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Arnold School of Public Health

Ph.D. in Health Services Policy and Management

Pursue your passion for improving health services and systems through the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Services Policy and Management, where you will learn how to conduct rigorous health services research designed to meaningfully inform health care policy and practice. As inequities in access to high-quality care persist and health outcomes remain suboptimal, there has never been a better or more important time to pursue a doctoral degree and inform policy to improve health care for all. Doctoral students can join projects at three research centers either led or co-led by health services and policy management faculty members.

Program Highlights

Mentorship from Day 1

Find mentorship and support from a faculty member starting on day one.

Unique Research Opportunities

Work with South Carolina's unique Integrated (all-payer) Data System to conduct impactful studies, and collaborate on policy-relevant research with nearby state health agencies.

Competitive Funding Packages

Admitted students receive competitive funding packages to support their studies and living expenses.

Nationally Recognized Faculty

Conduct meaningful research on projects led by our nationally recognized faculty. 

Build your Network

Meet and network with national and international health policy and health services research leaders in our weekly seminar.

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Did You Know? With proximity to the state's public health and allied health agencies as well as non-profits, you'll have the opportunity to form capital city connections for research and collaboration.


What You'll Learn

You'll explore quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in health equity, data science or health outcomes, policy and economics. You'll also work on developing and writing compelling grants. Pursue knowledge and research with faculty members who have expertise in rural health, substance abuse policy, telehealth, Medicare and Medicaid policy, infectious diseases, primary care, hospital-based care and much more. View the Academic Bulletin.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.