How to Apply

The Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law (HPL) provides you with an opportunity to critically assess legal, policy and social challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system. The degree will prepare you for a career that involves development and application of evidence-based policy and practice in a variety of settings, including communities, delivery systems, payers and plans, government, law firms, consulting, biotech and academia.

Here’s what you’ll need to submit:

  1. Official transcripts from all institutions attended. Electronic Official Transcripts can be sent to hpl@ucsf.edu. Transcripts should be mailed to:

    Jessaca Machado, HPL Program Manager

    3333 California Street, Suite 265*

    San Francisco, CA 94118

    *Please Note: You MUST include the suite number [Suite 265] in the address when ordering or sending your official transcripts. Not including the suite number could hinder your transcript’s ability to reach your application.

    Electronic Official Transcripts can be sent to hpl@ucsf.edu.

  2. Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a former professor or someone who knows your academic potential. A letter from someone who can speak to your professional potential in health policy or health law is preferred but not required.
  3. Statement of purpose that addresses how the program would complement or contribute to your career goals. The statement should also include initial ideas for the capstone course that is taken at the end of the program. Check out some tips on writing your Statement of purpose.

The most thought-provoking requirement is deciding on ideas for your capstone project. The topics you decide upon truly reflect who you are as an applicant, who you aspire to be, what your future in this field will look like. Check out some tips on getting your capstone project ideas down on paper.

Next, start reaching out to people who you want to write a letter of recommendation for you. The more time you give each person, the better the letter will be. Give them as much time as possible so that they can thoughtfully describe why you are an ideal student for this degree. They may have some questions for you in order to write a strong letter of recommendation, and you’ll want to take some time to think about your answers.

Finally, write your statement of purpose. Coupled with your letters of recommendation, these items will be used to assess how best to provide mentorship and support capstone work. Considering these issues as early as possible will enable a smooth transition into the program’s longitudinal curriculum that focuses on developing and executing the capstone project.

 

Admission Requirements

The HPL admissions committee uses a comprehensive approach to review applications and considers grade point average, work experience, work and volunteer performance, references and career goals.

Required Documentation

* Note: GRE/GMAT/MCAT scores are not required for the Master’s of Science in Health Policy and Law degree. However, they can be submitted as a way to document quantitative proficiency.


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