MS in Health Policy Experiential Learning

The MS in Health Policy offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to acquire insights into the practice of health policy and meet individuals involved with health policy issues. By participating in such diverse experiences, students can be more effectively prepared to embark on a health policy career pathway.

Students develop valuable professional and networking skills through summer internships, practicum, and post-graduate fellowships. Students are also expected to attend campus-based lectures and seminars concerning health policy issues that are routinely offered by the University Public Center and the College of Law, Medicine, and Public Health. Students also are expected to attend state and national conferences focusing on health policy.

This can include Iowa’s Rebalancing Healthcare in the Heartland forum and the national meeting of AcademyHealth.


The AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting brings together a wide variety of stakeholders leading the charge to transform delivery systems and health care in this rapidly changing landscape. Students can attend the ARM in order to learn about the latest emerging evidence, discover new methods and applications of rigorous and relevant methods, identify gaps and opportunities in research, connect with peers, expand their community, identify new collaborators, and enhance their understanding of the most pressing research policy issues.

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo brings together more than 12,000 public health professionals from across the U.S. and around the world to network, educate and share experiences. The event involves those at the global and national levels, including past surgeons general and heads of health organizations around the world, professionals at the state and tribal levels including leaders from state and local health departments, and those in the education of the next leaders in public health, including professors and deans from the leading public health schools and programs.