Health Policy and Management Snapshot

Hello, prospective students! Welcome to our brief overview of Health Policy and Management at  UNC Gillings.

Jim Porto, PhD, teaches his Health Policy and Management  class using a team-based learning approach.

Jim Porto, PhD, teaches his Health Policy and Management class using a team-based learning approach.

 

We are a nationally top-ranked department within a nationally top-ranked school of public health and university. In HPM at Gillings we:

  • Train the next generation of leaders in management, policy making, and research to address the complex challenges of healthcare delivery. 
  • Produce cutting-edge research to help improve health-related quality of life domestically and globally.

We are committed to ensuring that all people have access to high-quality healthcare resources.

Interested in finding out more? Visit our full department website

 

By the numbers

Faculty:

  • 41 Full-time
  • 36 Adjunct

Students:

  • 82 BSPH
  • 47 MSPH
  • 45 MPH
  • 165 MHA
  • 47 DrPH
  • 53 PhD
  • 7 Certificate
Our faculty

Our faculty conduct research and train students in:

  • Cancer care quality
  • Comparative effectiveness
  • Financial management and performance
  • Health Outcomes
  • Organization design and change
  • Quality of, and access to, care
  • and much more.

Discover more on ReachNC, a web portal with to-the-minute information about our faculty members’ grants, publications, research interests and  networks.

Contact us

For general questions regarding the department, degrees or admissions, contact:

Lynnette Jones, Student Services Manager

919-966-7391

ljones3@unc.edu

In Health Policy and Management at Gillings, we train the next generation of leaders to address the challenges of health care delivery we face today and in the future. 

Our array of programs – from a bachelor’s degree to residential and executive master’s degrees, to an executive doctoral leadership program, to a Ph.D. program and an online certificate – helps students meet their needs at all points in their careers.

My education in Health Policy and Administration has given me such an excellent foundation for achieving my goals.
Camille received national recognition for her social venture, Healthy Girls Save the World, a nonprofit that provides girls ages 8 to 15 with tools and knowledge to support healthy, well-rounded lifestyles.
As a student in HPM, Camille McGirt co-founded Healthy Girls Save the World
BSPH 2013, HPM

 

In North Carolina, across the U.S. and around the world.  Active studies, outreach efforts, and collaborations with senior health care leaders in all these locales give our students the chance to work with faculty and future colleagues to explore, and make a difference in:

  •  Health disparities: Investigate ways to address the causes of health disparities in the U.S. and internationally;  recommended breast cancer therapies among diverse populations as a way to help reduce disparities in cancer outcomes.
  •  Health reform: Understand the impact, and maximize the possibilities, of the Affordable Care Act on rural and urban health care systems in the U.S.
  •  Access to care: Develop, implement and evaluate strategies for improving access to health care for underserved populations.
  •  Healthcare quality and costs: Innovate ways to improve quality of care while also managing rising health care expenditures.
  •  Global health: Understand how other countries deliver healthcare and what the U.S. can learn from their successes and failures.

All this and much more.

 

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RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS:

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Doctoral student Shellie Ellis received a 2013 North Carolina Impact Award for her research on the quality of prostate cancer care in NC. Death rates from prostate cancer for African American men in NC are two times higher than that of white men. Shellie’s findings indicated no racial differences in the quality of initial treatment, meaning that researchers can redirect scarce resources to other, more promising areas for reducing mortality and eliminating racial disparities in health.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH). Program aims to develop responsible graduates who have the necessary knowledge, skills, and values to pursue successful careers in health systems in the U.S. and abroad. Students are prepared for both entry-level positions and for advanced degree programs (e.g., graduate school, medical school, law school).

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA). This residential program features a curriculum that emphasizes systematic learning about health services and public health issues, strong preparation in the management disciplines, and  policy analysis, concepts, and techniques. Both classroom and experience-based learning are emphasized.

Master of Public Health (MPH). Focuses on developing competencies for students interested in pursuing careers in health care management or policy. Students acquire a comprehensive understanding of public health philosophy, methods and values, along with orientation to management and policy.

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH).  Prepares students for careers in health policy analysis, planning, development, evaluation and advocacy at local, state, federal and international levels as well as in the private sector. Students obtain a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, policy analysis, and analytic methods.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Combines rigorous training in research methodology with substantive knowledge to provide the academic foundation and research experience to become creative and independent researchers.

 

DUAL DEGREE RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS:

Dual Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration (MHA-MBA). Provides strong preparation in the management disciplines, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, and experiential elements, shaping leaders who have mastered functional knowledge and analytical skills.

Dual Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of City and Regional Planning (MHA-MCRP). Provides strong preparation in the management disciplines, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, and experiential elements, along with a sound base in planning theory and methods and a broad perspective on planning as a public activity under the overarching concept of sustainable development.

Coming to Carolina was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Dr. Parham Hopson was selected in 2012 as one of only four University distinguished alumni. She is associate administrator for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Administration's HIV/AIDS Bureau, where she manages the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
Deborah Parham Hopson
MS 1979; PhD 1990

Dual Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Science in Information Science (MHA-MSIS). Provides strong preparation in the management disciplines, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, and experiential elements, along with the ability to design, develop, and maintain information systems and networks, and provide leadership in the development of new technologies and new applications relating to the delivery of information to users.

Dual Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Science in Library Science (MHA-MSLS). Provides strong preparation in the management disciplines, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, and experiential elements, along with application of tools and technologies to information problems and collection, organization, storage, and retrieval of recorded knowledge.

Dual Master of Public Health and Juris Doctor (MPH-JD). Provides intensive and supervised program of coursework for those students interested in pursuing a specialized career in health law, or research related to medicine and health care.

Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of City and Regional Planning (MSPH-MCRP). Comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, policy analysis, and analytic methods, along with a combination of planning theory and methods, and substantive knowledge of planning, spatial development, and public policy.

Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of Business Administration (MSPH-MBA). Comprehensive understanding of health care system, policy analysis, and analytic methods to shape leaders who have mastered functional knowledge and analytical skills.

Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of Science in Information Science (MSPH-MSIS). Comprehensive understanding of the health care system, policy analysis, and analytic methods along with ability to design, develop and maintain information systems and networks and provide leadership in the development of new technologies and applications relating to the delivery of information to users.

Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of Science in Library Science (MSPH-MSLS). Comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, policy analysis, and analytic methods. Application of tools and technologies to information problems and collection, organization, storage, and retrieval of recorded knowledge.

ONLINE PROGRAMS:

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA). In this online MHA program, students gain a comprehensive understanding of public health philosophy, methods, and values and are provided with an orientation to management and policy-related careers in health services management. This program is designed to help students improve decision-making capabilities and leadership skills, especially for the delivery of health care services.

Master of Public Health (MPH).  In the online MPH program, students gain a comprehensive understanding of public health philosophy, methods, and values and are provided with an orientation to management and policy-related careers in health services management. The MPH program is aimed at working, mid-career professionals seeking executive positions in public health.

Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH). This online program is designed for working healthcare professionals in the U.S. or abroad with the potential and ambition to become senior leaders and who are committed to improving the public’s health.

Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management (CPDM). The CPDM certificate was developed to provide community leaders in public health, health services, emergency management, local and state government, the military and volunteers with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of management systems used to mitigate and prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters, including terrorism. Three courses will be offered to each cohort, covering the administrative structures of disaster management at the local, state and federal levels; the science of disasters; methods to plan for and to analyze disasters; and planning and implementation of disaster management programs. This online certificate is available to anyone.

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has opened up a world of opportunities for me. My degrees and experience are so valuable and much of the reason for my professional and personal fulfillment.
Lina Patel, administrative director of Hematology, Oncology and Transplant at Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago.
Lina Patel BSPH, 1996; MHA, 2003

Where will a degree in Health Policy and Management take you? 

Our alumni work in organizations that range from hospitals and health departments to corporations and clinics. They become leaders of academic departments and schools. And they’re in key policy positions at local, state, federal and global levels. Whether your passion is leading health reform for the White House, conducting leading-edge research that changes lives or becoming a partner in a venture company, HPM can help you get there. Our grads have meaningful careers that make a difference.

Alumni positions for our recent graduates include:

  • Vice President, American Cancer Society
  • Chief Medical Information Officer, Athens Regional Medical Center
  • Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Senior Program Manager, Blue Cross and Blue Sheild of North Carolina
  • Associate Clinical Trials Manager, Biogen Idec
  • Medical Director and VP of Medical Affairs, Complete Care Health Network
  • ASPH/Allen Rosenfield Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Consultant, Deloitte

Interested in finding out more about alumni careers? Check out more of our alumni profiles, an overview of recent job placements, plus the School’s careers pages.

Interested in finding out about our course offerings?

Faculty in health policy and management create a welcoming, interactive learning environment in twenty-first century teaching and research facilities. What’s more, we have plenty of quiet nooks and wired spaces to meet, collaborate, and take problem solving to the next level.

Take a look at our complete course catalog, plus syllabi, to find out more.

with Ian Merkel, Brett Bingham, Priyanka Bhojwani, and Jamaul Stephens

HPM 740 takes a break in the Carolina sunshine, but students continue discussing. Pictured here: Ian Merkel, Brett Bingham, Priyanka Bhojwani, and Jamaul Stephens.

 

Interested in finding out more? Visit our department website.