Career Field: Health Policy

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Overview: Health Policy

Health Policy Analysts are concerned with health care systems and strategies to improve their efficiency and efficacy. Policy analysts work to evaluate these strategies and can do so in government agencies, community-based nonprofits, trade associations, insurance departments, lobbying consultants, large associations or corporations. Professionals in this area must be well versed in current legislation regarding public health and comfortable working with data.

Pros: Increasing availability of employment opportunities in this field; Diversity of employers and job settings: regulatory agencies, government agencies, advocacy groups, think tanks, and public and private foundations.

Suggested skills & experience: Data Analysis, Proficiency with SAS and Excel, Knowledge of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Program Evaluation, Grant Writing.

Position Title Examples:

  • Research or Policy Assistant/Specialist
  • Research or Policy Analyst
  • Government Policy Analyst
  • Healthcare Analyst
  • Project Specialist
  • Health Program Analyst
  • Data and Policy Analyst

Typical Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Analyze data and propose policy
  • Present data for new policy/legislation
  • Analyze the costs, benefits or effectiveness of a proposed health policy proposal
  • Educate about public health policy
  • Advocate for public health funding