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 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.

Our Recent News

A new crisis of poor mental health is developing as public health workers endure extraordinary strain in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. HPM professor John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, and HPM adjunct professor Edward Baker, MD, MPH have published a new article in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice detailing the scope of this mounting crisis and the steps that public health leaders must take to respond. Read more here.

John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH

Research and Practice Updates

Tyler MaloneDoctoral student Tyler Malone was first author on "Decline in Inpatient Volume at Rural Hospitals," published in The Journal of Rural Health.

More Research and Practice Updates

  • Graduate Research Assistant Kathleen Knocke continues to work with maternity unit closures, Medicaid, and the N.C. office of rural health. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy was so impressed with her they recruited her for their office.
  • Graduate Research Assistant Julia Long presented her thesis to two different HRSA offices and published in Medical Care.
  • Doctoral student Hannah Friedman recently conducted a handful of interviews with rural nursing homes to learn how hurricanes affected their ability to care for their patients.
  • Doctoral student Tyler Malone and Associate Chair Kristin Reiter's work was quoted in the CMS proposed 2022 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS).

About our Department

We have over 400 students enrolled in certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition to our full-time faculty members, we have more than 130 adjunct faculty members with wide-ranging practice experience who contribute to teaching and learning.

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 and Values

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.

Equity and Inclusion

At the Gillings School, equity 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.

Inclusivity is one of five values that define the culture of the Department of Health Policy and Management.

The value of inclusivity promotes a diverse staff, faculty, and student body who feel fully welcome. It also promotes caring about each other as human beings and benefiting from everyone’s talents.

Statement about the Hannah-Jones Tenure Case (6/21/21)

The Department of Health Policy and Management supports the open letter sent to the Carolina Community by Dr. Mimi Chapman, Chair of the University Faculty regarding the tenure case of Ms. Nikole Hannah-Jones. We call upon the Board of Trustees to approve her tenure immediately. Failing to act threatens academic freedom, erodes trust, and undermines the work of the University. Continuing to delay the conferral of tenure is having a long-lasting, devastating effect on our reputation as an institution and our ability to recruit and retain BIPOC students, faculty and staff.

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

COVID-19 simulation shows importance of continued safety efforts during vaccine distribution.

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.
Takhona Hlatshwako

Our Students:
Hlatshwako named Rhodes Scholar

BSPH student Takhona Hlatshwako has been named a Rhodes Scholar to pursue a fully-funded postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford beginning next fall. The senior plans to pursue a master’s in international health and tropical medicine through the Oxford Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health. The course is a one-year interdisciplinary program that examines major health challenges of populations in low- and middle-income countries.

Message from the Chair

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