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Cornell University Cornell Brooks Public Policy

Degree Requirements

  • Coursework totaling a minimum of 60 credit hours (48 credit core curriculum; students may take more than the required 12 credits at no extra cost).
  • Sloan Colloquium and intersession program
  • 10-week summer internship
  • Capstone project requiring group effort and teamwork during the second year. (A thesis is not required for graduation).

The Core Curriculum:

  • Health Care Organization
  • Health Care Accounting
  • Regression Analysis and Managerial Forecasting
  • Health Care Ethics
    Organizational Development and Human Resources Management in Health Care
  • Microeconomics for Management and Policy
  • Population Health for Health Managers
  • Health Care Financial Management I & II
  • Health Care Marketing
  • Strategic Management and Organizational Design of Health Care Systems
  • Healthcare IT and Quality
  • Health Law
  • Managing Operations


The Sloan Program encourages students to design their own field of emphasis. “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study,” Ezra Cornell declared in 1865. In the Cornell tradition, the health services administration program allows you to select courses according to your career interests. Electives are offered in a variety of areas, including managed care, women’s health issues, comparative health systems, welfare policy, consumer behavior, community and facility design, finance and analytics, social policy, human resource management, entrepreneurship and management consulting. Elective course titles include Service Operations, Strategic Marketing, Financial Statement Analysis, Finance and Management of Non-Profit Organizations, Advanced Spreadsheet Modeling, Managerial Decision-Making, E-Management, Negotiations, Managerial Writing, Leading Teams, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Communication and Managed Care, and more!

Practitioner-Led Intensive Courses (PLICs):

Taught by Sloan alumni or other experts in the field, Sloan PLICs are one- and two-credit intensive courses, generally taught on a weekend day, that provide practical, hands-on, data-driven learning experiences for students. Examples of recent PLICs include Big Data in Healthcare: Getting Past the Hype and Understanding Real World applications; Alternative Payments in Healthcare: Best Practices and Biggest Pitfalls; Fundamentals of Health Facility Planning for Managers/Entrepreneurs; Long-Term Care; Lifestyle Alternatives for the Older Adult; Physician-Management Relations, Strategic Management of Change in Healthcare Organizations; Operations and Management of Senior Living and Related Facilities; and Collaborative Approaches to Quality, Safety, and Services for Patients.

Health Care Information Technology Boot Camp

Sloan launched a health care information technology boot camp in 2015 to prepare prospective students for the transformative role of data and information technology on health care and health care managers.

You will observe and learn from expert practitioners in the New York City. You will observe, for example, a physician use the Epic electronic medical record system (EMR) and learn how health care executives have implemented EMR.

You also will meet with leaders of start-up firms, venture capitalists and industry experts. And you will have the opportunity to discuss innovations with faculty from Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech, bioinformatics master’s students and master’s of health technology students.