Health Policy and Law – How to Apply

The Master’s in Health Policy and Law (HPL) was designed to give students an opportunity to learn to critically assess legal, policy, and social challenges facing the US healthcare system. The HPL will prepare learners for careers that involve 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 academe.

Applications are currently being accepted for instruction that will begin Fall 2016.


Admission Requirements

For admission to the Health, Policy and Law program you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign institution [outside of the United States]
  • Demonstrate academic and professional capability to study at the graduate level
  • Possess quantitative, writing, and computing skills needed to succeed in a competitive and dynamic environment


Academic Preparation

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Proficiency in Statistics: Can be demonstrated by any of the following:
    • Transcripted satisfactory completion of an undergraduate or graduate level course that includes instruction in statistics. Examples include: statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, economics, psychology, engineering, etc.
    • Mastery of statistics through on-the-job training or work experience.
    • Submission of GRE or GMAT scores that show substantive knowledge of quantitative abilities.
  • Proficiency in English: All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency by any of the following:
    • TOEFL scores: minimum of a score of 84 (internet-based test) with a minimum score of 24 in both the speaking and writing section
    • Completion of one year of full-time study with a minimum GPA of 3.00 at an accredited college or university in the United States or other English speaking country (undergraduate or graduate level)
    • Work experience: Eight years of documented, increasingly responsible professional experience in the US or other English-speaking country
    • IELTS?
  • Basic knowledge of the US Healthcare System: can be demonstrated by any of the following:
    • Documented completion of an undergraduate or graduate level course that includes an introduction to the US healthcare system
    • Evidence of basic knowledge of the US healthcare system from relevant job or professional experience. Documented through: resume, cv, or letters of recommendation
    • Other materials provided to the admissions committee: CEU courses, volunteer work, etc.


Technical Skills

  • Computer proficiency in standard office computer applications. e.g. Microsoft Office, Apple iWorks, Google Apps, Open Office, etc.
  • Computer proficiency in assessing and using online resources including general web searching and use of specialized academic search systems such as Google Scholar, PubMed, LexisNexis, UC Melvyl, etc.

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 Documents

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a former professor or someone who knows the applicant’s academic potential. A letter from someone who can speak to the applicant’s professional potential in health policy or health law is preferred but not required.
  • Statement of purpose that addresses how the program would complement or contribute to his or her career goals. The statement should also include initial ideas for the capstone course that is taken at the end of the program. More information about the capstone can be found here. (will add a hyperlink)

Applicants’ letters of recommendation and statement of purpose 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.

Note: GRE/GMAT/MCAT scores are not required for the Master’s in HPL degree. However, they can be submitted as a way to document quantitative proficiency.

Applications are currently not being accepted.