“I can say with complete confidence that the MHA program has pushed me to think in new ways, question existing dynamics, and expand my perspective. The theme of learning by doing is evident throughout the program’s components, especially in my residency in the Value Improvement Office of Keck Medicine of USC. I am able to adapt to constantly changing projects at Keck, and the MHA program helped me develop that ability.”
— Salem Hawatmeh (MHA ’17)
USC Price MHA students come from all over the country and many nations around the world. They bring cultural diversity, unique perspective, and professional experience in a variety of fields related to health administration and the global healthcare industry.
Students often pursue the MHA as foundation for changing careers, moving into high-growth delivery sectors, or to assume more significant management/executive roles in their organizations. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other highly educated allied healthcare professionals often pursue the MHA degree to improve their management practices or to assume non-clinical roles in healthcare organizations.
While each student brings his or her own unique characteristics, all are similar in leadership potential, analytical and writing competencies, and their commitment to making a difference in the field.
|MHA Program Characteristics 2015-2016|
|% Enrolled Full Time||84%|
|% Enrolled Minority ^||52%|
|% Outside Southern California ^||31%|
|Average Class Size (Core Courses)||36|
|# of New Students *||62|
|Undergraduate GPA (interquartile range) *||3.07 – 3.49|
|GRE Verbal Score (interquartile range) *||149 – 156|
|GRE Quantitative Score (interquartile range) *||149 – 157|
|GRE Composite Score (interquartile range) *||297 – 313|
^ Domestic Students
* Entering Students – Fall 2015
MHA Student Involvement
USC Price students come together as a united body through involvement in the USC Price Student Associations. Participating students build collegial relationships, expand their leadership skills, and broaden their professional network.
For MHA students, participation in the Student Health Council (SHC), the Alumni Association and the USC Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives provides opportunities to get better-acquainted with the health professional community, academic community, and healthcare leaders.
The Student Health Council meets regularly and hosts several professional and social events each semester. Members of the SHC participate in the governance of the MHA program through active involvement at the regularly scheduled meetings of the Health Program Faculty, Health Advisory Board, Residency Advisory Committee and Alumni Association.