Minor in Health Policy

16687521838_aec7ec8b10_zAs 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.

Required Courses

Health Policy minors are required to take the following courses:

PPD 325 Fundamentals of Health Policy and Management 
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.

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

PPD 415 Health Policy
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.


  • GERO 416 Health Issues in Adulthood
  • HP 408 Environmental Health in the Community
  • HP 412 Health Promotion and Prevention Policy
  • HP 422 AIDS in Society
  • LAW 403 Mental Health Law
  • PPD 357 Government and Business
  • PPD 414 Community Health Policy and Planning

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
(213) 740-0399
[email protected]