McMaster University's Ph.D. in Health Policy is a dynamic interdisciplinary program focused on training future health leaders for careers in academia, government and non-governmental organizations in Canada and around the world. Established in 2007, the HP Ph.D. program was founded on McMaster's well-established strength in health policy research and education, led by groups such as the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) and the McMaster Health Forum.
Students in the program acquire the knowledge and skills to become leaders in their chosen field through an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum delivered by a dedicated and internationally recognized program faculty.
The program draws outstanding students from a wide range of graduate training backgrounds, including interdisciplinary health fields, social science disciplines, and professional programs.
Through learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, students gain the skills and experience needed to effectively engage with individuals and organizations to identify, understand and address health policy programs at the local, national or global level. 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 Ph.D. Program hold appointments in departments and programs across the University, including Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, Economics, Health, Aging & Society, History, Indigenous Studies, Oncology, Philosophy, Political Science, Science, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, and School of Geography and Earth Sciences.
The Ontario Council on Graduate Studies external reviewers referred to McMaster's Health Policy Ph.D. program as 'exemplary - in its experiential education, its capacity to connect academe to a broader community, and its integration of global perspectives and students'.
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