The Graduate Diploma in Health Policy is intended to serve the needs for continuous learning for public servants and other professionals who seek to strengthen or broaden their conceptual and technical skills in public administration and policy analysis. Students enter the program with widely varying backgrounds, including those who already have advanced degrees in other fields but who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in particular areas of specialization relevant to the public sector. Students who complete the diploma and who are subsequently admitted to the Master of Public Policy and Administration may apply up to five of the courses from the diploma towards the MPPA, reducing its length from 15 courses to 10.
The Graduate Diploma in Health Policy is a 3.0-credit program (6 half-credit courses):
- Policy analysis and contemporary governance: policy analysis and policy processes, emphasizing the contemporary context and challenges facing decision makers
- Microeconomics for public policy — topics may include incentives, rational choice theory, market structure, welfare economics, and strategic behaviour
- 1.5 credits in optional courses from the following areas: Canadian health policy, economics and health policy, health policy in developing countries, and population health.