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).
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
Graduate School selects three Arnold School doctoral students to receive university-level
Maggie Carson (Environmental Health Sciences) won the Dean's Award for Excellence
in Leadership, Valeri Yelverton (Health Services Policy and Management) won the Outstanding
Research Award, and Rajat Das Guptas (Epidemiology) won the George M. Reeves Fellowship.
May graduate lands project manager role with healthcare-focused technology organization
Chantal LaFlamme is particularly interested in helping the company use its software
to improve workflow, patient safety and quality of care as well as identify health
issues and address health disparities. Long term, she would like to improve the accessibility/delivery
of the U.S. healthcare system.
Pandemic presents opportunity for optometrist to pursue career in public health
Jim Matthews' graduation with a Master of Public Health degree this May is 46 years
in the making. In fact, his new venture into health policy is not only a second career
for the optometrist, it is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
Alumna leads state, nation in efforts to combat substance use disorders
As director of the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services,
alumna Sara Goldsby (MPH in HSPM & MSW, 2015) and her team team fight the opioid epidemic
in three main ways: prevention, treatment and recovery.
2021-2022 SPARC Graduate Research Grants awarded to 9 Arnold School graduate students
Graduate students from across the Arnold School have earned 2021-2022 SPARC Graduate
Research Grants from the UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research to fund individual
Arnold School alumnus Graham Adams awarded Order of the Palmetto
Graham Adams, a 2000 graduate of the MPH and Ph.D. in Health Services Policy and Management
programs and CEO for the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, has been recognized
with the state's highest civilian honor.