Health Policy and Management Events
- Department of Health Policy and Management Executive Master's Program 50th Anniversary October 25 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
- Gillings School Homecoming Brunch October 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The mission of the PhD Program in Health Policy and Management is to provide students with the skills to conduct innovative health services/health policy research that can be used to foster the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high quality health care; increase efficiency and improve patient safety. Housed in the top rated Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, we offer a curriculum that provides students with the competencies, academic foundation, and research experience to become independent and creative health services/health policy researchers.
HPM PhD graduate and Pitt assistant professor of dental medicine Jackie Burgette (right in photo) and colleague Kristin Ray have been working to convince organizers of academic conferences to have child care available for those who need it. Read more about the 'baby penalty' and how they are fighting it.
HPM PhD student Jason Rotter and associate professor Stephanie Wheeler have co-authored a new article in the Journal of Oncology Practice about financial toxicity among cancer patients. Read more about the research here.
There are many reasons to attend UNC, including our student-centered culture; emphasis on professional development; outstanding and engaged faculty; and our culture of collaboration. It is also a great place to live. Finally, our students get top jobs in academic settings, research organizations and government agencies after graduation.
|Faculty Advisors, HPM PhD Program|
|Ethan Basch||Sandra Greene||Chris Shea|
|Antonia Bennett||(George) Mark Holmes||Paula Song|
|Sarah Birken||Jessica Lee||Sally Stearns|
|Alyssa Mansfield Damon||Kristen Hassmiller Lich||Sean Sylvia|
|Peggye Dilworth-Anderson||Jonathan Oberlander||Justin Trogdon|
|Marisa Domino||George Pink||Morris Weinberger|
|Leah Frerichs||Kristin Reiter||Stephanie Wheeler|
|Bruce Fried||Cleo Samuel|
Culture of collaboration: We have wonderful collegial relationships throughout the area. At UNC, these include:
We also have strong relationships with organizations external to UNC, including:
Non-academic organizations, including:
Great place to live: The Research Triangle area is one of the most desirable places in the country to live. Chapel Hill has been named one of the best small towns and cities in the US and one of the best cities for college basketball fans Durham, which borders Chapel Hill was rated by The New York Times as one of the top 41 places in the world to visit. We are also within easy driving distance of the beach or mountains. With two major colleges (UNC and Duke), there are many inexpensive things to do. For example:
Our graduates do extremely well on the job market: For students who have graduated since 2003, we post their first and current positions, as well as dissertation titles so you can learn about the research our students conduct.
The PhD program is designed to provide students with the competencies, academic foundation, and research experience to become independent and creative health services/health policy researchers (see Guidelines and Procedures manual). The program is designed to be completed in four years. During the first two years, students take required courses in health services research, research design, quantitative and qualitative methods, and health policy (see typical course schedule).
In addition, students take courses that allow them to develop expertise in a minor area. Minors include Decision Sciences and Outcomes Research, Economics, Financial Management, Health Politics and Policy, Quality and Access, and Organization and Implementation Science. Students may take courses at Duke University or North Carolina State University at no additional cost. Students must pass written comprehensive examinations after completing course work, then present and defend a dissertation proposal and the final dissertation based on original research. Some helpful information follows:
The Guidelines and Procedures manual contains many of the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of the PhD program.
|Typical course schedule|
|Fall, Year 1||Spring, Year 1||Fall, Year 2||Spring, Year 2||Fall, Year 3|
|HPM 880||HPM 881||HPM 882||HPM 883||HPM 994|
|HPM 884||HPM 885||HPM 886||HPM 874|
|HPM 873||HPM 873||HPM 874||Minor|
All students must select a minor area that may be either disciplinary or interdisciplinary. They must take at least 15 credit hours in their minor area (typically five 3-credit courses). Students must also take one (or more) 3-hour course in health policy . Current minors are Decision Sciences and Outcomes Research, Economics, Financial Management, Health Politics and Policy, Quality and Access, and Organization and Implementation Science.
The minor in Decision Sciences and Outcomes Research is an interdisciplinary program that prepares PhD students to focus on (1) methods for analyzing potential benefits/harms and costs of health technologies and interventions and (2) how to measure, analyze, and apply patient-reported outcomes to important health conditions.
All minor students are required to take HPM 772 (Techniques for the Economic Evaluation of Healthcare); and HPM 794 (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement and Application in Healthcare Research and Practice). Additional required courses will depend upon whether students choose the modeling or outcomes research emphasis for a total of 15 credit hours; these courses will be selected in consultation with the student’s minor advisor.
Students without prior spreadsheet modeling experience are required to take HPM 770 (Introduction to Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Analysis Tools for Improving Health Care Management and Policy Decision Making) as a pre-requisite, which does not count toward the 15 total credit hours.
|Faculty Advisors, Decision Sciences and Outcomes Research|
|Stephanie Wheeler*||Alyssa Mansfield Damon||Sally Stearns|
|Ethan Basch||Leah Frerichs||Justin Trogdon|
|Antonia Bennett||Kristen Hassmiller Lich||*denotes lead contact for this minor|
Students in the economics track have the flexibility to take field courses in a number of areas of microeconomics for a total of 15 units.
Students are required to take core courses either from the Department of Economics (Econ 700 and 710) or the Department of Public Policy (PLCY 700, 788, and 789). Health Economics (Econ 850) is also a required course. For the remaining electives, students can chose from courses at UNC or Duke in advanced microeconomics, labor economics, public finance, economics and population, econometrics, or other advanced topics in microeconomics.
In addition, all health economics students are expected to attend the Triangle Health Economics Workshop. Students may receive one unit of credit for participating in the Triangle Health Economics seminars each semester by enrolling in HPM815, for up to 3 units of credit towards the minor.
|Faculty Advisors, Economics|
|Justin Trogdon*||(George) Mark Holmes||Sean Sylvia|
|Marisa Domino||Sally Stearns||*denotes lead contact for this minor
The financial management minor has three required courses and two electives. Required courses include PLCY 700 Math Camp (3 hours); PLCY 788 Advanced Economic Analysis for Public Policy I (3 hours); and BUSI 881 Theory of Financial Management II (3 hours).
In addition, students must select two or more accounting and/or finance courses offered by the Kenan-Flagler School of Business or the Fuqua School of Business at Duke. In order to assure adequate preparation for these courses, students admitted to the healthcare financial management minor usually have completed courses in finance, microeconomics, and calculus.
|Faculty Advisors, Financial Management|
|George Pink*||Kristin Reiter||Paula Song|
|*denotes lead contact for this minor|
The health politics and policy minor introduces students to theories and practices of policymaking, policy analysis, and political science, with the goal of understanding how and why governments and private institutions make and change health policy.
Students explore a wide range of issues in health politics and policy, including health care reform, Medicare and Medicaid, program evaluation, and developments in private insurance.
Students may also concentrate their coursework on public opinion, agenda setting, political institutions, interest groups or other aspects of political science relevant to health policy.
Students take two required classes, HPM 757 (Health Reform: Political Dynamics and Policy Dilemmas) and HPM 758 (Underserved Population and Health Reform). Students take additional courses from other departments (including political science and public policy) and health policy and management to complete the minor requirements.
|Faculty Advisors, Health Politics and Policy|
|(George) Mark Holmes*||Jonathan Oberlander||*denotes lead contact for this minor|
Access to, and the quality of, health care in the United States are often the focus of important health policy discussions at the local, state, and national levels.
The minor in Quality and Access is an interdisciplinary program that prepares PhD students to obtain the substantive, methodological and statistical skills required to conduct research in this area. HPM 762 (Quality of Care) is required of all students who minor in quality and access.
In addition, students must take courses from at least three departments (including Health Policy and Management).
|Faculty Advisors, Quality and Access|
|Peggye Dilworth-Anderson*||Sandra Greene||Cleo Samuel|
|Ethan Basch||(George) Mark Holmes||Paula Song|
|Antonia Bennett||George Pink||Morris Weinberger|
|Bruce Fried||Kristin Reiter||Stephanie Wheeler|
|*denotes lead contact for this minor.|
Implementation science is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of study, with multiple federal agencies and Institutes within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) assigning scientific priority and research funding to this area of research.
The NIH defines implementation science as “the use of strategies to adopt and integrate evidence-based health interventions and change practice patterns in specific settings.” Organization science has much to contribute to implementation science since the implementation of evidence-based health interventions typically occurs in organizational settings and efforts to change practice patterns typically focus on organizational members.
The Organization and Implementation Science minor equips doctoral students with the knowledge and skills to conduct implementation research, while preserving their marketability for faculty positions in health care organization and management.
|Faculty Advisors, Organization and Implementation Science|
|Chris Shea*||Leah Frerichs||Stephanie Wheeler|
|Ethan Basch||Bruce Fried||*denotes lead contact for this minor|
|Sarah Birken||Angela Stover|
Students in this minor are required to take:
Students also must take at least three other minor courses approved by their advisor, such as:
There are three prerequisites for our PhD students, which can be taken preferably during the first year of the program: HPM 754 (Health Care in the United States); EPID 600 (Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health) or EPID 710 (Foundations of Epidemiology); SPHG 600 (Introduction to Public Health Concepts). Many students, especially those with master’s degrees in public health or a related field, may have taken these courses (or their equivalents) at the graduate level prior to matriculation into our PhD program.
Students who wish to be exempted from any prerequisite must receive permission from the instructor and complete an exemption application form. A core competency of the PhD Program is to prepare students to be effective classroom teachers. To fulfill this competency, students must complete HPM 871 and be a paid teaching assistant (TA) at some point during their training. HPM 871 is a 1-credit hour seminar that PhD students take during their first semester as a TA. The seminar is designed to: (1) facilitate the development of a contract identifying mutual expectations for the TA and course instructor; (2) help prepare students to develop and deliver a lecture (or equivalent activity) in the course for which they are a TA; (3) identify and resolve common TA issues using a key incidents/discussion approach; and (4) identify resources on campus (e.g., Center for Faculty Excellence) or the Internet to support students.
Students who wish to teach their own course may be encouraged by their advisor to take EDUC 757, which is designed specifically to provide graduate students with the skills to plan all aspects of a course of their choosing.
UNC offers an MSPH-to-PhD track within the PhD Program. The MSPH-to PhD option complements our existing PhD program by allowing us to admit students with great potential for doctoral studies, but who lack either a Master’s degree or work experience. This program adds an additional year of coursework on to the PhD curriculum, but students receive both an MSPH and a PhD upon completion of the program.
Doctoral students receive funding from a variety of sources. HPM provides PhD students financial support (including stipend, tuition, and health insurance) for the first two years of study through department research and teaching assistantships, federal traineeships, and Graduate School awards. After their first two years, our students have been extremely successful in obtaining funding through:
We only accept online applications. Information about the application process, including deadlines, can be found here.