Department of Health Policy and Management
Compassionate leaders for complex challenges

The Gillings School’s top-ranked Department of Health Policy and Management trains the next generation of leaders in every aspect of management, policy development and research to address the complex challenges of improving population health locally, nationally and globally. We’re working to ensure that all people – irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, geography, religion or economics – have access to high quality, affordable health care.

For information about returning to campus this fall, please visit the UNC Gillings Return to Campus Roadmap page.

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

HPM alumnus Edgar Villanueva, MHA, started the Decolonizing Wealth Project (DWP) to help funders give more equitably. The DWP’s Liberated Capital fund recently launched the Native American Community Response Fund, directing $2 million to help Native American communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which affects them disproportionately.

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.

New directors to take over HPM Masters' Programs

The Department of Health Policy and Management is pleased to announce the appointment of two new program directors, Karen Volmar, JD and Ciara Zachary, PhD

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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