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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

Chen Liang

Arnold School researchers enlisted in nationwide effort to tackle long COVID

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded more than $400K to health services policy and management assistant professor Chen Liang as part of the Long COVID Computational Challenge.

Theodoros Giannouchos

Study finds reduction in emergency room visits for non-urgent conditions after Medicaid eligibility expansion

Researchers from the Department of Health Services Policy and Management have examined whether Medicaid eligibility expansion is associated with changes in emergency department visits based on medical urgency. They published their findings in the JAMA Network Open.

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Children living in poverty miss out on caregiving activities critical to development

Researchers from the Rural and Minority Health Research Center and the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality have completed a nationwide study examining the relationship between income levels and interactive caregiving for young children. 

John Brooks

Researchers use big data approach to estimate healthcare effectiveness, which can aid in developing personalized treatment plans

Members of the CERortho have completed a study where they assessed the ability of machine learning approaches to find patient-specific evidence of the effectiveness of early surgery as a treatment for shoulder fracture injuries.

Chen Liang

Chen Liang awarded new grant to better understand COVID-19 – HIV coinfection through data mining and artificial intelligence

The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases has awarded more than $400K to Chen Liang to curate a knowledge base for individuals with coinfection of HIV and SARS-CoV-2 by data mining a nationwide electronic health records repository. 

Christina Andrews

Christina Andrews serves as subject matter expert for new report on opioid settlement funds

The SC Institute for Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services enlisted input from health services policy and management associate professor and addiction expert Christina Andrews regarding approved uses for investing the funds. 

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