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Arnold School of Public Health

MPH in Health Services Policy and Management

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Services Policy and Management prepares students to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health services and health systems in a variety of settings from public health agencies and organizations to private practices and facilities. We prepare students who are ready to progress to leadership positions in the health sector and who want to make a direct and immediate impact in their community or even the world.

Program Highlights

Health Policy Focused

Take required core MPH classes and delve into the health policy concentration through electives.

In-program Health Care Setting Experience

Get exposed to the health care setting while in the program through paid graduate assistantships.

Small Program Size

Learn in a small group setting with an average cohort size of 10 students.



Take your passion for health policy further with an MPH in Health Services Policy and Management.


What You'll Learn

The educational goal of the MPH program is to provide students with the competencies needed to manage public health programs and to direct population-based health improvement activities. In addition to the public health core competencies, the 45-hour MPH curriculum provides training in operations management in healthcare organizations, public health budgeting and finance, health economics, public health law, and health policy development. The MPH program prepares students for careers in the management of public health sector and community health programs, as well as public health-related programs in the private sector.

Alumni Success

Our most recent graduates are in mid-level management positions, such as program coordinator and program director at the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) or S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Others are in nationally prominent advisory roles such as policy and research associates in the U.S. Senate. Others are involved in private sector domestic and international health-related organizations, such as health promotion coordinator with Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company and development coordinator with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. 

In Fall 2019, the Arnold School of Public Health launched our redesigned MPH programs to meet new accreditation criteria from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). 

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