The HHP program is linked to the WWS Research Center on Health and Wellbeing, which includes faculty associates from diverse academic backgrounds including economics, anthropology, history, psychology, molecular biology, sociology and demography.
Certificate students are required to complete two core courses and two approved electives on health-related topics. The two core courses — WWS 597, Public Policy Approaches to Health and Health Care, and WWS 598, Epidemiology — are offered every year. MPA students may take the core courses in their first or second years (but not in the first semester).
A list of elective courses that fulfill the HHP requirements is available from the HHP faculty chair at the beginning of each academic year. Examples of full-term electives are WWS 564, Poverty, Inequality and Health in the World, WWS 565, Social Determinants of Health, and WWS 571c, Global Infection: Burden, Control & Public Policy. Recent half-term elective courses include WWS 593g, Global Reproductive Health and Rights; WWS 594c, Maternal and Child Health: Culture, Controversy and Policy; and WWS 594d, Controversies in State and Local Health Policy. Two half-term courses count as one elective. Students who wish to count one non-WWS course toward the certificate requirements must seek advance permission from the HHP certificate chair.