Vanderbilt University's Department of Health Policy brings together a broad group of health policy scholars devoted to developing health policy solutions that can have a profound impact. The Department builds on a history of strong collaborative relationships with the Tennessee Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several frontline policy makers to develop health policy solutions for our nation’s most pressing health care challenges.

The combination of a major research university and preeminent medical center gives Department faculty incredible opportunities to build relationships with frontline care providers and policymakers which can lead to breakthrough discoveries.  The Department fosters a deep belief that research and innovative thinking should guide health policy relationships and help policymakers understand implications. 

The Department offers the M.P.H. degree, including a Health Policy Track and is welcoming candidate applications for its Ph.D. in Health Policy to begin in fall 2020.

Featured Resources

Trends in opioid prescriptions and overdoses in Tennessee were discovered in research by Melissa McPheeters, PhD. 

Opioids and Overdoses in Tennessee


What proposal currently under consideration would do the most to offer protection from high out-of-pocket spending under Medicare Part D?



Infographic detailing out of pocket prescription drug spending under three proposals aimed at Medicare Part D.

Check out our latest infographic on key health policy issues facing pregnant sexual minority women - For all media and resources, click HERE

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