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Weill Cornell Medicine

Program in Healthcare Policy and Research

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Weill Cornell Medicine


Weill Cornell Medicine - A Brief History

Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) is the biomedical research unit and medical school of Cornell University, offering world-class graduate programs in the heart of New York City. WCM's mission is shaped by three parts: Exceptional care, research and education. 

Weill Cornell Medicine is among the nation's top-ranked medical and graduate schools, striving for excellence in its education of the world's future healthcare leaders. Research by faculty and graduate students at Weill Cornell Medicine is collaborative, groundbreaking and patient-focused.

The Department of Healthcare Policy & Research

The Department of Healthcare Policy & Research (HPR) concentrates on studying and improving healthcare delivery to optimize the value of healthcare for patients in New York and across the country. The HPR department offers three unique academic tracks that are designed to educate future medical practitioners and researchers in the most efficient and effective methods for organizing, coordinating, managing, financing and delivering world-class care to those in need. Students who earn their Master of Science degree from the HPR department are well-prepared to meet the challenges inherent in such diverse areas as public health, health policy, insurance, technology development, consulting, academics and healthcare delivery.

To this end, the department has developed the Master of Science with the following unique academic tracks, all of which share a common foundation in rigorous research methods and include a mentored, hands-on research project:

  • Biostatistics and Data Science
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Policy and Economics

Biostatistics and Data Science

The Biostatistics and Data Science (BDS) track is geared toward providing students with a strong foundation in both biostatistics theory and hands-on data analysis that can help them succeed in a world that is increasingly data-driven. It is unique in the fact that it retains the rigor of a traditional Biostatistics program while at the same time offering cutting-edge training in such topics as data mining and machine learning techniques. The capstone experience that culminates this education affords students invaluable real-world exposure under the mentorship of dedicated biostatisticians and data scientists.

When students graduate from the program, the skills and knowledge they have gained in the management, analysis and visualization of big data make them well-prepared for highly successful and rewarding careers in the public and private biomedical, healthcare, insurance and pharmaceutical sectors.

Health Informatics

In the Health Informatics (HI) track, students learn to apply information science and information technology are applied to the improvement of health and healthcare. The core curriculum is comprised of three domains:

  • Information science and technology
  • Health and healthcare
  • Social and behavioral sciences

Within these domains, Weill Cornell Medicine students gain exposure to a diverse array of cutting-edge healthcare topics including statistical methods; data mining and management; national and international healthcare issues; human-computer interaction; and how to position information systems to help improve efficiency and effectiveness in the healthcare system. Outside the classroom, Health Informatics students have opportunities to shadow physicians and visit clinics and hospitals. The program culminates in a capstone experience whose goals is to help students gain real-world exposure and encourage them to develop new ways to manage and collaborate with stakeholders in healthcare.

The combination of healthcare system knowledge and essential technical skills that they acquire can help them pursue meaningful careers in areas such as data and policy analysis, health information technology, process improvement and quality assessment.

Health Policy and Economics

In the Health Policy and Economics program, students develop the skills and knowledge they need to become leading policy analysts and researchers who are capable of successfully organizing, managing, financing and delivering world-class healthcare. The curriculum is design to teach students how to apply advanced research methods such as biostatistics, econometrics and decision science to the evaluation of various healthcare policies and programs. In conducting rigorous analysis, they are trained to use the latest computer software including SAS, Stata and R. At the same time, they gain essential hands-on experience through a faculty-mentored research project that extends throughout the entire course of the program and culminates in a capstone final project.

Timeline to Complete the M.S. Program

For full-time students, each of the three M.S. degrees can be completed in one full year (12 months) including fall, spring, and summer semesters, while part-time students can graduate within 18 to 24 months.

Many of the courses offered are scheduled in the late afternoon or evening.

Certificate Programs

In addition to these three master’s degree tracks, the Department of Healthcare Policy & Research offers one-year certificate programs in:

  • Health Analytics
  • Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Policy and Economics

Student Life

Due to both its outstanding academic reputation and its location in New York City, Weill Cornell Medicine attracts students from all over the world. This creates a culturally diverse and exciting atmosphere in which to learn and grow. At the same time, the school strives to ensure that its students receive attentive, personalized educations through small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio.

WCM’s location also provides its students with unique opportunities that they cannot find elsewhere. One of the most appealing aspects to students in this regard is the fact that the school collaborates with other esteemed local institutions including New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Hospital for Special Surgery, The Rockefeller University, the State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Career services and career outcomes

Both current students and alumni of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research (HPR) receive unlimited access to career services. Students will attend a 10-week professional development course to develop career development strategies as they begin their graduate program to better prepare for career steps after the program concludes.

The Department of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medicine is proud of its alumni. The important contributions they have made to scientific discovery, education and the advancement of healthcare systems through technological innovation and policymaking are a strong reflection of the education that the school provides.

Many alumni have found professional opportunities at local organizations such as Weill Cornell Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia University Medical Center, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Others also work as healthcare consultants and analysts at organizations such as Mathematica Policy Research, McKinsey & Company, and various start-ups. In addition, several HPR alumni also continued their academic training after being admitted to prestigious PhD programs.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS) Biostatistics and data science
Master of Science (MS) Health informatics
Master of Science (MS) Health policy and economics

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 4

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE, MCAT, or GMAT (recommended)
Thesis Required



Application Fee - Domestic

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline March 1st March 1st Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE, MCAT, or GMAT (recommended)
Master's Degree Requirements Official transcripts, resume, personal statement, 3 letters of reference

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 1.12%
Black or African American Not Reported
White or Caucasian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 2.25%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown 1.12%


Male (32%)
Female (67%)

Location & Contact

Address 402 East 67th Street
New York, NY  10065
United States
Contact William Tseng
Phone: 646-962-7590