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Cornell University - Master of Science in Health Policy and Economics

Weill Cornell Medicine, The Department of Healthcare Policy and Research


Master of Science in Health Policy and Economics 

This program aims to develop future policy analysts and researchers who identify the most effective ways to manage, finance, and deliver high quality healthcare. Trainees will learn about healthcare organization and delivery, economic concepts, and current policy issues that affect the financing and delivery of healthcare. Also, trainees apply advanced research methods and conduct data analysis using SAS, Stata, and R.

To accommodate working professionals’ needs, many of our courses are scheduled late afternoon or evening.

 

Structure of program:  

Full-Time Sample Course Sequence

** Students must take five required HPE courses and at least six credits of Master’s project. Additionally, at least four recommended elective courses for the HPE track must be completed. (Minimum of 34 total credits).

** You may take electives from the other tracks (e.g. Health Informatics, Biostatistics) or Cornell Tech in place of HPE electives, but you need approval from the HPE track director.

 

Part-Time Sample Course Sequence

 

** Students must take five required HPE courses and at least six credits of Master’s project. Additionally, at least four recommended elective courses for the HPE track must be completed. (Minimum of 34 total credits).

** You may take electives from the other tracks (e.g. Health Informatics, Biostatistics) or Cornell Tech in place of HPE electives, but you need approval from the HPE track director

 

Masters Project

This is the culminating capstone course of all masters-level graduate education programs. It has two aims: (1) helping students to discover and develop new and effective ways of managing and working together with all the stakeholders within the healthcare field and (2) helping accelerate a student's development of the context awareness, integrative management, and industry skills that are needed to lead in a rapidly changing healthcare sector. This capstone course puts students in a new organization, one they don’t already know well, and gives them the chance to practice hitting the ground running. This culminating course provides a deeper preparation for the next stages of a student's career. The capstone project will last the entire year: the first term involves matching students with the right project, the second term has students working with their client, and the third term consists of a detailed report and final presentation in front of the client as well as faculty and fellow classmates.

 

Entry requirements: 

Application Deadline for Fall 2019: March 1, 2019

 

General requirements

·         3 Letters of Recommendation

·         College Transcripts (Graduate transcripts as well if applicants have another advanced degree)

o   Verified by WES if international students or transcript is not on a 4.0 scale

·         Complete Personal Statement

·         Resume/CV

·         For international students, TOEFL /IELTS

·         Personal Statement

·         Complete online application

·         GRE/GMAT Scores: Optional but are recommended

 

Students applying to the M.S. in Health Policy and Economics should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a strong GPA, leadership skills, and great communication skills. Standardized test scores are not required for our program, however some students do elect to take the GRE or GMAT exams to strengthen their application.

Prior experience with SAS, Stata, or R is helpful, but not required, as our students receive extensive training using these statistical programs. Economics major is not required. However, it is important to clearly describe why applicants are interested in the program and what their goals are for it. Applicants can also point out any particular strengths in background or address in shortcomings in their application, such as a lower GPA.

 

Length and timing of program:

·         One year for full-time students

·         Two years for part-time students (Working professionals)

·         Starting date: September (Fall semester)

 

Online or residential/on-site program:

This is one-site program.

 

URL for more details of program:

Website to get all of education programs offered by the department of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medicine (including Health Policy and Economics): https://gradschool.weill.cornell.edu/programs/healthcare-policy-research

 

Health Policy and Research MS program: http://hpr.weill.cornell.edu/education/programs/health-policy-and-economics/index.html

 

Admission Information for Fall 2019:

http://hpr.weill.cornell.edu/education/apply/index.html

 

Online Webinar to learn more about the program:

http://hpr.weill.cornell.edu/education/prospective-students/online-webinars.html

 

Student spotlights videos: http://hpr.weill.cornell.edu/education/

 

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