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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!

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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

nandita mitra

Nandita Mitra, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, is instructor of HPR 608: Applied Regression Analysis for Health Policy Research and the inaugural recipient of the Master of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP) Excellence in Teaching Award. Her primary research interests include statistical genetics, the design and analysis of observational studies (specifically propensity score and instrumental variables methods) and health services research. Click below to read student praises for Dr. Mitra's teaching on our program.

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Alumni Spotlight

baligh yehia

Baligh Yehia, MD is an alumnus of the Masters of Science in Health Policy Research Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Senior Advisor on Health to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Founding Director of the Penn Medicine Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health. His teaching and scholarship focus on health outcomes, patient safety and quality, and public policy, with special attention to vulnerable populations.

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Student Spotlight

david shalowitz

Vinay Kini, MD, is a senior cardiology fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a second-year MSHP student. His research interests lie in improving the value of diagnostic cardiac testing, and developing innovative ways to deliver high-quality cardiovascular care as the healthcare system shifts from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement models. Currently, he is working on projects to examine the effects of payment models (i.e. Medicare, the Veterans Health Administration, and commercial insurance plans) on trends in the use of cardiac stress tests and patient outcomes. He recently won a Young Investigator Award from the American Heart Association’s council on Quality and Outcomes for this work. He has also published studies on the use of a novel handheld ultrasound device to reduce utilization and costs of traditional imaging services, and on overdiagnosis of disease that can occur when imaging-based thresholds are applied without appropriate clinical context.

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Upcoming Events

  • April 27 - Spring Classes End
  • July 5 - New Student Orientation
  • July 6 - Summer 2 Classes Begin
  • August 8 - Last Day of Summer Classes
  • August 30 - First Day of Fall Classes



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