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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


States lean on federal support to fight opioid epidemic, cutting state funding after Medicaid expansion

Individual state funding for substance use disorder declined by an average of $10 million per year following Medicaid expansion, according to new research led by HSPM associate professor Christina Andrews. 

Jan Ostermann

New study uses technology to protect children from preventable infections

Jan Ostermann is leading a new project to increase vaccination uptake among children in rural and underserved areas. He will use a $3 million NIH grant to implement a community-based digital intervention in Tanzania that could be applied in settings around the world.

Dantz Woodberry

Staff Spotlight: Dantz Woodberry

As business manager for health services policy and management, she manages the department budget, processes payroll/human resources actions, plans special events and supports chair Brad Wright.

Peiyin Hung

Birth & Beyond

USC details efforts by several university researchers working to improve maternal and child health, including Peiyin Hung's efforts to address limited access to maternal care in rural areas. 

Yi-wen Shih

Physician completes Ph.D., shifts to career as health services researcher to improve health for all

Yi-wen Shih's research examines mental health, health disparities and substance use (particularly opioids). She advocates for nonpharmacologic treatment of chronic noncancer pain to improve health outcomes/pain management and mitigate the opioid crisis.

Elizabeth Crouch

Elizabeth Crouch wins national award for contributions to rural health

The health services policy and management (HSPM) associate professor and Rural and Minority Health Research Center director was recognized with one of the National Rural Health Association's top honors: the 2023 Outstanding Researcher Award.

Hannah Price

Future hospital administrator focuses on veterans

Hannah Price spent the final semester of her MPH program interning with the Dorn VA Medical Center. With veterans/active military in her family (including her dad and grandfathers) and circle of friends, she has always been passionate about this population.

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