As the global population continues to age, creating effective health policy will take on an increasingly vital societal role. This 16-unit minor provides students with a background in policy issues and challenges related to quality, cost, and access to health care. Students in this minor will acquire an understanding of these issues and the skills required to influence health policy across a variety of channels.
***To ensure completion of minor on time, make sure to complete the required courses before taking the elective courses, and take note of which semester the PPD courses are offered because not all PPD courses are offered every semester***
Health Policy minors are required to take the following courses:
PPD 325 Fundamentals of Health Policy and Management: 4 Units (Fall, Spring)
Learning the institutions of health care delivery and financing; evaluating key health policy issues; understanding and using economic, statistical and mathematical tools as ways to inform health policy issues.
PPD 330 Introduction to Healthcare Systems: 4 Units (Spring)
Concepts and determinants of health and illness; health care delivery organizations and programs; the role of the administrator; issues in health care financing and access; quality evaluation; future trends.
PPD 415 Health Policy (Spring)
Health policy analysis and challenges; price of health; structure of major sectors in health care; role of insurance in policy debates; trade-offs with policy decisions.
For detailed course information, please see the Course Catalogue. For a course schedule, please see the Schedule of Classes.
To declare this minor program, please click here.
To learn more about this minor program or to declare it, please contact:
Sarah Esquivel, Associate Director of Recruitment and Admission
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 111
Los Angeles, California 90089-0626