some of our alumni are now.

We are based in the Perelman School of Medicine as a collaborative effort with the Wharton School and a joint venture of the Leonard Davis Institute (LDI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (RWJ CSP). In addition, we are closely affiliated with the Annenberg School for Communication, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Social Policy and Practice, and the School of Nursing. Click here to find out more about the curriculum.

Faculty Spotlight

raina merchant

Dr. Raina Merchant, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, is a MSHP alumna and co-instructor of HPR 600: Introduction to Health Policy and Health Services Research. Learn about Dr. Merchant's work with the development and testing of health related mobile apps and the evaluation of health communication on social/mobile media sites.


Call for Applications


Anouncement: Call for Applications for Fellows in the Center For Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety. This fellowship will prepare graduates for careers in health services and health policy research. It will also prepare graduates for careers in healthcare administration in which knowledge and leadership in quality improvement and patient safety are increasingly needed. More info: click here.

Student Spotlight

kristin rising

Kristin Rising, MD is a 2nd-Year MSHP student who plans to practice medicine in an academic setting where she can devote time to research issues involving exploration of the overall structure of acute care delivery in the US and how the emergency department (ED) fits into this healthcare delivery system.


News and Announcements

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Upcoming Events

  • March 19 - Professional Development Series "Design for Word of Mouth" Roy Rosin, MBA
  • April 2 - Professional Development Series “Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses” Craig Umscheid, MD, MSCE
  • May 7 - Professional Development Series "Starting an academic research career" Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP & Baligh Yehia, MD, MSHP
  • May 19 - University Commencement

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