Skip to Content

Arnold School of Public Health

  • Group photo of faculty and students

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

Elizabeth Crouch

Research center combats spread of HIV, STIs in rural communities

USC features the Rural and Minority Health Research Center's efforts to understand and address disparities in rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV in rural vs urban areas in South Carolina. 

couple looking at bills

New research ties long, severe COVID to economic hardship for U.S. families

A study led by HSPM assistant professor Nicole Hair has revealed that U.S. families whose members experienced persistent COVID-19 symptoms and, to a lesser extent, severe COVID-19 illness, were more likely to encounter economic hardship.

Tanya Ambrose

Master of public health student screens film of nonprofit she founded at APHA annual meeting

MCH Certificate/MPH student Tanya Ambrose is already a public health professional. The outreach specialist for Prisma Health Midlands Healthy Start founded Scrub Life Cares in 2020 to provides menstrual products to support health hygiene.

Meredith Rhodes

Carolina Band drum major awarded scholarship to study health policy at USC’s Joseph F. Rice School of Law

Meredith Rhodes is now in her final semester as a public health major. Not only has she maintained a 4.0 GPA, but she’s already been selected as a Carolina Law Research Scholar to attend the Joseph F. Rice School of Law.

Christina Andrews

Some states, plans limit access to opioid use disorder treatment prescription through prior authorization practices

Published in the January issue of Health Affairs, a study led by HSPM associate professor Christina Andrews found that 11 states required prior authorization across all plans, and 13 states required no authorization.

health policy winners

Undergraduate students win Tulane Health Policy Case Competition

Public health students Anusha Ghosh and Muskaan Makkar and finance major Hima Vadlamani are the 2023 winners of the nationwide Tulane Health Policy Case Competition, which invited solutions to New Orleans’ homelessness crisis.

Elizabeth Crouch

Public health professor recognized as top national rural health researcher

USC features health services policy and management associate professor and Rural and Minority Health Research Center director Elizabeth Crouch.

More Arnold School News

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.