Message from the Director
Stephen Metraux, PhD
Interim Program Director, Health Policy Program
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Public Health
Thank you for your interest in the University of the Sciences Health Policy Program. Whether you are interested in a master’s degree or a PhD, the health policy program offers you the opportunity to understand a particular aspect of health or healthcare in a context of broader social, economic and political dynamics. You will also be challenged to use what you learn to contribute to the knowledge that drives policy related to healthcare, and to the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of actual health policy processes.
Health policy at the USciences is an interdisciplinary process that involves aspects of economics, sociology, political science, public health and epidemiology, and health services research. The curriculum trains students in three principal areas: policy analysis skills, research methods, and developing an area of expertise that is unique to each student. Program faculty are experienced both in classroom and research settings and broadly specialize in the areas of health economics, urban health, pharmaceutical outcomes research, and public health policy. Our small program ensures access to faculty, and our program is structured to facilitate part-time studies so that you can pursue graduate study while continuing with work, family, and other obligations.
Health and healthcare issues figure prominently in our society, and a course of study in health policy gives students the tools to engage in and make meaningful contributions to this dynamic field. Graduates from USciences’ health policy program have used their degrees to either establish or continue their careers in a variety of academic, business, and healthcare settings. I invite you to contact us to find out more about how a course of study in health policy may meet your needs and interests.