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.

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

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

New research published by JAMA Network Open shows how non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) like mask wearing and physical distancing can help prevent spikes in COVID-19 cases as populations continue to get vaccinated. This study focuses on the state of North Carolina. Similar modeling studies have been used in different states and serve as guidance to leaders as they make decisions around relaxing restrictions and safety protocols. The research was led by Mehul Patel, PhD, clinical and population health researcher in the department of Emergency Medicine at UNC’s School of Medicine, along with co-authors HPM Associate Professor Kristen Hassmiller Lich and HPM doctoral student Karl Johnson.

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.

Department Spotlight

We have over 400 students enrolled in certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs. Our full-time faculty members are experts in 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 care that achieves 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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