Certificate in Long-term Care


The USC Price School of Public Policy offers two health management certificate programs:

  • Administration of Long-term Care Programs
  • Management of Ambulatory Care Systems in specialized areas of healthcare administration

The precipitous growth of an aging global population has brought enormous demand for quality long-term care. With every decision, health service industries must account for evolving care delivery systems and the ever-changing regulatory environment. This opens rife opportunities for professionals who bring effective new strategies — both theoretical and practical — to managed care.  The USC Price graduate Certificate in Long-term Care provides a curriculum that brings students to the forefront of knowledge in this exciting field.

Required Courses (16 units)
Students are required to complete the following courses:

  • Perspectives on a Changing Society: An Introduction to Aging (GERO 500)
  • Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery (PPD 513)
  • Quality of Care Concepts (PPD 518)
  • Management of Long-Term Care Organizations (PPD 601)
  • Financial Management of Health Services (PPD 510a) or
    Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (PPDE 645)
  • One 2-unit elective (consult program staff)

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Current USC Graduate Students — Applicants for the Certificate in Long-term Care who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at USC (and are in good standing with a 3.0 GPA ) need only to submit the appropriate paperwork for adding the certificate program, which may be obtained from the student services advisor in RGL 102.

Prospective Applicants — Applicants who have not matriculated at USC must make a formal application at the USC Graduate Admission website.

Applicants must submit the following items:

  1. Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended sent directly to our office:

Office of Recruitment and Admissions
650 Child’s Way – RGL 111
Los Angeles, CA 90089

2. Resume (upload via online application)

3. Letter of Recommendation (uploaded via online application)

July 1 – Fall Semester

Please contact the USC Price Office of Admissions at uscprice@usc.edu for more information.

For certificate programs that meet federal Title IV eligibility, USC is required by the U.S. Department of Education to disclose certain Gainful Employment (GE) information. The following Gainful Employment Disclosure Template link provides information regarding related jobs, cost, loan debt and completion rate for the program: