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.
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
Brushing away oral health disparities in America’s rural children
New research from HSPM assistant professor/Rural and Minority Health Research Center
deputy director Elizabeth Crouch and MUSC professor Amy Martin has revealed that rural
children are less likely to receive preventive oral care than urban kids.
Study finds state vaccine mandates for child care centers effectively increase proportion
of young children up to date with vaccines
Research led by HSPM assistant professor Nicole Hair has found that states that adopt
child care mandates for the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine see a corresponding increase
in the proportion of children (ages 19-35 months) who are up to date on their pneumococcal
Facility ownership matters in the provision of suicide prevention programs, study
Researchers at the Arnold School’s Rural and Minority Health Research Center have
completed a study on the differences of facility ownership in suicide prevention programs
in outpatient mental healthcare settings across the United States.
Master of Health Administration student wins scholarship from Commission on Accreditation
for Healthcare Management Education
Only one semester into program, Haley Kirby was notified that she had been selected
as one of just two recipients nationwide to receive the Tim Campbell Scholarship from
the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.
Assistant professors Elizabeth Crouch, Bankole Olatosi and Glenn Weaver named 2021
Elizabeth Crouch and Bankole Olatosi, assistant professors in the Department of Health
Services Policy and Management, and Glenn Weaver, an assistant professor in the Department
of Exercise Science, are among just 12 faculty members across the university to receive
2021 Breakthrough Star Awards.
Arnold School welcomes Christina Andrews, who specializes in addiction treatment
Christina Andrews, a long-time Arnold School collaborator, has joined the Department
of Health Services Policy and Management. The associate professor’s interests in addiction
treatment, particularly in response to the opioid epidemic, overlap with many researchers
in her new department.