USC Price School of Public Policy

Master of Health Administration

The U.S. and California healthcare systems evolve constantly to better meet the needs of society, even when faced with significant budget constraints. Our program prepares healthcare administrators to lead their organizations by adopting innovative solutions based on evidence.

NicholProfessor Mike Nichol
Ph.D., Director, Graduate Programs in Health

Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program

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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
  • MHA faculty who are renowned experts in their field
  • Strong ties to the healthcare community
  • Access to numerous employment opportunities
  • 1,000-hour administrative residency
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)

Learn what makes the MHA program unique