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
Researchers win NIH grant to study viral suppression using big data approach
Bankole Olatosi, assistant professor of health services policy and management, and
Jiajia Zhang, professor of biostatistics, have been awarded more than $3.5 million
from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Cancer treatment has improved but access to services remains unequal, study finds
A Rural and Minority Health Research Center study on hospital-based cancer treatment
services over an nine-year period found disparities between rural and urban access
to cancer treatment.
Individuals with primary care physician continuity have better cancer survival, study
Research led by health services policy and management assistant professor Peiyin Hung
has found that patients with continual care from the same primary care physician have
lower death rates from cancer compared to individuals without continuity of care.
Older adults comply with COVID-19 risk mitigation behaviors, but urban-rural disparities
Researchers at the Rural and Minority Health Research Center found high levels of
compliance with risk mitigation behaviors among all older adults; however, rural residents
were consistently less likely than their urban counterparts to adhere to these recommendations.
The coronavirus meets big data
Xiaoming Li and Bankole Olatosi, co-directors of the UofSC Big Data Health Science
Center, are acquiring de-identified electronic health records for all COVID-19 patients
in South Carolina to develop a statewide data-driven system to respond to the pandemic.
Breakthrough: Elizabeth Crouch
UofSC features 2021 Breakthrough Star Elizabeth Crouch, assistant professor of health
services policy and management and deputy director of the Rural and Minority Health
Researchers publish free workbook for students, faculty on health in rural America
As an outcome rural health workshop they hosted last summer, the National Academies
of Science, Engineering and Medicine have produced a workbook (free to anyone with
a .edu email address), Population Health in Rural American 2020: Proceedings of a
Christina Andrews awarded more than $2.5 million from National Institutes of Health
to examine treatment of alcohol use disorder for Medicaid recipients
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism will fund a new study led by
Christina Andrews, an associate professor of health services policy and management,
to examine the effectiveness of Medicaid-covered alcohol use disorder treatment.