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Health Care Policy

The focus of the concentration in Health Care Policy is on the institutions for financing and delivering medical care. Students study a variety of systems for providing medical care, the social and economic factors that shape those systems, the determinants and consequences of health care policies, and the special problems of evaluating policies intended to alleviate human suffering and to extend life.

Students may also want to review courses listed in the graduate Health Care Policy Concentration.

Advisors: Donald Barr, Jay Bhattacharya, Mark Duggan, Hank Greely, Daniel Kessler, Anjini Kochar*, Grant Miller 

Below is a list of suggested courses. The list includes classes that students have taken in the past to complete this particular concentration, as well as additional classes that may be considered toward this topic. Students may choose to take other courses, though all concentration courses must be discussed with and approved by the faculty adviser whether or not they are on the suggested list. Students may also propose directed reading, Overseas Studies (BOSP), and Bing Stanford in Washington (BSIW) courses.

African & African American Studies


Biomedical Informatics

Civil & Environmental Engineering

  • CEE 265D. Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries

Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity


  • ECON 118. Development Economics 
  • ECON 126. Economics of Health and Medical Care 
  • ECON 127. Economics of Health Improvement in Developing Countries
  • ECON 178. Behavioral Economics
  • ECON 291. Social and Economic Networks


  • EDUC 135. Designing Research-Based Interventions to Solve Global Health Problems

Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies

  • FEMGEN 260: Disability, Gender, and Identity: Women's Personal Experiences

Health Research and Policy

  • HRP 231. Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases 

Human Biology

  • HUMBIO 120. Health Care in America: An Introduction to U.S. Health Policy 
  • HUMBIO 120A. American Health Policy
  • HUMBIO 122. Beyond Health Care: The Effects of Social Policies on Health
  • HUMBIO 123. Obesity in America: Clinical and Public Health Implications 
  • HUMBIO 125. Current Topics and Controversies in Women's Health
  • HUMBIO 129. Critical Issues in International Women's Health 
  • HUMBIO 129S. Global Public Health
  • HUMBIO 153. Parasites and Pestilence: Infectious Public Health Challenges 
  • HUMBIO 155H. Humans and Viruses I 

Management Economics

  • MGTECON 332. Analysis of Costs, Risks, and Benefits of Health Care

Management Science and Engineering


  • MED 266. Literacy: A Fundamental Resource in Health and Advocacy

Public Policy

School of Medicine General

  • SOMGEN 275. Leading Value Improvement in Health Care Delivery

Stanford in Washington

  • SIW 112. Health Policy Making in the US