Dual Degree: Master of Health Administration/Master of Gerontology


Society needs skilled leaders to develop policy and practices addressing the distinct challenges that arise as a result of our aging populations.  The Master of Health Administration/Master of Science in Gerontology (MHA/MSG) dual degree fosters a contemporary skill set with which students can draw upon in their careers managing long-term care facilities or agencies providing services to the aging. This degree is conferred by the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC Davis School of Gerontology.

The dual degree requires 72 units, including 36 units in gerontology and 36 units in health administration.

Physiology of Development and Aging (GERO 510) – 4 units
Life Span Development Psychology (GERO 520) – 4 units
Life Span Development Sociology (GERO 530) – 4 units
Social Policy and Aging (GERO 540) – 4 units
Administration and System Management in Programs for Older Adults (GERO 550) – 4 units
Integrating Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Approach (GERO 555) – 4 units
Field Practicum (GERO 591z) – 8 units
Research Methods (GERO 593) – 4 units

Health Administration
Problems and Issues in the Health Fields (PPD 509) – 4 units
Management of Long-Term Care Organizations (PPD 601) – 4 units
Financial Management of Health Services (PPD 510a) – 4 units
Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery (PPD 513) – 4 units
Economic Concepts Applied to Health (PPD 514) – 4 units
Modeling and Operations Research (PPD 557) – 4 units
Human Behavior in Public Organizations (PPD 545) – 4 units
Strategic Management of Health Organizations (PPD 515) – 4 units
Intersectoral Leadership (PPD 500) – 2 units
Economics for Policy, Planning and Development (PPD 501a) – 2 units

Any course substitutions may only be granted by petition on an individual basis and should be part of a carefully developed course of study.