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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

Peiyin Hung

Nearly twenty percent of rural Americans live more than 60 miles from cancer care providers, according to new research

A recently published study by researchers at the Rural and Minority Health Research Center found that rural populations have to travel further to reach cancer specialists, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, cancer surgeons and gynecological oncologists. 

Rifat Haider

SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality successfully preps postdocs for careers in academia

Four years in, the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality continues to raise the bar on its various training efforts for students, particularly its postdoctoral fellows program. Since 2015, eight postdoctoral fellows have become faculty members at academic institutions in South Carolina and beyond.

Nabil Natafgi

HSPM welcomes assistant professor Nabil Natafgi

Originally interested in practicing medicine, Nabil Natafgi first learned about public health through an introductory course offered at the American University of Beirut in his native Lebanon. The class opened his eyes to the plethora of opportunities for improving the health of others. 

Chen Liang

Chen Liang brings informatics expertise to Department of Health Services Policy and Management

Assistant professor Chen Liang is using informatics to save lives. His focus on leveraging this branch of information science to improve public health, medicine and clinical research dates back 15 years.

David Boucher

Master of public health alumnus David Boucher named Chief Business Transformation Officer for Bumrungrad International Hospital

David Boucher, a 1982 graduate of the Department of Health Services Policy and Management’s Master of Public Health program, has been selected to serve as the Chief Business Transformation Officer for Bumrungrad International Hospital. 

Matthew Hudson

Study finds connection between mental workload and patient care among clinical oncologists

Recent research led by Matthew Hudson, the director of Cancer Care Delivery Research at Prisma Health-Upstate and a HSPM adjunct associate professor, investigates clinical work intensity (i.e., mental workload) that medical oncologists and oncologic nurse practitioners experience while providing care to cancer patients. 

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