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Health Services Policy and Management, M.P.H.

Arnold School of Public Health

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.

The Master of Public Health is for students who want to apply their strong quantitative skills toward improving health care systems and who are ready to progress to leadership positions in the health sector. An array of career opportunities await those wanting a more direct and immediate impact in their community or even the world.

Program Highlights

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    Practice Experience

    Gain practical experience in your final grant-proposal capstone project and presentation to complete the degree.

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    Small Classes

    Prepare to be a leader within an agency or organization among a small cohort of peers who share your goals.

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    Great Careers

    Study in a program that boasts outstanding graduation and job placement rates.

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    Engaged Faculty

    Learn from engaged professors along with peer mentors who foster an engaging, hands-on learning environment.

What You’ll Study

The program's core courses cover quantitative and qualitative methods for public health practices, systems, policy, leadership and planning. Additional courses focused on management and administration prepare graduates for opportunities in hospitals, clinics, state and federal agencies, and hospital or medical associations.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Leadership

    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Public Speaking

    Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression


    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

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Potential Careers

  • Program Coordinator
  • Program Director
  • Policy Advisor
  • Research Associate
  • Health Promotion Coordinator
  • Development Coordinator

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Director of Operations
  • Senior Consultant
  • Executive Director
  • Project Manager

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $109,192

Workplace Settings

  • Public Health
  • Medical
  • Insurance
  • State Government
  • Federal Government
  • Nonprofits

Employers of Alumni

  • Prisma Health
  • Lexington Medical Center
  • Atrium Health
  • Bon Secours
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

Even though we’re all interested in generally improving population health, there’s such rich diversity of thought and perspectives, from humanities to STEM, medicine to law, local and global interests. No matter where someone is coming from, there’s a contribution to be made in public health.

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Is USC Right For You?

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