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New PhD program in Health Policy

McMaster University has launched a new PhD program unique in Canada to train leaders in the field of health policy. The Health Policy PhD is now accepting applications for the interdisciplinary program which will begin in September 2008.  Students will study theory and empirical methods for framing, investigating and answering crucial questions about health policy.

The program represents a collaboration of the Faculties of Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Science and Humanities, as well as the DeGroote School of Business and the School of Geography & Earth Sciences. The program has a special relationship with CHEPA, which provides an established environment for health policy education and scholarship.  Efforts to develop and establish the Health Policy PhD were led by CHEPA  member Mita Giacomini, who is now director of the program.

The program will attract students from diverse graduate training backgrounds, including interdisciplinary health fields, social sciences disciplines and professional programs.  Faculty supervisors include most CHEPA faculty members, and come from a range of departments, including clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, economics, political science and health, aging and society.

Graduates will be qualified for academic appointments in fields ranging from community and public health to management and administration. They will also be prepared to seek leadership and research opportunities in industry, government, research institutes and health care organizations.

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[Source: SDOH,]