USC Price School of Public Policy

MHA Residency

The residency component was a determining factor. Experiencing different departments in a hospital and working on projects that affect patients really set the USC Price program apart from all others.

Pernell Jones Pernell Jones, MHA ’10
Past President, USC Student Health Council

MHA Residency

All MHA students participate in the residency program in order to put classroom theories into practice and to ensure their skills are sufficient to secure employment after graduation. Working under the direction of a senior level manager, students:

  • gain a global understanding of the healthcare industry, its different sectors and the manner in which they affect and depend on one another
  • explore the organizational structure, technology, personnel and tasks employed in the delivery of healthcare services as they apply to the sponsoring organization
  • integrate administrative and academic theories into the practice of healthcare administration by applying these theories and relating them to key operational issues
  • enhance administrative and managerial skills under the direction of a knowledgeable preceptor in an environment that promotes learning
  • develop a practical understanding of the dynamics of the work environment

The residency program offers three different options for MHA students:

  • students without professional experience in health administration take the Leadership Track Residency which consists of 1,000 hours of work at a healthcare facility with a senior healthcare manager
  • students with professional experience in health administration can negotiate for a Career Enhancement 500-hour residency that emphasizes specific projects and other career enhancement activities

Examples of organizations at which USC MHA students have completed their residency requirement include:

  • Anaheim Memorial Hospital
  • The Camden Group
  • Cap Gemini Ernst & Young
  • Century City Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Foundation, Los Angeles
  • Cedars Sinai Health System
  • Facey Medical Group
  • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  • HealthCare Partners, Ltd.
  • HealthNet
  • Healthinsurance.com
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Martin Luther King Jr./ Drew Medical Center
  • LA Care Health Plan
  • LA County Department of Health Services
  • Little Company of Mary Health Services
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
  • Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
  • William M. Mercer
  • Providence Health System
  • RAND Corporation
  • Riverside Community Hospital
  • Scripps Health System
  • Tenet California Health Systems
  • Universal Care
  • USC University Hospital
  • USC/Norris Cancer Hospital
  • VA Greater Los Angeles Health System
  • West Hills Hospital & Medical Center