PhD in Health Policy Management

PhD in Health Policy and Management

The PhD in Health Policy and Management program at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health is ideal for students who are interested in developing the analytical, methodological and professional skills needed to tackle the many health policy and management challenges facing Indiana, our nation, and the world. As a core discipline within the field of public health, health policy and management focuses on the creation of new knowledge that informs the advancement of health services delivery within and across the public, private, and non-profit sectors. With a PhD degree in Health Policy and Management, students will be well-prepared to take on independent research roles as academic faculty members.

Students pursuing this degree must complete at least 90 credit hours that include advanced graduate coursework, passing a qualifying examination, and researching and defending a dissertation that makes an original contribution to the field. The department’s distinguished faculty members instruct, mentor, and collaborate closely with students. You’ll benefit from working with faculty members who are nationally recognized for their research in health information technology, healthcare organizations, health policy and law, health impact assessment, and more. To support this research, faculty members have a diverse research funding portfolio that includes grants and contracts from the NIH, AHRQ, SAMHSA, NCAA, CDC, and numerous Indiana state agencies. Students have access to outside expertise through the department’s longstanding close collaborations with the IU School of Medicine, the Regenstrief Institute, the IU Kelley School of Business, the IU McKinney School of Law, the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, the Indiana Hospital Association, the Indiana State Department of Health, and top health systems and professional organizations throughout the state and nation.

Please explore the information on our website to learn more about what makes the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health the ideal place to pursue your doctoral degree. Have questions? Contact us. We’re here to help.

Chris Harle, PhD
Associate Professor and PhD Program Director

Faculty

The Health Policy and Management department is comprised of a renowned, award-winning and connected faculty. The faculty’s research interests are varied and focused on important local and global health issues, including the financing and delivery of health care, patient experience, food deserts, community health needs assessments and substance use disorders.

Health Policy and Management Doctoral Program Director: Chris Harle, PhD

Health Policy & Management Faculty

Curriculum

All PhD students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 90 credits. For those without a recent MPH degree in health policy, the curriculum would consist of required Core courses, Methods courses, Electives courses, a Doctoral Minor, Doctoral Research Seminars and guided dissertation research. To see the curriculum, click the button below.

Competencies

The PhD in Health Policy & Management focuses on 10 core competencies that serve as a measure of growth and criteria for assessment. 

HPM Competencies

Admissions

Students start the PhD program in the Fall semester. The application deadline is December 31. It is strongly recommended that all transcripts be submitted no later than November 30 to allow sufficient time for the required transcript verification process.

For detailed admissions criteria and instructions for applying to the PhD in Health Policy and Management degree, click a button below.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) about the PhD in Health Policy and Management program, click the button.

HPM Frequently Asked Questions

For More Information

Students who are interested in this degree are encouraged to contact the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Office of Student Services at (317) 274-2000 to speak with one of our friendly, helpful admissions advisors. We’re happy to answer questions or schedule a visit to the school.