Health and Social Policy, Minor

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About the Minor

This 18-credit hour minor program is the department's only undergraduate program in health policy and is offered jointly through the Department of Health Administration and Policy and the Department of Social Work. This minor program introduces students to the context and process for public policy making in health care and social services. Students will examine the current environment for health and social policy, learn the basic elements of the public policy making process, and apply this knowledge in an enriching, practical research endeavor.

Curriculum Information

The program curriculum, including short descriptions of the required courses, is available in Mason's University Catalog. Of the 18 credits in the minor program, at least eight of them must be applied only to the minor and may not be used to fulfill requirements of the student's major, concentration, an undergraduate certificate, or another minor.  

Students in the program are required to complete a research internship course (HAP 480 or SOCW 480) that may only be applied toward this minor or another College of Health and Human Services program of study. The research internship will be focused on an area of applied health or social policy. The course instructor will pair each student with a faculty member from the College of Health and Human Services who has a similar research interest. The student and faculty member will engage in a semester-long research project.

Declaring a Minor

To declare a minor in health and social policy, fill out the minor declaration form found on the Registrar's web site and then make an appointment with the advisor for this program.


Please visit our department’s FAQs for prospective students. If you still have unanswered questions, please email us at or contact the coordinator of the program.

Tim Henderson

Tim Henderson
Assistant Professor
Phone: 703-993-1850