Compassionate leaders for complex challenges

The Gillings School's top-ranked Department of Health Policy and Management trains the next generation of leaders in management, policy making and research to address the complex challenges of health care delivery and produce cutting-edge research. We prepare our students to improve population health both domestically and globally. We are committed to ensuring that all people — irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, geographic origin, religion or economic resources — have access to high-quality health care services.

Coronavirus Affects Everyone: The Department of Health Policy and Management Responds

Alex Gertner – who is a doctoral student in health policy and management at the Gillings School, as well as a student at the UNC School of Medicine – is working alongside fellow students and experts at Triangle universities to address the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in North Carolina.

Gertner and his classmates saw the impact COVID-19 had on states around the country and anticipated that it would reach their home state as well. The team first created PPE prototypes with materials from local stores like Home Depot and Jo-Ann Fabric before being connected with the BeAM makerspaces on UNC’s campus. There, they worked with experts in engineering and design from UNC, Duke and NC State to develop a face shield that could be mass-produced quickly and efficiently by BeAm facilities.

An illustration from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals the basic form of the virus blamed for the outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

Message from the Chair

We have nearly 450 students enrolled in certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs. Our full-time faculty members are experts in finance, economics, sociology, decision science, informatics, management and health policy. Additionally, more than 130 adjunct faculty members, with wide-ranging practice experience, contribute to teaching and learning.

Our Mission

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 and Values

High quality, accessible and affordable health systems that achieve optimal population health in North Carolina, across the United States and around the world.

Our Research Strengths

  • Cancer care
  • Rural health
  • Mental health
  • Comparative effectiveness
  • Financial management and performance
  • Health outcomes
  • Organization and implementation science
  • Quality of and access to care

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