School of Medicine

Health Policy Pathway


Health Policy Pathway Overview
Modeled on the award-winning Medical Ethics Pathway, the Health Policy Pathway will teach students in an immersive, experiential way how to apply policy concepts to current problems and questions in their healthcare environment. Over the course of four electives, the pathway will expose students to the fundamental principles of business, management, and the health policy issues that affect doctors, patients, and society. Though the course is designed to be completed over the course of four years, it can be done in three.

Students participating in the Medical Management Track as structured before the 2016-2017 academic year will still have the opportunity to complete their track. In addition to the courses below, approval can be granted on a case-by-case basis for other courses that satisfy the four-course requirement. Contact Dr. Whitney for more information on elective options.

First-Year Course: Introduction to Healthcare Policy and Management (MEETH-413)
This course is required for all students interested in completing the four-elective pathway and receiving a certificate in Health Policy and Management. 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.

Second-Year Elective (Available 2017):
This course will be in a seminar format in which students explore issues in healthcare management and policy in depth. Specifics of the second-year elective are presently under development.

Third-Year Elective (Available 2018):
This elective will be structured in the form of clinical rotations, allowing students to explore real-life application of management and policy issues studied in the previous courses. Specifics of the third elective are presently under development.

Fourth-Year Research Elective: Scholarly Project
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 that could take the form of a scholarly paper, a policy brief or a creative project such as a video.

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.


Pathway At a Glance


See this PDF for a look at the Medical School Health Policy Pathway schedule