McMaster University's Ph.D. in Health Policy prepares intellectual leaders in the field of health policy. Our interdisciplinary program is unique in Canada, made possible by collaborations between McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, DeGroote School of Business, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Science. The program enjoys a special relationship with the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), which provides a dynamic and collegial environment for health policy education and scholarship.
The Health Policy PhD Program draws outstanding and committed students from diverse graduate training backgrounds, including interdisciplinary health fields, social sciences disciplines, and professional programs.
The curriculum provides theory and empirical methods for framing, investigating, and answering crucial questions about health policy. Students receive general training across three field areas, and specialize in one of:
- Health Economics
- Political Studies
- Social Organization
Over 25 faculty supervisors in the Health Policy PhD Program hold appointments in departments and programs across the University, including Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Economics, Health Aging & Society, History, Indigenous Studies, Oncology, Philosophy, Political Science, Science Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, and School of Geography and Earth Sciences.
Health Policy PhD graduates qualify for academic appointments in interdisciplinary, health science, and public policy settings. Graduates are equally well prepared for leadership positions in government, consulting, non-governmental organizations, or private industry. Whether pursuing academic or professional careers, all Health Policy PhD graduates are specialized to engage with health system managers and public policy makers to help develop innovative solutions to policy problems.
The Health Policy PhD Program was approved by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies and commenced in the fall of 2008. In April 2013 the Program underwent an Institutional Quality Assurance Process, as part of the ongoing educational commitment of McMaster University to offer graduate programs of high quality. The Ontario Council's external reviewers deemed the program 'exemplary - in its experiental education, its capacity to connect academe to a broader community, and its integration of global perspectives and students'.
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