Shape the Future of Health Care

USC’s Executive MHA at a Glance

 The Executive MHA Program offers clinical and management professionals an opportunity to advance their careers in health care and to more effectively improve health services within their communities. Mid-to-senior-level professionals who have the ambition and potential to serve as industry leaders in the highly dynamic and competitive health care environment are encouraged to consider the Executive MHA degree. Geared to those who have demonstrated capabilities, yet who will benefit from expanded skills and competencies that will enable them to lead, participants sharpen their business acumen and gain exposure to and in-depth knowledge of the latest theories and the best in contemporary health management practice.

Why Choose USC for Your Executive MHA Program?

Transform Your Leadership

Learn to be a visionary, transformative and effective leader amidst rapid change in technology, economics, ethics, finance, policy and management.

Expanded Opportunity

Students are guided by prominent leaders in health care within a superb learning environment, where they can graduate in as few as six semesters or two years.

Balanced and Blended Online 

Online coursework and project scheduling allows students to complete assignments around their work and personal life demands.

Learn Today, Do Tomorrow

Curriculum designed for fast-moving professionals needing to apply theoretical and practical lessons — bringing immediate value to both the student and their organization. 

Supportive Network

Network with students and alumni within the Trojan Family from diverse facets of health care, all as you receive the executive-level support to succeed.

USC is ranked 4th in Public Affairs (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)

USC is ranked 8th in Health Policy and Management (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)

USC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The Executive MHA at USC is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Prepare to Advance Your Career

Our health care system is undergoing profound change unlike any experienced before. Access, quality and cost of health care are critical issues that affect all citizens, residents and communities. The health care industry involves complex and fast-moving developments in technology, economics, ethics, finance, policy and management. Visionary and effective leadership is needed to transform and improve management structures in a highly competitive, market-driven environment.

Tomorrow’s health care leaders must address such pressing issues as:

  • How will we control health care costs as baby boomers become senior citizens and medical technology continues to advance?
  • How will health care dollars be allocated across generations?
  • How can we measure quality of care?
  • How can we ensure that all U.S. residents have access to health care?

As the delivery system changes, career opportunities abound. The field needs transformation-minded leaders — in hospitals, health plans, medical practices, health-related enterprises and community health organizations — who have the passion, knowledge and skills to shape the future of health care.

“The EMHA blended format combines the flexibility of online lectures and assignments with a face-to-face curriculum that involves additional lectures, visits to medical sites and work on additional projects.”

Dr. Michael Karp, EMHA student

Who Should Choose the USC Executive MHA?

Advanced Clinicians in Management

You have been on the front lines and know what it takes to make a difference for individuals in your care. You also have experience managing a practice or a department. Now gain a higher level of expertise and confidence to lead change holistically in your health care organization.

Experienced Health Care Managers

You have dedicated your career to improving the business of health care. Now broaden your perspective and gain the necessary tools you’ll need to improve patient care and reach your potential as an executive.

Active Health Care Executives

Your ambition and ability encourage you to aspire to the C-suite. Now you want to excel as an industry trendsetter and positive force for change in the global health care community.

Managers Serving Health Care Clients

You are a non-clinical health care professional from an industry such as insurance, pharma and medical devices — yet you are looking to advance your career and expertise to an executive level.

What Can I Learn with USC’s Executive MHA?

Participants in the executive program gain practical skills and model effective leadership in a rapidly evolving health care environment. Emphasis is given to executive decision-making; development of sound planning, analytical and leadership capabilities; and strong interpersonal communication. More specifically, Executive MHA graduates will achieve advanced competency in disciplines which include economics and finance, health care regulation, business development, operations, strategic analysis and management, organizational design, quality and outcomes assessment and information management.

For a full list of competencies and program outcomes click here.

Join a Tradition of Pride and Excellence

As one of the world’s leading private research universities, the University of Southern California has built its reputation on a standard of excellence. Fostering a vibrant culture of public service, USC encourages students to cross disciplinary and geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. At USC, you can join others from around the world intent on making a positive contribution to better health care.

Internationally Recognized and Virtually Accessible Faculty

The internationally recognized USC Price School Executive MHA online program faculty members share a passion for two academic endeavors: research and teaching. They are drawn from the USC Price School of Public Policy and includes senior, experienced faculty, along with nationally renowned academic specialists and health care experts. The opportunity to interact with health care’s leading thinkers, policymakers and practitioners is an essential component of the Executive MHA program.

Stay Up to Date with Executive MHA News

No matter where you are in your career, a keen understanding of the latest EMHA news, resources and today’s most pressing health administration issues is paramount to success.

CAHME report on USC program outcomes