Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants who have or are currently enrolled in a terminal doctoral degree (MD, PhD, DNP, JD, or other degree) are eligible to apply for the MSHP.  Typical applicants will be physicians completing residency or fellowship training and interested in applying methods in health policy and health services research in academic, government and community settings. The program can be completed as part of a two-year research component of a fellowship or residency.

Where can I find the application?

Please email Traci Chupik at to obtain a copy of our program application and reference report. 

When is the application deadline?

The deadline to apply for July 2018 admission is Wednesday, November 30th, 2017.

Can I complete the program in one year?

Applicants who would like to complete their MSHP degree in one year will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in completing the program in one year, please contact us. 

Do you offer a dual-degree program?

Medical students in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are eligible for the combined MD/MSHP. For detailed information about the MD/MSHP, please visit the Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs Office.

Do you offer scholarships for medical students in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania?

Yes. Penn Health Policy Research Scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Each scholarship will cover 50 — 100% of MSHP tuition. The scholarship is designed to reduce the cost of the dual degree, so the average MD student would have minimal or no additional tuition costs to pursue the MD/MSHP. Applications for admission (including scholarships) are due by November 30 of the third year of medical school. Contact Dr. Rachel Werner for more information.

Do you offer a rolling admission policy?

No. All applications are due on November 30th, 2017. All notices of acceptance will be sent in early February. 

I am interested in participating in the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS) Fellowship while in the MSHP.  How do I indicate this in my MSHP application?

Applicants who would like to be considered for the CHIPS Fellowship as part of their MSHP degree should explicitly indicate and explain this interest in their MSHP statement of purpose. 

When does the MSHP start?

Each cohort will begin in early July and completion of two (2) Summer courses is required. We follow the University of Pennsylvania Academic Calendar

Where can I find information about tuition?

Our current tuition rates are posted on the Student Financial Services website. Our students fund their MSHP degree in a variety of ways including various departmental and T32 grant funds and Penn Faculty and Staff tuition benefits. Please contact us if you have questions regarding funding your MSHP degree. 

Are all students assigned faculty mentors while on the program?

Yes. One of the most important components of the MSHP is the very strong commitment to mentorship. Upon matriculation, each trainee is assigned a primary advisor and later, if needed, a biostatistics advisor. The student selects additional faculty members to serve on the Thesis Committee, with the approval of his/her primary mentor. The Program Directors also play a role in advising MSHP students. One of the program’s core philosophies is to foster each student’s capacity to think independently and solve problems. The process of mentor selection and matching harnesses this philosophy.

Outside of formal coursework, what other training opportunities are offered by the MSHP?

In addition to its required classes, the MSHP offers a variety of training opportunities for its students.  Examples of these opportunities include bi-weekly research-in-progress meetings with fellow students and program faculty, visiting policy speakers, a professional development speaker series, supplementary instruction in STATA statistical software and extensive networking opportunities, both formal and informal, with a stellar group of interdisciplinary and interprofessional individuals with a shared interest in health policy and health services research.

Are all MSHP students eligible to be Fellows with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI)?

Yes. All MSHP students are eligible to apply to be LDI Fellows and are invited to participate in many affiliated LDI activities, including policy and research seminars and special events.

What is Penn like?

The University of Pennsylvania is a private, Ivy League university with over 250 years of innovation in education, research, and service. Its compact campus in Philadelphia hosts all of its 12 schools, making the campus ideal for the interdisciplinary work of the Clinical Scholars Program. In addition to its tradition of interdisciplinary work, many of Penn's schools have a substantial focus on health. For example, within the School of Arts and Sciences are leading departments of Sociology, History and Sociology of Science, Psychology, and Anthropology-all with faculty whose substantial area of interest is health. The Annenberg School for Communication has a renowned health communication program. The Wharton School is a global leader in health care management and is one of the few schools of management with a dedicated health care program. The Graduate School of Fine Arts has programs in Regional Planning and in Landscape Architecture that focus on the impact of the built environment on human health. All of these programs share a campus, students, and faculty, with the health schools of Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Dental Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine.

What is Philadelphia like?

We LOVE it here and we think you will, too! Get to know the City of Brotherly Love by browsing the Life at Penn website or uwishunu (a staff favorite!)

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