What makes us different?

We know there are many choices for students interested in health policy and management. Our top-ranked programs help students find the career paths that are right for them. Health Policy and Management at the Gilling School of Global Public Health attracts students who are passionate about improving health for all. We help them put that passion into practice. Our rigorous, applied training provides students with the quantitative, qualitative and technical skills they need to navigate uncertainty, analyze opportunities and innovate solutions, AND the people skills they need to lead and drive change. Our mentoring and career services help students discover their place in health policy and management. And our student organizations provide opportunities for professional development, networking and fun.

Our graduates engage in meaningful health-related careers shortly after graduation. They work in many different settings across the U.S. and globally including contract research organizations, non-profits, health systems, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, payer organizations, start-ups, government, universities, community-based organizations, philanthropy, civil society and think tanks. Our more than 4,500 alumni network is strong, and many of our alumni are actively engaged participants in the department providing guest lectures and career advice, teaching, partnering on research, serving as preceptors and meeting with students. Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health is not just a place you come to take classes – it is a platform and community upon which you build a life-long career.

What we offer

Our academic programs are designed to develop the health policy and management workforce across a continuum of settings and to meet the training needs of individuals at different life and career stages. We offer: doctoral-level training in health services and health policy research through our PhD and MSPH-to-PhD programs; doctoral-level training in public health leadership for mid- and senior-career public health professionals through our executive DrPH program; master’s level training in three areas: (1) health management/administration through our residential and executive MHA programs; (2) research methods and data analytics through our residential MSPH program; and (3) health policy through our practice-based, residential health policy concentration in the Gillings MPH program. We offer seven dual degrees at the master’s level including the MHA/MBA and MSPH/MBA with the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the MHA/MSIS and MSPH/MSIS and the MHA/MSLS and MSPH/MSLS with the School of Information and Library Science, and the MPH/JD with the School of Law. We offer undergraduate training through our BSPH health policy and management major. Finally, we offer two certificate programs in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management and Public Health Informatics.

Our faculty

Our world-class faculty have practice and disciplinary expertise in many different areas including decision science, health economics, health care finance, health information technology, health outcomes, human resources, health law, implementation science, leadership, marketing, operations research, health policy and politics, health care quality, research methods, statistics and econometrics, and strategy.
Our research touches many areas of health and health care, impacting policy and practice to change lives for the better. In all that we do, we value balance and growth, inclusivity, personal and professional integrity, free intellectual exchange, and accountability. We recognize that the health of the public and social justice are intertwined, and we adhere to principles of equity and are accountable to the communities we serve. Some of our research areas of excellence include aging services and supports, cancer care, global health, health delivery and payment, health equity and access, and rural health.
Our faculty are accessible, approachable, and collaborative people who bring a diversity of life experiences and perspectives to our work. We are passionate about working with students and helping to launch the next generation of health policy and management leaders.

Do You:

  • Want to conduct health services research with world-class faculty members working to improve health and health care locally, nationally, and globally?
  • Seek a career shaping policy, leading equitable organizations, or transforming health systems?
  • Want to collaborate with communities and across sectors to improve population health?
  • See yourself as part of a team that accelerates solutions to pressing needs?
  • Believe in the power of exceptional and compassionate leadership to drive change?
  • Have a passion for improving health for all?

There’s no better time than now to explore Health Policy and Management! I hope you will explore the rest of our departmental website for more detailed information on what we have to offer. And of course, if you need more information or have questions, we’re here to help.

Kristin L. Reiter, PhD
Humana Distinguished Professor and Chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management

BSPH, MSPH and Resident MHA:
Academic Coordinator: Yolonda N. Childs

Doctoral and Executive MHA:
Academic Coordinator: Kim Sieler

Assistant to Chair: Stephanie Forman
Looking for someone else?
MPH@UNC (MPH Online) Only:
Program Coordinator, John Sugg

Mailing Address
135 Dauer Drive
1101 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, CB #7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411

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