• Resources Run Rich and Deep” – Judith Arneson, RN, TDI'14


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  • Sense of excitement about informing significant policy changes in the U.S. health care system.” – Stephanie Tomlin, MPA, MPH’13
  • Tight-Knit Community” – Bokyung Kim, TDI'13


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  • Excellent Caliber of Faculty and Speakers” – Tim Lin, MD, TDI'14


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  • Nowhere have I experienced more passion for teaching than at TDI.” – Buffy Meliment MS enrolled
  • Diversity” – Lisa Soler, RN, TDI'14


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  • Students bring a wealth of knowledge about different parts of the health care industry.” – Catherine Augustyn MBA/MPH’13
  • Well-Rounded Health Professionals ” – David Nalepinski, TDI'15


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Why Choose Us?

The Dartmouth Institute offers multidisciplinary faculty, innovative achievements based on our signature perspectives, face-to-face education, teamwork, a diverse student body, and our sense of mission.

Multidisciplinary Faculty

Our philosophy at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice is to form multidisciplinary teams to address problems in health care.  Our students benefit from this  multidisciplinary approach in our master’s programs: the Master of Public Health (MPH) 1-year accelerated and 2-year online degrees, and the Master of Science in Healthcare Research (MS).  In all our programs students are taught by physicians, epidemiologists, psychologists, sociologists, economists, medical geographers, statisticians, and other specialists who are researchers, educators, mentors, and practicing health professionals. Their primary concerns are studying and improving health care, health care delivery,  population health, and training the next generation of leaders in those fields.


Innovation based on our Signature Perspectives

Our students learn from faculty who ask questions that no one else is asking, find answers that change our understanding of the delivery of care, and push boundaries to transform population health and health care.  The Dartmouth Institute is known for more than 30 years of innovative work.  Some of our key achievements have been tracking the performance of the U.S. health care system, pioneering the “clinical microsystems” approach to quality improvement in health care, and showing that more health care is not necessarily better care.  The Dartmouth Institute led the nation in exploring the causes and consequences of unwarranted variations in practice and spending – and in developing policy approaches to address them, ranging from shared decision-making to accountable care organizations.  These innovative achievements are based on our signature perspectives, which infuse all our work and the curriculum in our master’s programs.  Our signature perspectives include: 

• Use data to inform decisions, developing new measures if needed
• Recognize that health care is one of many determinants of health
• Believe that the best health care results when patients and their providers share decision making
• Believe that the public can understand well-presented health risk data
• Understand the potential harms and benefits of therapies and surgeries
• View health care delivery as a system
• Improve quality in health care by designing systems, and
• Infuse all thinking with “healthy skepticism”, our term for accepting evidence only after questioning assumptions and considering alternative explanations and conclusions. 

These perspectives – and the skills needed to apply them – are what students develop in our unique master’s degree programs, enabling our graduates to contribute at the cutting edge of health care. 


Face-to-Face Education

Our classroom experience is like no other. Our faculty is committed to your success in and out of the classroom. Most of our courses are taught by our full-time faculty, so you’ll have access to the best in their fields. You will learn more than the basics of public health, health care leadership and health care research. You will learn to evaluate current practice, analyze the underpinnings of our complex and increasingly costly health care system, and work toward continual improvement in health and health care.


Because work in health care relies on teams, we complete our learning largely in teams working together on real problems to prepare our students to make significant contributions in the world of work.  Our graduate programs provide a solid mix of individual and team projects so that leadership skills and team skills are developed and strengthened. Course projects often have real-life applications, so not only do you develop skills, such as collaboration, problem-solving, negotiation, giving and receiving feedback, and motivation, but you also contribute to the improvement of care in an actual setting.


Diverse Student Body

Recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, and physicians from around the world enroll in our graduate degree programs, and work with a faculty renowned internationally for leadership, scholarship and innovation. This mix of students, with a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, learn from each other and work together to create new programs, implement public health interventions, and make recommendations for policies. Taking classes with this diverse group of students will challenge your perception of contemporary issues in health and health care.  You will be an active participant with your classmates in influencing change.


Sense of Mission

A Message from the Director of The Dartmouth Institute, Dr. Elliott Fisher:

Dear Prospective Students;

This is an important moment in health care.

The problems with our health care system are now well understood. The public is still besieged by messages that scare rather than inform. The risks and benefits of new (and old) treatments are insufficiently understood. Patients often make decisions that aren’t aligned with their preferences. Overuse and overdiagnosis remain rampant, and health care is too often confused with health. High and rising health care costs pose a threat to everyone: undermining schools, devouring government budgets, and keeping wage growth flat.

We also have a much better understanding of what will be required to address these problems – and the country is beginning to implement them.

But we still have a lot to do. And Dartmouth, I believe, is uniquely positioned to help accelerate the transformation we need through our research, educational programs and partnerships with health care systems here, across the country and around the world.

I hope you will join us in trying to help fix health care.

Warm regards,


Graduates of The Dartmouth Institute do just that: they become our partners in helping fix health care and population health.

knowledge informs change