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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.

The Department of Health Services Policy and Management’s mission is to be actively involved in improving quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health services and health systems locally and globally. (Adopted Fall 2021).

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

Tara Sabo-Attwood

Tara Sabo-Attwood returns to USC as new dean for the Arnold School of Public Health

Donna Arnett, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, is pleased to announce the selection of a highly accomplished public health leader, Tara Sabo-Attwood, as the new dean beginning August 1. 

Peiyin Hung

Researchers find geographic, racial disparities in postpartum readmissions involving mental health, substance use disorders

In a collaboration between the Rural and Minority Health Research Center and South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality, USC researchers have discovered a hidden crisis impacting rural and minority South Carolinians.


Health services policy and management student award winners announced

The Department of Health Services Policy and Management is proud to announce the recipients of their 2024 Student Awards. These students were selected for their outstanding performance both academically and outside the classroom.

Shanikque Barksdale

Aiming for equity. Public health professional completes doctoral degree to address social determinants of health

Shanikque Barksdale graduates in May with six peer-reviewed publications to her name. With interests in maternal and child health, telehealth and rural health, she is perfectly positioned in her role at DHEC to continue making an impact in these areas.

Madison Paternostro

Master of Health Administration graduate to continue career with fellowship at McLeod Health

As a student in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management, Madison Paternostro developed an interest in clinical operations within health systems - particularly at outpatient facilities where patients receive most of their care.

Dakshu Jindal

Doctoral graduate combines economics with health policy to advance health equity

During her Ph.D. in Health Services Policy and Management program, Dakshu Jindal gained research experience as a graduate assistant on projects within her department and at the Center for Community Health Alignment.

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