Policy students are encouraged to join Mason's nationally recognized AcademyHealth Student Chapter. The chapter plans networking, career exploration, and social events.
The department also offers membership in the Upsilon Phi Delta national honor society. Students can apply for membership after completing 15 credit hours of undergraduate study or 12 credit hours of graduate study.
The department offers several graduate research and teaching assistantships to students, giving them the opportunity to work closely with faculty members. Priority is given to students in the PhD program. These paid assistantships are competitive and are advertised through the department student listserv. For research topics in which faculty are currently engaged, visit our Health Policy Research page.
Additional funding opportunities are available to PhD in Health Services Research students. Visit our PhD Funding Opportunities page for more information.
Each academic year, the department collaborates with Mason's Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) to offer a series of presentations featuring experts in the field of health policy and research. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend. In addition, PhD students participate in an advanced seminar with invited experts.
Students in the Master of Science in health and medical policy program have the opportunity to apply for many national, regional, and local scholarships and internships to support and enhance their educational experience. There are also fellowship opportunities for students to pursue following graduation. To see the opportunities that are available, visit the following sites:
Yes! Each summer, the department and the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) host the Washington Health Policy Institute. Held at Mason's Arlington Campus during the first week of June, the institute gives attendees the chance to spend their days delving into the policy-making process. The week culminates with a day spent on Capitol Hill speaking with legislatures and getting a behind-the-scenes look at how Congress works to shape our health care system. Masters students can enroll in one of two graduate-level classes offered during the institute.