The Heller School once again named a top 10 graduate school

U.S. News & World Report ranks Heller #8 for health policy and management, and #10 for social policy

March 29, 2022

Composite of U.S. News & World Report badges for 2023

For its 2023 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Heller School for Social Policy and Management among the top 10 public affairs graduate schools in two specialty categories: social policy (where Heller has been top-ranked for over a decade) and health policy and management. 

Heller is now ranked #8 for health policy and management and #10 for social policy (tied with Princeton University). Social policy and health policy and management are specialty areas within the public affairs category, where Heller ranks in the top 25% of graduate schools in the U.S. The Heller School also ranked #26 in the specialty category of public policy analysis (tied with Brown University and the University of Virginia). U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on a survey of deans, directors and department chairs at 267 graduate schools of public affairs across the country. 

Dean David Weil says, “The Heller School has a distinct legacy of innovation and excellence in both social policy and health policy and management. I am thrilled that our peer institutions continue to recognize our contributions to the field as researchers and educators. At Heller, we remain uniquely positioned to pursue questions in key policy areas, such as health care access, racial and economic equity, child poverty and workplace and labor market conditions, all of which have been brought to the forefront over the past year.”

Heller is a nationally-recognized research and educational institution shaped by its social justice roots at Brandeis University. Since its founding in 1959, the school has expanded from a single doctoral program to include six master’s degrees spanning global and domestic social policy and social impact management. The graduate school also boasts 10 research centers and institutes renowned for conducting applied interdisciplinary research and active public engagement. Heller’s motto is “knowledge advancing social justice.”

Michael Doonan, director of the Master of Public Policy program and the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, says, “Heller continues to make profound contributions to the fields of social policy and health policy and management at the local, national and global level. As the world enters its third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the skills and expertise of Heller scholars remain of critical importance.”