HPL Program

Masters of Science, Health Policy & Law

Health care is in the midst of rapid transformation. From the Affordable Care Act to changes in HIPAA to ongoing initiatives to control costs, health policy and health law are central issues nationwide.

These changes are creating new opportunities for professionals looking to make a dramatic impact at the intersection of health policy and law. Developed by world-renowned institutions UCSF and UC Hastings College of Law, the new Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law prepares students to serve as industry leaders through a unique interdisciplinary education. The courses—which interweave the best elements of health policy and legal education—span economics, finance, policy analysis and legal reform.

“To really improve peoples’ live, evidence from laboratory, clinical or social research needs to be translated into real-world terms, into policy and practice,” says Dan Dohan, Ph.D., co-director of the degree and professor at UCSF. “From the UCSF health policy research side comes an ability to analyze and understand evidence. UC Hastings provides a window into the most powerful tool we have for change: the law.”

“We take the amazing research performed at UCSF and bring it to life,” adds Jaime King, J.D., Ph.D., co-director of the degree and professor at UC Hastings. “When you have interdisciplinary education and research, that’s how you get progress. By combining brilliant expertise from two great institutions, this degree will train people to bring those minds together to solve the policy problems and practical dilemmas that our health care system faces every day.”

With the fully online, innovative Masters of Science, Health Policy and Law degree, you are prepared to serve as an industry leader. Your courses—which interweave the best elements of health policy and legal education—span economics, finance, policy analysis and legal reform.

Prepare to improve our health care system by understanding how legal reform and policy impact the health care professionals implementing these changes.

The online format lets you take advantage of the renowned education from UC Hastings College of the Law and UCSF while you continue to work. Learn alongside students who are just as passionate as you are to solve policy problems and practical dilemmas that our health care system faces each day.

  • One- or two-year online program to fit your schedule
  • Part-time or full-time options
  • Tailor your education with a health policy or health law track.

Visit hpl.ucsf.edu for full program details on this innovative new degree.



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Introduction to Masters of Science Health Policy and Law