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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

Valerie Yelverton

Recent graduate continues HIV care research as T32 postdoctoral scholar

Ph.D. in health services policy and management graduate Valerie Yelverton has secured a T32 award to support her work as a postdoctoral scholar at Duke University School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases with the Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in AIDS.

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Nicole Hair to study link between childhood measles exposure and later-life cognition

Health services policy and management assistant professor Nicole Hair will lead a study to examine the cognitive function of older adults who were exposed to measles during childhood. The two projects are funded by the National Institute on Aging.

health policy winners

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.

Elizabeth Crouch

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.

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Low-income communities face dual barriers to maternity care access

Research led by Peiyin Hung has dug deeper into the challenges surrounding maternity care access that the health services policy and management assistant professor has been unveiling through her recent research. 


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.

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