Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy

This page is for prospective students of the Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy.

I am affiliated with the Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy. I am a member of the program's Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy and I am core faculty in the Decision Sciences concentration

Not quite ready to apply for a PhD, but curious?

Admissions exams

Resources to learn more about the program and admissions process


The hidden curriculum

There is a hidden curriculum to graduate school admissions that can negatively impact equity in the admissions process. I believe that all applicants should have access to the same information to level the playing field, so to speak. Given the wealth of resources that have been provided to demystify the admissions process for our program, my personal policy this year is that I will not take individual meetings or review CVs of prospective students. However, considering the interdisciplinary nature and interfaculty structure of our program, I will respond to inquiries about whether there are faculty at Harvard whose research interests align with yours. 

Faculty advisors

Faculty advisors in our program are determined after admission to the program and we do not admit students to sit in a particular "lab" or to work with a specific faculty member. Collaborations between faculty and students develop during the first two years of study based on mutual areas of interest. Where can you find us? While many Decision Sciences faculty, research scientists, and students sit in the Center for Health Decision Science at the Harvard T.H, Chan School of Public Health, decision scientists can be found across the University including at the Harvard Kennedy School, Massachusetts General Hospital (e.g. Health Decision Sciences Center, Institute for Technology Assessment), the Department of Population Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, and many of Harvard Medical School's other affiliate hospitals. Finally, students in our concentration are not limited to working with Decision Sciences faculty for their dissertations or as a research assistant. 

If you still have questions about who at Harvard does research on a particular topic and where they are based after reviewing the aforementioned links, please contact me via email. Please do not send a request to connect via LinkedIn for this purpose.

Other graduate programs

There are many excellent programs beyond Harvard at other universities that offer comprehensive training in Health Policy, Decision Sciences, Health Economics, Health Services Research, Population Health, and adjacent fields. Each program has different attributes, and whether a particular attribute of a program is a strength or weakness can be subjective and may vary from candidate to candidate.  I would encourage you to explore multiple programs so that you can identify which program attributes you value. These Twitter threads [2021, 2022, 2023] and the AcademyHealth list of health services research training programs may offer insight into other programs that might be a good fit for your research interests. These resources are not comprehensive, however, and may exclude programs based in schools of Pharmacy (e.g., Pharmaceutical Policy, Pharmaceutical Economics, Pharmacoeconomics), Population Health programs, and schools outside of the US.


I hope these resources answer your questions. If you still have outstanding questions, feel free to reach out to our program staff.


If you decide to pursue further graduate training, I hope you find the option that is the best fit for you personally and professionally. If you feel like the Harvard program is a good fit for you, we hope you apply!

Good luck with your professional journey!