MD-MSHP

Health policy research is a scientific field of inquiry that examines the structures, functions and outcomes of health services delivered to individuals and populations and the impact of and implications for policies governing the delivery of these services. The MD/Master of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP) program is based out of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine in close collaboration with the Leonard Davis Institute (LDI) and the Department of Health Care Systems at the Wharton School. Building upon the trans-disciplinary nature of LDI, this program is also closely affiliated with the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Social Policy and Practice. The program’s primary goal is to train outstanding investigators in health services and policy research. The curriculum spans four major domains: health economics, health policy, qualitative and quantitative measurement, and statistics. Students completing the MD/MSHP program are well situated to pursue careers in academia, non-profit organizations and health policy. Tailored educational experiences enable students to engage effectively with community partners, policy makers, and other interested stake holders.  Through mentored research students learn to plan and execute policy-relevant, patient-centered research using a variety of different methodologies including qualitative, cross-sectional, simulation, quasi-experimental, and experimental study designs.

Eligibility/Timing

Medical students in the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine are eligible for the MD-MSHP.  Students will complete three years of the MD curriculum before beginning full-time study in the MSHP program in July at the end of year 3. All of year 4 and the fall of year 5 will be devoted to full time work toward the MSHP. The spring of year 5 will be used to complete the final requirements for both degrees

More Information

For more detailed information regarding the MD-MSHP, including advising, program structure and financial information, please visit the PSOM Combined Degree website.

Application Process

There are two steps to applying:

  1. Apply to the Master of Science in Health Policy Research Program
    The Master of Science in Health Policy Research program information and application can be obtained at MSHP Prospective Students. Students are encouraged to contact Suzanne Mosko, MSHP Administrative Coordinator, for more information.
  1. Submit Master's Program Registration Form to the Combined Degree Office
    In addition to submitting an MSHP application, Perelman medical students must also submit a Master's Program Registration Form to Amy Nothelfer, Associate Director of the Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs Office (6th Floor JMEC). The MSHP program will not consider any medical student's application unless it has certified that the student has submitted the form to the Combined Degree Office.

Application Deadline:               February 1 of third year

Contact Information

Traci Chupik, MSEd
Administrative Director, MSHP
University of Pennsylvania
1310 Blockley Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-573-9359
Fax: 215-573-2742
tchupik@mail.med.upenn.edu

Amy Nothelfer, MSW, LSW
Associate Director
Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs Office
Jordan Medical Education Ctr, 6th Floor
3400 Civic Center Blvd, BLDG 421
Philadelphia, PA 19104-5162
215-746-2359
nothelfe@mail.med.upenn.edu

Helene Weinberg
Registrar
Office of the Registrar
Jordan Medical Education Ctr, 6th Floor
3400 Civic Center Blvd, BLDG 421
Philadelphia, PA 19104-5162
215-898-4646
hweinber@mail.med.upenn.edu

Jean Fox
Financial Aid Officer
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Jordan Medical Education Ctr, 6th Floor
3400 Civic Center Blvd, BLDG 421
Philadelphia, PA 19104-5162
215-898-9118
jmfox@mail.med.upenn.edu