Health policy analysts are professionals who provide solutions to community health and social problems by conducting research and analyzing the results. The analysts work with those in charge of setting policies to implement the solutions reached via research, and they prepare briefs, reports, testimonies for public hearings, presentations and petitions on health policies. Analysts may visit healthcare sites to take stock of operations and assess the costs of healthcare programs. Health policy analysts are responsible for making sure that policies and solutions to problems are in compliance with any applicable regulations or laws. Education requirements include a master's degree in public health, public policy, or a closely related field. Successful applicants generally have several years of related experience in analyzing public or health policy, and are well-versed in the research techniques required to perform the job. Good health policy analysts are also familiar with the legislative process that is used to create public policies, and they stay up to date on any changes in health policies. Good oral and written communication skills are needed to foster a positive and collaborative work environment. Health policy analysts also need to have excellent reading comprehension skills. Computer skills are also part of the job: Good candidates are able to use word processor and spreadsheet programs. Lastly, analysts should be able to work independently and meet often stringent deadlines.
Health Policy Analyst Tasks
- Prepare policy briefs, reports, public hearing testimonies, presentations, and petitions.
- Work with policy makers to implement solutions.
- Provide solutions to community health and social problems by conducting and analyzing research.
- May conduct site visits to assess operations and costs of health care programs.