Health Policy and Management Major, B.S.P.H.

Department of Health Policy and Management

Rosenau Hall, CB# 7411

(919) 966-4609

Morris Weinberger, Chair

Kristin Reiter, Associate Chair

Rebecca Slifkin, Associate Chair

Karl Umble, Program Director

Jackie Siler, Student Services/Assistant Registrar

The mission of the B.S.P.H. program in health policy and management is to develop responsible graduates who have the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to pursue successful careers in health services or systems in the United States and abroad.

The curriculum is designed to help students develop the following competencies: health industry knowledge; communication and teamwork skills; research, analysis, and problem-solving skills; business skills, including financial management, human resources management, information management, strategic planning and marketing, organizational understanding, and leadership; health law and ethics, economics, and policy; and professionalism.

Admission to the program is required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the health  policy  and  management program (B.S.P.H), students should be able to:  

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health industry, including current policies and trends in healthcare, public health, and health policies
  • Apply effective communication, teamwork, and consulting skills; create effective products for organizations
  • Demonstrate and apply research, analysis, and problem-solving skills to public health problems
  • Demonstrate and apply business skills in financial management, information management, and health economics to public health problems
  • Demonstrate and apply business skills in strategic planning and marketing to public health problems
  • Demonstrate and apply business skills in leadership, management, and organizational understanding to public health problems
  • Demonstrate skill in the core public health domains: statistics, epidemiology, environmental health, and social and behavioral science
  • Apply skills in professionalism: Develop effective working relationships, effective business communication, job search, interviewing, resume development, and other related skills


In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC–Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC–Chapel Hill.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
Public Health Core Courses: 1
BIOS 600Principles of Statistical Inference3
ENVR 600Environmental Health3
EPID 600Principles of Epidemiology3
HBEH 600Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
Other Core Courses: 1
HPM 310Introduction to Law and Ethics in Health Management3
HPM 315Health Economics3
HPM 320Introduction to Strategic Planning and Marketing3
HPM 330Introduction to Health Organization Leadership, Management, and Behavior3
HPM 340Foundations of Health Care Financial Management3
HPM 341Information Systems, Technology, and Tools3
HPM 350Introduction to Health Services Systems3
HPM 351Policy Issues in Health Services Delivery3
HPM 352Introduction to Health Services Systems II3
HPM 393Field Training in Health Policy and Management (requires a $400.00 field training fee)2
HPM 697B.S.P.H. Capstone3
Six credit hours outside the Department of Health Policy and Management6
Additional Requirements 2
BIOL 101
Principles of Biology
and Introductory Biology Laboratory H
ECON 101Introduction to Economics H3
STOR 155Introduction to Data Models and Inference3
or ECON 400 Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics
One of the following financial or managerial accounting courses:3-4
Management Accounting
Financial Accounting CS
Management Accounting SS
Management Accounting CS
Financial Accounting and Analysis
One of the following courses (or credit by examination):3
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
Calculus of Functions of One Variable I
Calculus of Functions of One Variable II
Calculus of Functions of Several Variables H
Decision Models for Business
Decision Models for Business and Economics
Total Hours66-67

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.


Requires a grade of C (not C-) or better


prerequisites for admission to the B.S.P.H. program in health policy and management

Special Opportunities in Health Policy and Management

Honors in Health Policy and Management

Students who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to participate in the two-semester honors research program in their senior year. HPM 691H is offered as a seminar in the fall semester. HPM 692H is offered as a seminar in the spring semester. Students defend their proposals in the fall and their theses in the spring.

School and Departmental Involvement

Opportunities exist for involvement in student organizations such as the Healthcare Executives Student Association, the Healthcare Improvement Group, the Student Global Health Committee, GlobeMed, AcademyHealth, the Minority Student Caucus, the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and the school’s student government. In addition, students have volunteered to help with the management of the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), a student-run health care clinic. Finally, students are invited to join the department’s B.S.P.H. Student Board. This organization helps plan and coordinate professional development and social events and promotes the program across campus.

Experiential Education

Each student in the program is required to complete a 10-week (400-hour minimum) internship during the summer between the junior and senior years. In addition, some health policy and management courses provide the opportunity for students to work on service-learning and consulting projects with health organizations in the community.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad prior to entering the program in the junior year. While in the program, students may complete their 10-week (400-hour minimum) internship in a country other than the United States.

Undergraduate Awards

The department presents awards for undergraduate students at an annual Awards Day in late spring.

Undergraduate Research

Students with research interests may seek opportunities to work with faculty members on research projects. In addition, those who meet eligibility requirements may pursue honors thesis research.