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
Study finds surgery linked to increased mortality rates among older adults with proximal
Research by investigators at the sC SmartState Center for Effectiveness Research in
Orthopaedics has found that higher rates of surgery to treat proximal humerus fractures
were associated with increased mortality rates and other adverse health outcomes.
Study reveals pediatric mortality rates declining more slowly for rural children compared
to urban peers
Recent research led by Health Services Policy and Management Distinguished Professor
Emerita Janice Probst has found that the decline of deaths among children living in
the rural U.S. has lagged behind rates of decline for urban children.
NRHA elects Elizabeth Crouch to Board of Trustees
Assistant professor Elizabeth Crouch has been elected by the National Rural Health
Association to serve on its Board of Trustees as chair of the Research and Education
Alumna wins Young Scholar Fellowship to study PTSD, social vulnerability and dementia
among Earthquake survivors
Yu-Hsiu Lin, a 2015 graduate of the Arnold School’s Ph.D. in Health Services Policy
and Management program, has received the Young Scholar Fellowship from the Taiwan
Ministry of Science and Technology’s Einstein Program.
Eboni Haynes engages teens in land use planning
The Graduate School at the University of South Carolina has featured December graduate
(Ph.D. in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior) and Graduate Civic Scholars alum
Eboni Haynes for her work engaging teens in land use planning.
Meet new faculty: Nabil Natafgi
UofSC's Craig Brandhorst sits down with Nabil Natafgi, a new assistant professor in
the Department of Health Policy Services and Management, to learn more about his interests
healthcare quality, patient safety, telehealth, and rural care access.