Skip to content

Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy

Define and maintain quality in healthcare.

All patients, and especially those with life-threatening diseases, need essential health care products. And you’re the one who brings them to market and protects patients’ safety. You make sure legal regulations are followed and that a culture of safety is cultivated in clinical practice. Because by promoting the safety and effectiveness of medication, devices and policies, you have the power to improve and save lives.

Become a highly skilled regulatory professional.

Working with highly trained faculty and cross-disciplinary teams, you’ll gain an understanding of the complex process of bringing medical products to market in an ever-evolving industry or advance your knowledge of patient safety in a clinical setting. You’ll graduate with firsthand experience on how to navigate and uphold the regulatory and legal environment and be ready to assume a leadership position in patient safety and quality.

Questions about our regulatory affairs and health policy programs? Connect with our Admission Office. Boston: 617.879.5964, Online: 508.373.5657.

Modern Facilities

MCPHS is home to one of the largest medical product libraries in the country, where students have access to leading information and resources developed by dedicated personnel.

Highly Trained Faculty

MCPHS professors are industry executives with experience in drugs, devices and biologics, healthcare and policy.

Global Healthcare Center

Boston’s Longwood Medical and Academic Area is a global center for healthcare delivery, research and education, giving our students access to world-class hospitals and research facilities.

Biotech Hub

Massachusetts’ reputation as the largest biotech cluster in the world is ideal for professionals looking to take advantage of the ever-expanding healthcare, biotech and pharma industries.

Advantageous Outcomes

Graduates of the program work in industry, government and world-renowned healthcare organizations.

Small Class Sizes

Learn from experienced, dedicated faculty in small face-to-face and online settings, where you and your career matter.

Distinguished Longevity

Since 1999, MCPHS has offered academic training in the regulation of drugs, devices and biologics, law, marketing and health policy.

A field of growth

According to the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS) regulatory affairs professionals are increasingly in demand, and the profession has proven resistant to industry downsizing. This is due in part to the number of clinical trials and research managed by a variety of scientists, physicians, clinicians, medical laboratory professionals, and many more healthcare workers who work in conjunction with regulatory affairs professionals to ensure that all products and pharmaceuticals are compliant with federal regulations for medical devices and drugs. Additionally, patient safety will always be a top concern for patient-centered healthcare organizations, who need leaders to participate in and initiate quality improvement programs in support of increased safety for patients.


With innovative and immersive training, our graduates are extremely well prepared to advance their careers in regulatory affairs and health policy. Employment opportunities include federal or state regulatory agencies, clinical research organizations, managed care, or other health related fields where a knowledge of the regulatory and legal environment is prerequisite. Graduates may pursue careers in regulatory affairs, product management, marketing, quality assurance & control, and manufacturing.


Salaries for regulatory professionals maintained a general upward trend, according to the 2016 Scope of Practice & Compensation Report for the Regulatory Profession conducted by RAPS. Average compensation in the profession was reported at $122,711, with vice presidents earning $223,616.


Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy Program Overview

Student wearing safety goggles in lab

How can earning a regulatory affairs and health policy degree can help you make a positive impact on healthcare systems?

Learn more