USC Price School of Public Policy

Minor in Health Policy and Management

This 24-unit minor in health policy and management provides students with a background in the institutions, policy and management issues in the field of health care and the skills necessary to pursue a range of health-related management and/‌or policy opportunities in the for-profit, nonprofit and governmental sectors. This minor is appropriate for students interested in pursuing careers in the health care field, especially students majoring in pre-health services fields, business, gerontology or the social sciences.

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Required Courses

Health Policy and Management minors are required to take the following courses:

Fundamentals of Health Policy and Management (PPD 325)*
Institutions and processes affecting healthcare policy and management of healthcare delivery in the United States; historical and philosophical roots; access and quality issues; responsiveness to public needs.

Introduction to HealthCare Systems (PPD 330)
Concepts and determinants of health and illness; healthcare delivery organizations and programs; the role of the administrator; issues in healthcare financing and access; quality evaluation; future trends.

Health Policy (PPD 415)*
Theory and practice; role of governing bodies, medical staffs and quality review committees; current trends; community responsibility; regulatory and oversight agencies.

* Prerequisite required


Students may emphasize Health Issues or Health Management by selecting three courses from one of the two following tracks:

Health Issues Track

  • Economics of Medical Care (prerequisite: ECON 303) (ECON 472)
  • Health Issues in Aging (GERO 416)
  • Managed Care for an Aging Society (GERO 421)
  • Health Promotion and Prevention Society (HP 412)
  • Gender and Minority Health Issues (HP 420)
  • AIDS in Society (HP 422)
  • Medical Sociology (SOCI 475)
  • Community Health Policy and Planning (PPD 414)

Health Management Track

  • Human Resource Management for Public Organizations (PPD 316)
  • Financial Accounting in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (PPD 318)
  • Financial Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (PPD 407)
  • Administration of Health Care Organizations (PPD 413)
  • Organizational Behavior in Public Administration (PPD 320)
  • Economics of Medical Care (prerequisite: ECON 303) (ECON 472)

Contact Information

Sarah Esquivel, Coordinator of Recruitment and Admission
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 111
Los Angeles, California 90089-0626
(213) 740-0399