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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

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. 

Elizabeth Crouch

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 Research Center. 

Christina Andrews

Christina Andrews wins second National Institutes of Health grant to examine Medicaid programs for substance abuse treatment

On the heels of receiving a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to examine the treatment of alcohol use disorder for Medicaid recipients, Christina Andrews has been awarded another R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health. 

Janice Probst

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 Workshop. 

Christina Andrews

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.

Vaccine Clinic

Master of Health Administration alumnus leads efforts to bring vaccines to rural residents

With the establishment of community vaccination sites in larger areas across the state at the beginning of 2021, it became apparent to Jacob Evans that access to the vaccine was not readily available in rural communities like Laurens. 

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