USC Price School of Public Policy

Michael E. Harris

Professor of the Practice of Health Services Administration and Policy


Health care contracting, health care policy and reform, emerging health care delivery business models, health care innovation and its impact on health care delivery systems, health care prevention, wellness, patient access

Biographical sketch

Mr. Harris joined the University of Southern California as an adjunct faculty member and is now a Professor of the Practice of Health Services Administration and Policy at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC.

Mr. Harris’s focus center on health care issues related to prevention, wellness, and access to care for all populations. He is well versed in the areas of health care reform and the Affordable Care Act. With over 30 years of experience, he is focused on the development of future healthcare delivery models, healthcare innovation and its impact on quality of care concepts.

Mr. Harris is also a nationally recognized speaker with over 30 years of healthcare experience in the areas of managed care payer and provider contracting, Independent Physician Associations, Management Service Organizations, medical group operations, and management of ancillary services. As one of the nation’s leading authorities on healthcare reform, he advises numerous healthcare organizations on the impact of reform and delivery system adaptability.

Prior to becoming a leading healthcare consultant, Mr. Harris served in several executive positions responsible for the operational efficiency and performance of healthcare delivery systems.

His civic involvement includes:

  • Commissioner of Sustainability
    City of Palm Springs
  • Clinton Health Initiative
    City of Palm Springs
  • Regional Access Project Foundation
    Healthy Eating Active Living Network (HEALNet)
    City of Palm Springs