USC Student Health Council

Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program Information

Master of Health Administration Program

Our healthcare system is undergoing profound change unlike any experienced before. Access, quality, and cost of healthcare are critical issues that affect all citizens, residents, and communities.

Healthcare and the healthcare industry – which account for more than 17 percent of the entire U.S. economy – involve complex and fast-moving developments in technology, economics, ethics, finance, policy, and management. Visionary and effective leadership is needed to improve management structures in a highly competitive, market-driven environment.

Tomorrow’s healthcare leaders must address such pressing issues as:

  • How will we control healthcare costs as baby boomers become senior citizens and medical technology continues to advance?
  • How will healthcare dollars be allocated across generations?
  • How can we measure quality of care?
  • How can we assure that all U.S. residents have access to healthcare?

As the delivery system changes, career opportunities abound. The field needs leaders and managers – in hospitals, health plans, medical practices, health-related enterprises, and community health organizations – who have the passion, knowledge, and skills to shape the future of healthcare.

What makes the MHA program so unique?

The USC Master of Health Administration (MHA) program has been training leaders in health management and policy for more than 35 years. Features of the USC MHA include:

    • A focused health management and policy degree that offers students breadth and depth in areas of specialization. Within the MHA curriculum, students have the opportunity to develop expertise in two of the following areas of specialization:
      • Healthcare Operations and Management
      • Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
      • Health Policy
      • Health Care Finance
      • Quality of Care
      • Health Information Technology
    • Study with the MHA faculty who are making substantial contributions to both research and the profession of health management and policy. The full-time faculty is complemented with strong adjunct faculty who are active practitioners in the greater professional community and who assure that graduates have skills that will contribute to important healthcare solutions.
    • Strong ties to the healthcare community – in Los Angeles, California, the United States, and the world
      • Health Advisory Board: comprised of highly placed health care professionals who care about students and their careers
      • 16,000 USC Price alumni
    • Access to numerous employment opportunities
      • 225 hospitals and numerous clinics that support the 20 million people living in Southern California
      • 111 health insurance plans doing business in California
      • 900 advanced medical technology companies in Southern California
    • 1000 hour administrative residency – so that you are prepared to assume a leadership position in healthcare when you graduate

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