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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

Kimberly Nelson

Master of Public Health student wins national award for vaccine advocacy efforts

Kimberly Nelson has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with a CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award. This honor recognizes individuals from across the country who demonstrate exemplary efforts to promote childhood immunizations in their communities.

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Arnold School honors graduates at 2019 Hooding Ceremony on May 9

The Arnold School celebrated master’s and doctoral graduates at the 2019 Hooding Ceremony on May 9. Arnold School and department award winners, along with Delta Omega inductees, were also recognized.

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Arnold School faculty to tackle 15 ASPIRE projects

Faculty members from across the Arnold School received funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research with 2019 Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) grants. 

Karen West

Arnold School alumna named next president and CEO of the American Dental Education Association

Karen West, a 1992 graduate of the Arnold School's master of public health in health services policy and management  program, has been selected as the next President and CEO for the American Dental Education Association.

Jan Ostermann

Researchers awarded grant to increase HPV vaccination, reduce disparities among adolescents in Carolinas

They will use the $1 million CDC award to investigate the drivers of rural-urban disparities in HPV vaccination in the Southern U.S. and then will develop a school-based intervention to increase HPV vaccine rates in rural areas of North and South Carolina.

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Fifteen Arnold School graduate students earn 2018-2019 SPARC Graduate Research Grants

Graduate students from across the Arnold School have earned 2018-2019 SPARC Graduate Research Grants from the UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research to fund individual scholarship initiatives.

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