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.
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
Assistant professor Peiyin Hung, Rural and Minority Health Research Center contribute
to Rural Action Plan
Comprised of rural experts and leaders across HHS, the Rural Task Force developed
the plan based on the work and input of rural researchers and organizations, such
as health services policy and management assistant professor Peiyin Hung and the Rural
and Minority Health Research Center.
CERortho awarded grant to assess effectiveness of surgery in treating musculoskeletal
John Brooks, HSPM professor and director of CERortho, has won nearly $1.4 million
from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality to examine how early surgery affects health outcomes for people with musculoskeletal
Researchers partner with patients to develop mobile app for enhanced physician-patient
Led by assistant professor Melanie Cozad, the team recently won its second Pfizer
grant to collaborate with patients in improving physician-patient communication through
the development of a patient-designed mobile app.
Rural Health and Minority Research Center awarded $2.8 million from Health Resources
& Services Administration
Jan Eberth (director) and Elizabeth Crouch (deputy director), co-principal investigators
for the Arnold School’s Rural and Minority Health Research Center, have been awarded
funding to support the Center for another four years.
Master’s student Kara Keiper wins national scholarship from American College of Healthcare
Kara Keiper, an MHA student in the HSPM department, is one of just 14 recipients nationwide
to receive a graduate student scholarship from the Foundation of the American College
of Healthcare Executives in 2020.
UofSC researchers leverage technology to engage hard-to-reach patients
With funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, co-principal investigators
Nabil Natafgi and Ann Blair Kennedy will develop a diabetes-focused Virtual Patient
(VIP) Engagement Studio to remotely connect with diabetes patients who are typically
hard to reach.
Each year, the Arnold School and our departments recognize outstanding graduate students
with awards. Visit our awards page to see this year's winners. Check out our faculty and alumni award winners too.
We have featured a few of our outstanding students who are graduating in May and August.
Click to learn more about their journeys. here
Doctoral student Sophia Negaro is pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Services Policy and Management
to advance mental health illness diagnosis, treatment and outcomes by combining interests
in early symptom detection and intervention research. Read more
Daniel Patterson, a 2001 graduate of the Master of Public Health program and 2004
graduate of the Ph.D. in Health Services Policy and Management, has been named the
James O. Page Professor of Emergency Healthcare Worker Safety in the School of Medicine
at the University of Pittsburgh.
The Master of Health Administration (MHA) Professional Format program allows working
healthcare professionals to obtain an advanced degree in health care administration,
without interrupting full-time careers.