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  • Intro
  • Program Highlights
  • Curriculum
  • Day in the Life
  • Active Healthcare Executives
  • Experienced Healthcare Managers
  • Clinicians in Management

Shape the Future of Healthcare

Develop your potential as a healthcare executive as you learn to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery.

Employ a value-based and outcomes-oriented approach to healthcare management. Focus on healthcare innovation, implementation, population management, risk assessment and access. Explore new ways to create transparency; cultivate lasting relationships among organizations, clinicians and patients; and develop a qualified and confident healthcare workforce. Next

Shape the Future of Healthcare

Become an executive who can shape strategic alternatives for organizational excellence, implement new technologies and make decisions that positively impact the bottom line – as well as patient safety and satisfaction. Network with like-minded professionals from across the United States and discover what it takes to become a transformative healthcare executive during the highly respected and internationally recognized online Executive Master of Health Administration program from the USC Price School of Public Policy. Previous

Broaden your scope.

Go beyond the basic foundations of management and finance to look at the bigger picture, including long-term business strategies and the future of the industry itself. Next

Think Bigger.

Focus on redefining the global picture of healthcare policy, societal health, statutory and regulatory issues, organizational evolution and overall industry reform.

Get it done.

Graduate in as few as 2 years from an online program designed specifically for experienced healthcare leadership professionals. Next

Interact with experts.

Learn from industry-experienced faculty and guest speakers who actively make substantial contributions to research and education in healthcare, management and policy.

Build your network.

Connect with other students from various facets of healthcare to broaden your understanding of the industry as a whole. Previous

Raising the Bar for Executive Healthcare Leadership

With increasing responsibility and intensifying demands of your stakeholders, you need to become a proactive leader who can deliver higher quality care, better outcomes and increased value. The USC Price School of Public Policy Executive Master of Health Administration online program features solutions-driven curriculum designed to provide a broad spectrum of competencies for long-term success.
  • 36 semester credit hour degree program
  • 14 to 15-week semesters
  • Program completion in as few as 6 semesters over 2 years
  • A final 4-unit applied learning cumulative capstone experience
Course Name Curriculum Area Credit Hours
Leading People and Health Care Organizations An exploration of contemporary work force issues and skills development in organizational design, performance measurement, teamwork, conflict resolution, leadership and change management. Foundation 4
Healthcare Economics, Financing and Reimbursement Provides a framework for the economic analysis of health care issues and provides students with an opportunity to apply economic methods to a number of actual healthcare problems. Foundation 2
Managing the Organization’s Financial Health Executives confront and solve problems requiring use of accounting, finance and management control principles; provides core financial skills for non-finance professionals. Core 4
Strategic Management Provides skill development and application in the integrative discipline of strategic management including assessment, strategy formulation, implementation and control. Capstone 4
Managing and Improving Health Methods for monitoring and improving the health of populations. Topics include outcomes management, risk-adjustment, development and implementation of practice guidelines. Core 4
Operations Management Accountability Provide skills needed to understand the statutory, regulatory and market forces driving the need for improved efficiencies and economies; conceptualize population-based health care and the need for improvement in the quality of safety of patient care. Core 4
Development and Monitoring of Quality and Patient Safety and Outcomes Exam various programs at the government and private sector level for improving quality of care and communicating outcomes. Develop skills for improving patient safety, incident reporting and “root cause analysis” in health care organizations Capstone 2
Managing Risk Develop an understanding of the various aspects of risk assumption by physicians and heath care organizations; analyze the models, tools and techniques for managing in a risk bearing organization. Capstone 2
Operational Efficiency Processes in Health Care Organizations Apply Six Sigma and Learn Metric tools to achieve higher quality and improved productivity in heath care processes; develop skills in establishing process baselines and improvement. Capstone 2
Health Information Systems Conceptual framework for database development; relational data management; use of health statistics; health indicators; confidentiality, security privacy. Core 2
Quality of Care Concepts Quality issues and complexities affecting health care; fundamentals of quality improvement programs; examination of quality issues and improvement programs in various health care venues; strategies. Core 2
Information Technology Management Systems in Healthcare Principles and methods of systems analysis; assessment; strategic planning, design consideration; e-health and e-commerce system trends; health care information systems application areas; regulatory requirements Core 2
Frontline Issues in Health Services Administration and Policy Emphasis on current or emergent issues in the health care industry. Focus on impact of recent health legislation and/or health care system responsiveness. Capstone 2
Total Credit Hours: 36

Day In the Life

Here is an example of a typical EMHA student’s
schedule during their time in the program.

  • Year One – Fall Semester
  • Year Two – Spring Semester
  • Year Two – Summer Semester
  • Year Two – First Residency
  • Year Two – Fall Semester
  • Year Three – Spring Semester
  • Year Three – Second Residency
  • Year Three – Summer Semester

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After an afternoon of watching football with his friends, Bob reads Marcus Buckingham’s article on the leadership style of great managers in Harvard Business Review. Before bed, he logs on to the online message board for his Leading People and Health Care Organizations (HMGT 520) class and posts his thoughts on the article. He ends up in a healthy debate over managerial strategy with one of his classmates.

Active Healthcare 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 healthcare community.

  • Explore the latest industry developments and trends to help you maintain your creative expertise
  • Build on your extensive understanding of advancements in healthcare methodology, technology and practice to enhance your ability to select the best innovative solutions for your organization
  • Become empowered to continue to excel in your current organization or succeed in a new challenge in a different organization

Experienced Healthcare Managers

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

  • Gain a clear perspective of the future of the healthcare industry to help keep your organization ahead of the curve
  • Become empowered to delegate daily operations so you can focus on developing high-level healthcare policy
  • Learn to develop and implement innovative solutions to healthcare challenges while balancing the needs of patients and various stakeholders

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 healthcare organization.

  • Help redefine services, goals and objectives to encourage a focus on population-based outcomes
  • Encourage and facilitate staff to view healthcare as a holistic process
  • Maximize the value of healthcare services by ensuring patients get the most treatment for their healthcare dollars
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Why USC?

  • USC Prestige
  • Embracing Innovation
  • Establishing Value
  • Transformative Leadership
  • Enhancing Quality
  • Adopting Technology

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 as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. At USC, you will join with others from around the world intent on making a positive contribution to better healthcare. Next

The Sol Price School of Public Policy

The USC Executive Master of Health Administration online program resides within the prestigious Sol Price School of Public Policy. Through the advancement of education and research, the Price School empowers students to find innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing our global society. Many of those challenges are directly tied to the delivery and management of healthcare. The hallmark of the EMHA program at the Price School is the development and application of methods to optimize organizational performance to meet the healthcare demands of today and tomorrow. Next

A Proactive Approach to Solve Current and Future Challenges

The EMHA online program is designed to prepare you to succeed regardless of government regulations or changes in the healthcare landscape. Five multidisciplinary themes help you gain a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system so you can more effectively recognize impending change and outline strategic options to maximize the capabilities of your organization. The educational process will help you define efficient means to deliver quality care, improve outcomes and increase value. Previous

Accreditation & Rankings

The University of Southern California is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC, a 501(c)(3) organization, is recognized as one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges and universities in the United States. The WASC Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities can be contacted at:

WASC985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100 Alameda, CA 94501 Office: 510.748.9001 Fax: 510.748.9797

USC and the USC Price School of Public Policy have earned impressive rankings.

US News USC Price School ranks #23 among 272 best universities nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition, in 2017 USC Price School ranked:
  • #3 out of 15 in Health Policy and Management
  • #4 among 272 schools of Public Affairs

Embracing Innovation

To make effective innovative changes, it is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of how healthcare systems currently work. The EMHA online program provides you with this knowledge base as you learn to drive innovation and lead an organizational expansion from a patient-focused to a population-focused approach. Next

During the program you will:

  • Assess various methods of leadership
  • Examine population and organizational risk factors
  • Consider the statutory and regulatory issues affecting healthcare delivery
  • Analyze the health outcomes of larger populations to fuel evidence-based practice
  • Examine how individual roles, responsibilities and performance indicators are measured and quantified
  • Apply analytic methods to optimize organizational capacity, capabilities and development Previous

Establishing Value

What are the factors that influence the cost and effectiveness of health outcomes? Answering that question confidently and accurately is a core task of healthcare administrators. To learn to provide the highest possible healthcare value for every dollar spent, students in the EMHA online program:

  • Perform economic analyses of various issues from a population level to thoroughly comprehend the dynamics that influence healthcare delivery systems
  • Acquire competence in solving financial problems by applying core financial skills
  • Gain insights into how an organization can evolve for maximum cost effectiveness while preserving positive health outcomes

Transformative Leadership

Regardless of your career path when you enter the program, developing a broad range of professional competencies is essential to providing executive-level leadership.

The EMHA online program offers you the opportunity to:

  • Explore Six Sigma and Lean Methodology principles that help you lead the way to improving healthcare organizations
  • Develop professional competencies in financial management and business strategy
  • Address the emerging issues in healthcare financing brought about by federal and state regulatory requirements

Enhancing Quality

Quality outcomes are an important measure of success for you and your organization.

The EMHA online program helps you to achieve such outcomes by preparing you to:

  • Develop and implement strategies designed to enhance patient safety and improve the quality of care
  • Understand risk factors, measure performance and assess opportunities for improvement
  • Effectively track clinical performance to improve population-based outcomes

Adopting Technology

A comprehensive understanding of how technology plays a major role in healthcare delivery transformation provides a solid foundation on which to make executive information technology decisions. The EMHA online program examines innovative ways to use information, such as measuring patient outcomes and experiences, across multiple clinical settings: inpatient, long-term care, specialty outpatient and primary care.

The program helps you:

  • Understand federal and state data collection and usage requirements
  • Learn processes for creating user-friendly and accessible practitioner/patient portals
  • Adapt new technologies that enable the assessment of organizational performance
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  • Admissions Requirements
  • Academic Calendar
  • Tuition
  • Financial Aid
  • Computer Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Transcripts from each institution attended; a University of Southern
    California alumnus does not need to submit official transcript
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Personal statement of purpose – a brief personal statement describing your pursuing the Executive Master of Health Administration degree, how the degrees will enhance or transition your career and what you hope to contribute to the field

Pursue Your Passion. Get Started

Busy professionals appreciate an admissions process that is straightforward and intuitive. We’ve streamlined the process to help you apply as quickly and painlessly as possible. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact an enrollment adviser for assistance by filling out our brief inquiry form. To find out just how easy enrollment can be, follow the link below:

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Academic Calendar

The USC Price School’s EMHA flexible, online format allows several convenient start dates throughout the year.

Summer 2016
Application Deadline: April 1, 2016
Term Start Date: May 4, 2016
Term End Date: August 16, 2016

Fall 2016
Application Deadline: July 1, 2016
Term Start Date: August 31, 2016
Term End Date: December 13, 2016

Spring 2017
Application Deadline: November 1, 2016
Term Start Date: January 11, 2017
Term End Date: April 18, 2017


Per Credit Hour: $1,800
Per Term: $10,800 (6 units)
Total Tuition: $64,800 (36 units)


Application Fee: $90
Books/Supplies: Approx. $750-1,500
Residency: $1,950
  $975 charged with tuition for HMGT-520 course, $975 charged with tuition for HMGT-570 course


Other Fees: $1,000 – $2,000 depending on
cost of airfare and lodging for residency

Financial Aid

The ability to pay for your education is always an important consideration. Many organizations offer tuition assistance to employees and, in some cases, cover 100 percent of tuition costs. Programs and policies vary among employers. Consult your human resources office to learn more about tuition assistance at your organization.

Many options are available to fund your graduate education. The USC Financial Aid Office administers federal and private programs to assist you.

For more information on applying for Financial Aid, please visit USC Financial Aid.



When participating in this leading online degree program, it’s imperative to have the tools for a successful virtual experience.

You will need:

  • Most current operating system
  • High-speed Ethernet or wireless connection
  • Web camera (webcam)
  • Chat software with video capability
  • Sound card and speakers
  • Current Web browser (see below) with Flash installed

PC: Internet Explorer 6, 7, and Firefox 3.6 for the PC.
Mac: Safari 4.0 for the Mac.

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Faculty and Alumni

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  • Alumni
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Internationally Recognized, Accessible Virtually

The internationally recognized USC Price School EMHA online program faculty members share a passion for two academic endeavors: research and teaching. They are eager to assist you on your journey to acquire exceptional healthcare administration skills. Next

At the Price School, you can look forward to learning from:

  • Forward-thinking professionals focused on innovative solutions
  • Substantial contributors to research and education in healthcare, management, policy and the interrelated fields
  • Interdisciplinary experts with real-world executive experience in healthcare reform, Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), health finance, community outreach, health insurance and more Previous

You Can Rely on Our Strong Network

The diverse Trojan Alumni Network, more than 300,000 members strong worldwide, hosts hundreds of events and programs around the world each year and makes benefits and services available to all alumni. In particular, the USC Alumni Career Services website enables alumni to search for jobs, research organizations, attend webinars and network with fellow Trojans at events and online. Additionally, the Trojan Alumni Network distributes more than $2 million in scholarships annually.

The Students’ Perspective

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