PhD in Health Policy
The Harvard PhD in Health Policy, awarded by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, is a collaborative program among six Harvard University faculties: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The PhD Program in Health Policy seeks to train students for research and teaching careers in health policy. While the program is interdisciplinary in nature, students specialize in one of six concentrations: decision sciences, economics, ethics, methods for policy research, management, or political analysis. The common trajectory of doctoral students in the program is coursework for the first two years, with a general exam in health policy and a concentration exam at the end of the second year, followed by development of a dissertation prospectus and approximately three years of dissertation research and writing. Approximately 110 faculty members from schools within the University are involved with the program, and students are free to take classes throughout the University. A hallmark of the program is the accessibility of faculty members to students and the commitment of faculty to students enrolled in the program.
The Faculty Chair of the PhD in Health Policy program is David Cutler, Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics. The Director of Graduate Studies is Meredith Rosenthal, C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics and Policy. The Executive Director is Debbie Whitney, and the Assistant Director is Colleen Yout.
In recognition of the critical need for leaders educated in the intellectual disciplines and practices of medicine and management, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School established the MD/MBA program and enrolled its first students in the fall of 2005.