USC Price School of Public Policy

Melissa Lopez

MHA Faculty:

Melissa Lopez

Melissa Lopez is an adjunct professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She is a lecturer for the Master of Health Administration, and International Public Policy and Management programs.

Prior to teaching at USC, Professor Lopez was an assistant professor of Health Administration at Chapman University, and an assistant professor of Health Systems Management and Finance at the University of Connecticut. Currently, she works for the RAND Corporation as a health services researcher.

Some of her publications include, “The Effect of Medicare HMOs on Hospitalization Rates for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions” (2006), “Community accountability among hospitals affiliated with health care systems” (2000), and “Trust between managers and physicians in community hospitals: the effects of power over hospital decisions” (1998).

Professor Lopez received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.