Equity and Inclusion

At the Gillings School, diversity and inclusion mean we welcome, value and learn from individual differences and perspectives. By cultivating inclusion within the School, we better prepare our students, faculty and staff for the diverse world that awaits them. A globally-interconnected world needs culturally competent people to serve as its leaders. Equity and inclusion are assets that contribute to our excellence.

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Our Mission

The Department of Health Policy and Management’s mission is to improve health for all by creating and translating knowledge into policy and practice and educating current and future health leaders, managers, policymakers, practitioners and researchers. Our vision encompasses high quality, accessible and affordable health systems that achieve optimal population health in North Carolina, across the United States and around the world. Our values include:

  • Ethical standards. We adhere to high standards of personal and professional integrity and support those standards in our faculty, staff, students and alumni.
  • Free intellectual exchange. We value free intellectual exchange, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the pursuit of useful knowledge advancement, teaching and service. We believe that continued improvement and success depend on lifetime learning and we support this among our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  • Accountability. We pride ourselves in maintaining a student-centered environment through accessible faculty and staff. We foster an environment in which faculty can excel in terms of their research, teaching, and service. We use self-assessment and actively solicit and incorporate stakeholder input, such as online students, assessments, and alumni and employee surveys, throughout our continuous improvement efforts. We recognize that the health of the public and social justice are intertwined; as public health professionals we are accountable to communities and adhere to principles of equity.
  • Inclusivity. We strive to ensure that a diverse staff, faculty, and student body feel fully welcome here both because we care about each other as human beings and because we want our department and society to benefit from everyone’s talents.
  • Balance and Growth. We recognize personal and professional growth are important for well rounded individuals, and strive to help our faculty, staff and students achieve both. We recognize that our faculty, staff and students play multiple roles, and we strive to help them achieve a reasonable balance between their personal and professional lives.
  • Focus on Results. We are passionate about improving access to high quality, affordable health services.

Our History

The Department of Health Policy Management was one of the four departments in existence when the school was founded in 1940.

Sagar Jain

Sagar Jain

The department had to adjust quickly to enormous changes in the health care system during the 1960s, which led to changes in the curriculum as well as in department name. The name changed to the Department of Health Administration in 1968, a year after Morris Schaefer was appointed head of the department. Then in 1981, the name was changed again to the Department of Health Policy and Administration as a result of Sagar Jain, PhD, who became the chair of the department in 1971.

Today, the Department of Health Policy Management trains future leaders in management, policy making and research to ensure that all people have access to high-quality healthcare services.

Contact Information

The Department of Healthy Policy and Management is located on the first floor of McGavran-Greenberg Hall.

The Department of Healthy Policy and Management is located on the first floor of McGavran-Greenberg Hall.

Office of Student Affairs
Contact your academic coordinator.

Assistant to Chair
Stephanie Forman: sforman1@email.unc.edu

(919) 966-7350

Mailing Address
Department of Health Policy and Management
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
135 Dauer Drive
1101 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, CB #7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411