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Health Services Policy & Management

Health Services Policy and Management (HSPM) is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the promotion of personal and public health through planning, organizing, directing, controlling, coordinating and evaluating health services.

Career opportunities exist in hospitals and clinics, state and federal health care agencies, physician practices, long-term care facilities, professional organizations, consulting firms, insurance companies, health departments, and hospital and medical associations. Individuals from a wide range of undergraduate majors can expect to succeed in health administration, given the many career opportunities the field offers.

The MPH program emphasizes the management of public health agencies and public sector health services. Graduates from the MHA program find jobs in finance and business development, operations management, information technology management, human resources, patient and community relations and other fields. The Ph.D. prepares students to conduct health services research and/or teach at a university level; the DrPH program prepares students to assume senior positions in teaching, policy and/or management in public or private research institutes or government.

Degrees Offered

We offer nine advanced degrees related to health services policy and management. Each graduate degree has specific application deadlines and requirements.


Health Services Policy & Management News

Elizabeth Crouch

Elizabeth Crouch joins National Rural Health Fellows Program

The health policy researcher sees her work with vulnerable populations and rural health disparities as a natural extension of the interests she first cultivated as a child. 

Zaina Qureshi

Researching the opioid crisis

UofSC highlights the work of opioid researchers from pharmacy, social work, and the Arnold School. HSPM's Zaina Qureshi explains how monitoring programs can help combat this public health problem.

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2017-2018 Presidential Fellows

The Graduate School has announced 70 Presidential Fellows, representing 25 states, eight countries, and 33 graduate programs for the 2017-2018 academic year. Thirteen of these promising students call the Arnold School home. 

Bankole Olatosi

Fighting disease with data

Bankole Olatosi and an interdisciplinary team from across USC have a plan to help reduce HIV infections in South Carolina and make medical care more responsive for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Anas Nabil

MPH in HSPM grad to pursue Ph.D. at Texas A&M

After he earns a Ph.D., Nabil plans to pursue postdoctoral research training in health policy and management. Ultimately, he will return to Bangladesh to teach and conduct research in an academic setting or join an international public health organization.

Rifat Haider

PLOS One study finds inequity descreased due to public health initatives

HSPM researchers Rifat Haider and Mahmud Khan have collaborated with partners in Bangladesh to determine if the country’s efforts to reduce inequity in maternal health care utilization have been successful.

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