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Arnold School of Public Health


Graduate Degrees in Health Services Policy & Management

Our Health Services Policy and Management (HSPM) programs will offer you the cutting-edge, hands-on learning environment you are searching for as the foundation of your career.

HSPM's mission is to advance the provision of effective, efficient and equitable health services by preparing individuals for positions in health services management, policy, public health programs, research and education.

Students interested in improving and strengthening health care systems with strong quantitative skills are ideal for our graduate programs. Through our two master's (Master of Public Health, Master of Health Administration) and two doctoral paths (Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Public Health), the department produces well-trained graduates ready to assume or progress to leadership positions in different health sector entities. Students are able to complete the Master of Public Health program through distance education, although most courses require synchronous participation via weblinks.

In addition to the four degree programs indicated above, the department also offers a number of dual or joint degrees. Students can also apply for admission to Juris Doctor (law)/Master of Health Administration and Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health dual degree programs. The Master of Health Information Technology (MHIT) degree program is offered in collaboration with the Integrated Information Technology program of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sports Management. 

Master of Public Health in Health Services Policy and Management (MPH)

Are you interested in a career where you can have a more direct and immediate impact on the health of others in your community, state, nation and beyond?  If this is your aspiration, then the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in public health administration may be the degree program for you. Our program will provide you with the essential knowledge, skills and experiences that will prepare you to be a leader within an agency or organization dedicated to improving the public’s health. Distance education for this program is also available.

Our most recent graduates are in mid-level management positions, such as program coordinator and program director at the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) or S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Others are in nationally prominent advisory roles such as policy and research associates in the U.S. Senate. Still others are involved in private sector domestic and international health-related organizations, such as health promotion coordinator with Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company and development coordinator with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. 

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Our Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is recognized for excellence in preparing health care leaders. Our Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)-accredited MHA program equips graduates with in-demand competencies that are necessary for leading organizations involved in the management and delivery of health and health care services.

A career in health care management offers opportunities for growth and advancement in a myriad of settings, such as hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, long-term care, insurance organizations, government agencies and consulting firms. Graduates have become Chief Executive Officers (CEOs)/Presidents, Chief Operating Officers (COOs), Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), Directors and Administrators of health insurance companies, health care businesses, hospitals and governmental /non-governmental organizations around the world. Our graduates are active, visible and valuable members of their communities working hard to improve health and health systems.

Juris Doctorate / Master of Health Administration (JD/MHA dual degree)

The dual degree in health administration and law is designed for highly motivated students who wish to study and apply law to issues in health care. The dual degree leads to a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Health Administration through an innovative and integrated curriculum completed over a four-year period. The completion of this dual degree will equip graduates with the ability to successfully practice law in large private or governmental organizations and attain C-suite executive positions in the future. With continuing changes in the legal and regulatory landscape ranging from health reform to other mandates, the demand these skill sets will be on the increase in the future.

Ph.D. in Health Services Policy and Management

The educational goal of the Doctor of Philosophy program in HSPM is to prepare students to assume positions in teaching and/or research in universities, public or private research institutes or government agencies. In the last four years, most of our Ph.D. graduates have accepted faculty positions in public health or allied health schools in the U.S. and internationally. Some have accepted research and administrative positions in public health entities and consulting firms.

The program of study is designed around the interests of the individual, taking previous academic training and professional experience into account. Emphasis in the program is in research methods, statistics and advanced concepts in health policy and management. The program is 61 credit hours post-masters and requires a dissertation based on original research.

Doctor of Public Health in Health Services Policy and Management (DrPH)

Not currently accepting applications.

Korean Doctor of Public Health in Health Services Policy and Management (DrPH)

Not currently accepting applications.

Taiwan Doctor of Public Health in Health Services Policy and Management (DrPH)

Not currently accepting applications.