Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Health Policy Program


Areas of Focus

  • Empower the next generation of health care providers and scientists to shape policies that will improve health
  • Conduct research to support the development of policy that accelerates the translation of discoveries into practice
  • Position Baylor College of Medicine as an influential voice in health and science policy
  • Leverage internal and external partnerships to broaden impact in the policy arena
  • Develop sustainable funding, critical mass, and infrastructure to foster success

Program Leadership


As the challenges facing science and healthcare continue to grow, we have an opportunity to apply our research and expertise to help advocate for responsible and ethically sound policy. To this end, Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Amy McGuire, J.D., Ph.D. has been tasked with coordinating a Baylor-wide Health Policy Program. Dr. McGuire has assembled an impressive team of Baylor faculty who are developing new education and research initiatives in health policy. Program leaders are also working to consolidate and better communicate the excellent policy work that already takes place College-wide.

Meet Our Policy Team

Health Policy Pathway


As part of our goal of empowering the next generation of healthcare providers and scientists to shape policies that will improve health, we are building health and science policy educational opportunities available to undergraduate medical students.


First-Year Elective: Introduction to Health Policy (MEETH-413)

This elective is required for all students interested in completing the four-elective pathway and receiving a certificate in Health Policy. This elective will provide an introduction to how medicine works in both theory and practice. By the end of the elective students will be able to hold intelligent conversations with healthcare professionals and lay people about the common issues that affect doctors, patients, and society, and discuss options for addressing these issues. The elective will be taught by experts in policy, management, ethics, and systems.

Seminar in Health and Science Policy (MEETH-414)

Building on the topics covered in the introductory elective, this seminar allows for a smaller group of students to take a deeper look at important issues in health and science policy. This elective provides an in-depth look at health and science policy in both theory and practice. Interesting and challenging readings from diverse sources will inform responses to student study guide questions and provide a rich background for discussion.

Third-Year Elective (Available March 2020, Date TBD)

This rigorous, methods-focused elective will consist of a policy analysis framework and in-depth methods training in preparation for the research elective and final project. We will provide additional hands-on training and mentorship during the Research Elective (MEETH-416). This elective is provisionally called “Methods and Analysis in Health Policy. For those who have complete MEETH-414 and are interested in continuing on the pathway, please contact Betsy Kusin for more information.

Research Elective in Health Policy (MEETH-416)

During their fourth elective, students complete an independent study, during which they engage in a supervised project on a topic in medical management or health policy. Students will work to develop the components of what will ultimately be a scholarly paper of publishable quality.

Final Paper

Students interested in completing the Health Policy Pathway will continue to work with their faculty mentors beyond completion of MEETH-416. Students will finalize their research paper and develop a poster for inclusion in Health Policy Research Day (forthcoming Spring 2020).


Students who complete the Health Policy Pathway are presented a certificate during the Baylor Health Policy Pathway graduation, an event where graduates showcase their scholarly projects and family members are encouraged to attend. Baylor Health Policy Pathway graduates’ names also appear in a listing in their official graduation program.

As this is a new pathway being developed by the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, we anticipate that there will be several questions. Please see our FAQs for more information. If you are unable to find the answer to your question, please contact Betsy Kusin for more information.


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