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
Kerry Kilpatrick, PhD, who was our Department Chair from 1987-2003, passed away Wednesday, February 2. A visionary leader, he was also was an incredible instructor, advisor and mentor, a brilliant scholar and researcher, and a loving husband, father and grandfather. Read more about Dr. Kilpatrick’s life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Melton named HPM’s Distinguished Alumna for 2022
Jessica Melton, MHA ’07 and president and COO of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD is HPM’s Distinguished Alumna for 2022! See her message to the Gillings community.
Coronavirus Affects Everyone: The Department of Health Policy and Management Responds
A weak rural healthcare system means China’s villages could be hit hard by omicron.
Meeting people where they are
MHA student Jonathan Barrett (third from right in photo), who is a supervisor with UNC Health's mobile vaccination unit, works to bring Covid-19 vaccines to underserved communities. WRAL TV highlights his work.
Message from the Chair
"As one of the top-ranked Departments of Health Policy and Management in the nation, we are dedicated to making an impact locally and globally through our leadership, research, scholarship, service and diversity."Read more from Dr. Weinberger.