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Designed for students who want to pursue research careers in both academic and non-academic settings, the Health Policy Ph.D., is a doctoral degree focused on the organization and financing of health services, as well as the statistical methods required to do state-of-the-art empirical work in health policy, health administration, and related disciplines.

Upon completing one year of the program, you’ll select from one of three specialized tracks: health economics, healthcare management and organizations, or population health and demography. You can also complete graduate minors in gerontology or demography, or earn your dual-title Ph.D. in Demography. Recent Health Policy Ph.D. graduates have obtained tenure-track faculty positions at major research universities, opted for private research organizations, found employment at government agencies, or are currently working for private-sector firms.

Penn State’s graduate programs attract students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and from more than 100 countries all over the world.