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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

Nabil Natafgi

Researchers to develop nationwide Virtual Patient Engagement Studio focused on COVID-19

Building on the success of the UofSC Patient Engagement Studio, researchers Nabil Natafgi and Ann Blair Kennedy, will use a $200K award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to create a COVID-19-Focused Virtual Patient Engagement Studio.

Theodoros Giannouchos

Theodoros Giannouchos joins Department of Health Services Policy and Management as assistant professor

Over Giannouchos’ 15 years of education and training, he developed research interests in health services utilization and patient preferences, health outcomes, policy evaluation, and comparative effectiveness. 

Sam Soltis

Arnold School alumnus named chair of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care Governance Board

Sam Soltis, a 2012 graduate of the Ph.D. in Health Services Policy and Management program and former Deputy Director of Health Services at the South Carolina Department of Corrections, has been selected as the new chair of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care Governance Board. 

Bankole Olatosi

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.

Rural and Minority Health Research Center

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.

Peiyin Hung

Individuals with primary care physician continuity have better cancer survival, study finds

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. 

Janice Probst

Older adults comply with COVID-19 risk mitigation behaviors, but urban-rural disparities persist

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. 

Bankole Olatosi

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. 

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