Health Policy and Law (HPL) Program

Whether you are advanced in your career or just beginning, the UCSF and UC Hastings Law Master of Science in Health Policy and Law will provide you with the skills needed to effect positive change in the health care field.

Designed for working professionals with part and full-time enrollment options, this trans-disciplinary program introduces students to policymaking, legal research and writing, health economics, and more. The HPL program features leading faculty experts from both UCSF and UC Hastings, bringing the brightest minds in the health and legal fields to your curriculum.

This multidisciplinary education prepares you to join the national movement to create a culture of health, bridging the complexities of the legal system with the intricacies of health care. The online format allows you to continue working while you progress through the curriculum, providing a unique opportunity to employ lessons learned in class to your profession in real time.

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Course Information & Online Learning

The MS HPL is an online degree program jointly designed, taught, and conferred by UC Hastings College of the Law and UCSF. HPL students participate in coursework primarily through an asynchronous, online format. As an interdisciplinary program, the MS HPL curriculum is relevant to a wide range of learners who may be at varying stages of their academic or professional careers.

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In-Person Components

In addition to online classes, students are required to meet in person in San Francisco for three mandatory convenings designed to supplement online learning and support cohort-building: orientation, a midyear convening, and a final convening with graduation.

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Enrollment Options & Degree Requirements

The degree can be completed in one year on a full-time basis or two years on a part-time basis. The HPL is a 24-unit online degree consisting of all required coursework. HPL students are required to propose and execute a capstone project as part of the degree program. Students receive individualized support and mentorship from HPL faculty in meeting this requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

There are four goals of the HPL program, with corresponding learning outcomes

Testimonial from Colin James, HPL ’19

“The Health Policy and Law program challenged me intellectually, deepened my understanding of the policy making process and helped me develop the tools to advance health equity on a broader scale.”