GPHAP Program Requirements

To be accepted in the GPHAP, all students must be enrolled and pursuing a master's degree, J.D. degree, or medical degree from one of the participating professional schools at the University.

The Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy allows students to choose a course of study in health service administration that closely matches their interests and career plans to developments in this expanding field. Like many of the graduate programs at the University of Chicago, the GPHAP is an interdisciplinary program that draws faculty and students from professional schools on campus--the Booth School of Business, the Harris School of Public Policy, the Law School, Pritzker School of Medicine, and the School of Social Service Administration (SSA). GPHAP students benefit greatly from the alternative perspectives on health care presented by professors and students from the different programs. 

Building upon the core training provided by the participating professional schools, GPHAP prepares leaders in health administration and policy by providing students with additional coursework and practical experience in the health care field.  Through field placements or internships, students apply theoretical and analytical tools in a practical setting. All students must fulfill the core requirements of their respective schools, required courses for either of the GPHAP certificate programs, a practicum, and co-curricular activities. Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded a Certificate in Health Administration and Policy in addition to the two-year A.M., M.P.P., or M.B.A., or the M.D./M.B.A. or J.D. awarded by their respective graduate schools.



All GPHAP students must complete four health-related courses. In addition, SSA clinical track students must take a financial or social administration elective. All of the courses taken to fulfill the GPHAP requirements must be taken for a grade and not taken on a pass/fail basis.

The Course Sequence:

  1. Health Services System (SSA 47512) taken during the Spring Quarter of 1st year (recommended)
  2. Key Issues in Health Care: An Interdisciplinary Case Studies Approach (SSA 46622) taken during Spring Quarter of 2nd year (required)
  3. Two health electives* from a campus wide list of approved electives

*SSA Clinical Track students must take a third elective related to finance or administration.


GPHAP students must complete a supervised practicum as part of their training, providing the opportunity for students to apply theoretical knowledge to real life administrative and policy challenges. The practicum requirement can be fulfilled in a number of ways:


Students are expected to attend three health-related workshops, seminars, lectures or GPHAP special events offered on campus each quarter and must provide a short synopsis of each event attended. Students who are enrolled in GPHAP for more than two years, such as medical students, may submit fewer per quarter, but complete the total of 18 to earn the certificate.