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Your major helps you develop knowledge, skills and abilities that employers seek.

To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through your coursework, activities and work, consider using the reflection worksheets (accessible via B.hired > Resources) and/or Type Focus (accessible via B.hired > Resources).

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The Brandeis Internship Exchange is a convenient online tool to find and share internship opportunities.

Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to search internships by major.

Alum Experience

Noah Haber wrote his honors thesis in HSSP modeling and analyzing rise of the pharmaceutical research and development industry in India following major patent law changes in 2005. This work was inspired by his summer internship working in HIV clinics in slum areas in New Delhi, India.

Noah is currently a full-time Research Assistant at Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions in the Health Economics Research and Quality of Life Evaluation Services (HERQuLES) group. He currently designs and builds health economic models which simulate both the economic and health related effects of pharmaceuticals in various populations. He has worked in a number of disease areas, including pain management, diabetes, hypertension, and depression.

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Alum Experience

Loretta Stein graduated from Brandeis in 2006 with a double major in HSSP and Anthropology and a minor in Latin American Studies.  Her senior thesis was entitled “Determinants of Disease:  An Analysis of Health and Healthcare in the Dominican Republic” based on her study abroad experience in the Dominican Republic.  The following year she earned a Masters of Science in Global Health Science from Oxford University.  Her dissertation was entitled “Evaluating the Quality of Informed Consent in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Cord Blood Research in Coastal Kenya” based on original research conducted in Kilifi, Kenya.  She is currently a second year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

Loretta can be contacted at loretta.stein@tufts.ed.

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Alum Experience

Eliza Gregory graduated from Brandeis University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Health: Science, Society and Policy.  During her time in the program, Eliza served as the Undergraduate Departmental Representative, and for her senior internship, she worked in the Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital developing the new Emergency Management program.  After graduating, Eliza began work in August 2005 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) as a Project Manager in the Emergency Management Program within the Department of Health Care Quality.  Eliza was promoted to Manager in February 2008 and has helped to expand the EM Program by recruiting and hiring a direct-report Project Manager.  Eliza will be graduating from Simmons College in May 2009, with a Master in Healthcare Administration.

The field of Emergency Management follows a continuous cycle of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.  Emergency Management is applicable across all industries, and after events such as Hurricane Katrina, hospital-based Emergency Management became a national priority for the federal government and for regulatory and accreditation agencies.  Examples of hospital-based Emergency Management initiatives include Hazardous Materials (HazMat) and Decontamination Operations, Evacuation, Mass Casualty Incident and
Inpatient Surge, Pandemic, et al.  Examples of activities for these initiatives include preparing the written hospital plans and policies, implementing these plans through staff training, purchasing relevant equipment, performing drills to exercise the plans, and responding to real events.

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Health: Science, Society and Policy

First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
Hands-On Experience Requirement
What to do with a degree in HSSP
HSSP Web Sites
Graduate School Information


The program in Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) capitalizes on Brandeis' enormous strengths across the many disciplines that contribute to our current understanding of human health and disease. This program helps students understand the biological underpinnings of health, illness and disability, as well as their social, political, legal,and economic dimensions. International cases and examples are integrated into the study of these issues in the United States.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Health: Science, Society and Policy alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Health: Science, Society and Policy major at Brandeis.

HSSP Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as an HSSP major at Brandeis.

Year Title Company Industry
2012 Hayes Management Consulting Consulting Associate Consulting
2012 Research Assistant Health Advances Hospital & Health Care
2012 GigaOM Buisness Development Consultant Computer Science
2012 Consultant World Health Organization Health Care
2011 Portfolio Accountant State Street Corporation Finance and Banking
2011 Department Administrator Brandeis University Higher Education
2010 BCK Law Paralegal Law
2010 Associate Analyst Abt Associates Research
2010 MEDITECH Applications Specialist Healthcare
2010 Adult Education Manager Wheelock College Higher Education
2010 Junior Project Manager Guidepoint Global Hospital & Health Care
2009 Project Manager Harvard Medical School Higher Education
2008 Lab Assistant Caris Life Sciences Biotechnology
2008 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Clinical Research Coordinator Research/ Health Care
2008 Senior Associate Avalere Health Public Policy

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The Manhattan Children's Center Education & Teaching
2007 Associate Attorney Fried Frank Law

Hands-on Experience Requirement 


As part of the major, each student is required to complete one of the three following options.

  • Option 1: HSSP 89a (Internship Seminar). In this semester long class, declared HSSP majors combine a seminar and a supervised internship in a health care or policy organization. The Internship Instructor should be consulted prior to starting the internship search and is available to provide assistance throughout the process.  Students are responsible for securing their own internships and are required to submit a 20-25 page research paper relating to their internship. See more about HSSP internships below.
  • Option 2: HSSP 98a/b (Independent Research). In this semester long tutorial, students will conduct an intensive laboratory or field based project that culminates in a 20-25 page research paper relating the research to science, society, and policy.  This requires a one semester commitment.  Students are responsible for finding an appropriate faculty supervisor by the end of the semester preceding enrollment in HSSP 98.   If the faculty supervisor is not a member of the HSSP faculty, approval of the project by HSSP’s Chair is required before students can register for HSSP 98. 
  • Option 3: HSSP 99d (Field-based Senior Research). In this year long tutorial, each student will conduct an original health-related field based research project and write a thesis. This option is typically used for students who wish to seek HSSP Honors.


In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.


What to Do with a Degree in Health: Science, Society and Policy (.pdf)


Health: Science, Society and Policy Web Sites

Graduate School Information and Resources

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


  • Oral and Written Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken and written words.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern that is hidden in other distracting material.


  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

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