MS/GHPM Curriculum

An academically intensive degree undertaken in nine months, the Master of Science program in Global Health Policy and Management (GHPM) requires 32 credits. The skills you acquire in the program will prepare you in three main areas: the design, financing and implementation of health system and policy changes; understanding how to use analytical skills to make these changes; and public health knowledge needed to improve population health. Students also have the option of applying for a dual degree with Heller’s MBA in Nonprofit Management, the MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX), or the MA in Sustainable International Development (SID).

Course Sequence

Health Systems Concentration

Health Economics and Analytics (STEM) Concentration



Before and After: MS Students Report What They've Learned

The MS curriculum is designed to teach students a specific set of expertise and knowledge. At the start and end of each cohort year, MS students report their level of competency and comfort with a variety of skills and content areas. The graphic below represents a small selection of the skill areas that students report on, with the average "before" score (in red) and the average "after" score (in green) from the class of 2016.

A graph detailing MS students' self-reported skill levels at the beginning and end of the program.

Relevant Skills for Today's Global Initiatives

Heller MS students gain skills that align closely with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the WHO mandate for Universal Health Coverage. We work closely with master’s programs in Sustainable International Development and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence to ensure that the skills we teach overlap extensively with these global initiatives issued by the United Nations and the World Health Organization.