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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 Department of Health Services Policy and Management’s mission is to be actively involved in improving quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health services and health systems locally and globally. (Adopted Fall 2021).

Degrees Offered

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


Health Services Policy & Management News

Chen Liang

Researchers develop algorithm to determine when COVID-19 infection happens during pregnancy using nationwide electronic health records

Published in PLOS ONE, the method leverages large amounts of data from electronic health records and enables researchers and clinicians to better understand the potential risks to both fetus and mother.

Peiyin Hung

Rural areas come out on top for quality of inpatient psychiatric care

Amidst numerous headlines and reports that rural health care is unequal to urban in nearly every way, recent research from the Rural and Minority Health Research Center has revealed that the quality of inpatient psychiatric care is better in most rural settings.

Chen Liang

Chen Liang named Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association

The most elite of AMIA members are designated as fellows in recognition of their expertise in evidence-based informatic practice and their engagement as life-long learners who continuously apply informatics to improve health and health care.

pregnant woman

Structural racism worsens maternal health disparities for some minority women during pandemic

Arnold School researchers and a collaborator from the School of Medicine Columbia have completed a study examining the effects of residential segregation on maternal outcomes for minority women before and during the pandemic.

Peiyin Hung

Does telehealth fail minority, rural pregnant women during the pandemic?

The latest Arnold School project to learn from and address impacts of COVID-19 comes in the form of a $3 million U01 grant to investigate the effects of telehealth on disparities in maternal care during the pandemic. 

Theodoros Giannouchos

Study finds reduction in emergency room visits for non-urgent conditions after Medicaid eligibility expansion

Researchers from the Department of Health Services Policy and Management have examined whether Medicaid eligibility expansion is associated with changes in emergency department visits based on medical urgency. They published their findings in the JAMA Network Open.

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