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 Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Humanities, DeGroote School of Business, and School of Geography & Earth Sciences. 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 20 faculty supervisors in the Health Policy PhD Program hold appointments in departments across the University, including Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, DeGroote School of Business, Economics, Health Aging & Society, Political Science and others.
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 has been approved by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies.
Important: The information on this website is frequently updated and may change at any time. Please consult the McMaster Graduate Calendar for policies applicable during the current academic year. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Health Policy PhD Program directly for up to date information.