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
Research center combats spread of HIV, STIs in rural communities
USC features the Rural and Minority Health Research Center's efforts to understand
and address disparities in rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV in rural
vs urban areas in South Carolina.
New research ties long, severe COVID to economic hardship for U.S. families
A study led by HSPM assistant professor Nicole Hair has revealed that U.S. families
whose members experienced persistent COVID-19 symptoms and, to a lesser extent, severe
COVID-19 illness, were more likely to encounter economic hardship.
Master of public health student screens film of nonprofit she founded at APHA annual
MCH Certificate/MPH student Tanya Ambrose is already a public health professional.
The outreach specialist for Prisma Health Midlands Healthy Start founded Scrub Life
Cares in 2020 to provides menstrual products to support health hygiene.
Carolina Band drum major awarded scholarship to study health policy at USC’s Joseph
F. Rice School of Law
Meredith Rhodes is now in her final semester as a public health major. Not only has
she maintained a 4.0 GPA, but she’s already been selected as a Carolina Law Research
Scholar to attend the Joseph F. Rice School of Law.
Some states, plans limit access to opioid use disorder treatment prescription through
prior authorization practices
Published in the January issue of Health Affairs, a study led by HSPM associate professor
Christina Andrews found that 11 states required prior authorization across all plans,
and 13 states required no authorization.
Undergraduate students win Tulane Health Policy Case Competition
Public health students Anusha Ghosh and Muskaan Makkar and finance major Hima Vadlamani
are the 2023 winners of the nationwide Tulane Health Policy Case Competition, which
invited solutions to New Orleans’ homelessness crisis.
Public health professor recognized as top national rural health researcher
USC features health services policy and management associate professor and Rural and
Minority Health Research Center director Elizabeth Crouch.