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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.

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

Elizabeth Crouch

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. 

Nicole Hair

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 vaccines.

Peiyin Hung

Facility ownership matters in the provision of suicide prevention programs, study shows

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. 

Haley Kirby

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. 

Breakthrough Star Gray

Assistant professors Elizabeth Crouch, Bankole Olatosi and Glenn Weaver named 2021 Breakthrough Stars

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. 

Christina Andrews

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.  

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