Health Policy PhD

Health policy is an interdisciplinary field that examines the organization and financing of health systems and services; the impact of health policies on population health; and the economic, social, and behavioral determinants of health.  It involves investigation of all systems that affect population health, not just the medical care system. The purview of health policy is global.

The mission of the Berkeley PhD program is to prepare students for research careers in health policy and health services research; teaching; and public service in university, governmental, and public policy settings. It is expected that through their research, teaching, and provision of expert advice, graduates of the PhD program will play lead scientific roles in addressing the many challenges facing health care and public health systems in the United States and countries around the world. The PhD Program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary application of the social and behavioral science disciplines to real world health issues. 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Policy



Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Berkeley PhD program  are well-prepared to assume academic careers in research and teaching. Many of our graduates move directly to positions in academia, government, or research organizations, while others receive post-doctorate fellowships to continue specific training in their area of interest and research. For information on alumni, please see

Health Policy PhD Faculty


School of Public Health

Health Policy and Management
Dow, William, Director, PhD Program in Health Policy
Bertozzi, Stefano
Brewster, Amanda
Brown, Timothy
Obermeyer, Ziad
Robinson, James
Rodriguez, Hector

Community Health Sciences 
Deardorff, Julianna
Fernald, Lia
Keller, Ann
Madsen, Kristine
Ozer, Emily

Goldman School of Public Policy
Johnson, Rucker

Haas School of Business
Gertler, Paul
Kolstad, Jonathan
Levine, David

School of Social Welfare
Aguilera, Adrian

Department of Political Science
Stoker, Laura

Department of Economics
Handel, Ben

Department of Sociology
Schneider, Daniel