The MA in Health has two fields of specialization.
- The Specialized field in Health Policy & Equity emphasizes the analysis and promotion of equity in health through public policy action. It is directed at the societal causes of inequalities in health and the organization and delivery of health care and how public policy can redress these issues.
- The Specialized field in Health System Management & Health Data Analytics* centers around on the use of health data analytics to support health system management decision making and seeks to contribute knowledge regarding both the technological and the socio-political aspects of how health system decisions are made and how system change occurs (or why it sometimes fails to occur).
*pending Senate approval
Related disciplines include but are not limited to: equity studies, sociology, psychology, political science, management, and nursing - to name a few.
After completion of six 3.0 credit courses, the final component is a major research paper (MRP). The research paper tests MA students against the educational objectives of being able to form an original researchable question, and to address it through an appropriate theoretical framework, review and synthesis of the literature, analysis of primary or secondary data sources and formation of a set of conclusions. It trains students in the formulation and writing of a specific project, and gives students the experience of working independently on a project under faculty supervision. Students develop a research topic given their interests in specific areas and are supervised by faculty members with related expertise.
The MRP is evaluated by the student's MRP supervisor and advisor through the written work, and an oral presentation at which the student's ability to answer questions related to the MRP will be assessed. The MRP is evaluated on the extent to which the student proposes an original researchable question, and her or his ability to address it through an appropriate theoretical framework, review and synthesis of the literature, analysis of primary or secondary data sources and formation of a set of conclusions. The length of the MRP is 50 pages with an upper limit of no more than 65 pages, excluding references.
To learn more about the exciting research our master's students have conducted, please visit Research Papers.