HHP Courses

Graduate Certificate in Health and Health Policy

HHP Courses

Certificate students are required to complete two core courses and two approved health-related electives (two half-term electives will count as one elective for the HHP Certificate).

Core Courses

SPI 597 Public Policy Approaches to Health and Healthcare

This course explores the professed and unspoken goals nations pursue with their health systems and the alternative economic and administrative structures different nations use to pursue those goals. The emphasis in the course will be on the industrialized world, although some time can be allocated later in the course to approaches used in the developing countries, if students in the course desire it.
Fall Term; Professor Janet Currie

NOTE: SPI 597 will not be offered in Fall 2021 because Prof. Currie will be on sabbatical.  SPI 564: Poverty, Inequality, and Health in the World will serve as an alternate HHP core course.  

SPI 598 Epidemiology

This epidemiology course focuses on: measurement of health status, disease occurrence, survival, and the association between risk factors and health outcomes; design, analysis and interpretation of epidemiologic research studies; and bias and confounding. Other topics include synthesis of epidemiological studies, disease outbreaks, causal inference, social inequalities in health, and research ethics. The course will examine "individual-centered" epidemiology and "macro-epidemiology" to assess population impact and inform health policy. (Prereq: 507b/c or advanced statistics)
Spring Term; Professor Noreen Goldman


Health-Related Electives

The list of approved electives that qualify for Certificate Program credit varies from year to year. The current academic year’s list appears below; the spring semester course list is subject to change. Two half-term courses count toward one of the two electives that are required for the Certificate.

Fall 2021


Spring 2022
  • POP 502 / SOC 532 Research Methods in Demography
  • SPI 565 Social Determinants of Health
  • SPI 566 Topics in Health: Global Health Challenges, A. Sharkey  NEW


  • SPI 594d Challenges in State and Local Health Policy, Session I, H. Howard
  • SPI 594v  Vaccination Policy and Epidemic Dynamics, Session II, B. Grenfell


Elective Substitutions

In exceptional cases, students may be granted special permission to substitute one of the two required elective courses with either a health-related graduate-level course offered by a department outside of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, or a Princeton School of Public and International Affairs graduate level course that is not on the list of approved electives.

Those who wish to receive HHP elective credit for a course that is not on the list of approved electives should seek permission from the Certificate Director before taking the course. Students are encouraged to consult with the Certificate Director about potential HHP courses as soon as they are identified. Elective course substitutions will not be approved after the third week of classes.