Master of Science in Global Health Policy and Management

MS/GHPM Curriculum

The Master of Science program in Global Health Policy and Management (GHPM) curriculum provides students with a specialized set of theoretical, economic and statistical frameworks and professional skills in health economics, and analytics — tools that will maximize their impact in global health policymaking. An academically intensive degree, it requires 36 credits taken in nine months over two semesters. The skills you acquire in the program will prepare you in three main areas:

  • Learning the financing and payment systems involved in health systems strengthening
  • Developing the analytical skills that form the heart of any health system and using them to develop policy
  • Learning how to implement policies in real-life situations

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

GHPM program leadership and faculty regularly examine and review our curriculum to ensure that it reflects global health policy today and prepares students for the future of the field. Therefore, please note that the curriculum outlined below is subject to change. Note also that not all courses are offered every semester or every year. 

Health Systems Concentration

Fall

Spring

Health Economics and Analytics (STEM) Concentration (requires application)

Fall

Spring

Note: Students must apply and be accepted into the STEM concentration.

Availability of Electives

Please note, though many of the electives listed above are specific to the MS GHPM program, others are offered by other programs at the Heller School or at Brandeis. Course availability is subject to change; many elective courses are not offered every semester, and some are not offered every year. For the most up-to-date information regarding course schedule and availability, please visit Course Descriptions.

Relevant Skills for Today's Global Initiatives

Heller MS GHPM 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.

Diversity-Related Courses at Heller and Brandeis

As a Heller MS GHPM student, you can take a wide variety of classes on global injustice and social inequality, women in the workplace, intercultural communication, critical race theory and more.