Executive MHA Curriculum

About Our Curriculum

The USC Executive Master of Health Administration program (EMHA) features an integrated thematic approach focusing on five curricular themes related to accountability in health services organizations. The program is uniquely designed to focus on the academic and leadership imperatives that enable highly talented mid-career professionals to excel in our rapidly changing health care delivery environment.

Five Curricular Themes

  1. Innovative Leadership Through Transformational Times
    Developing executives who anticipate health care delivery system changes and create strategies to take advantage of these opportunities to maximize organizational potential.
  2. Cost-Effective Care in Era of Value-Based Purchasing
    Developing a cognitive and intuitive understanding of the fundamental factors driving health care delivery system evolution (cost and effectiveness) and how organizations can evolve aligning with these objectives.
  3. Efficient Management and Administration
    Translating the fundamental factors of cost and effectiveness in the internal operations of the organization to improve productivity, clinical outcomes and patient experience.
  1. Patient Safety and Quality of Care
    Operationalizing outcomes that matter to payers, organizations and clinicians.
  2. Organizational and Clinical Effectiveness Through Information Systems
    Demonstrating how health information technology systems provide a foundation for the organization’s strategic growth.

EMHA Degree Requirements

Degree candidates will be required to complete a total of 36 units to be eligible for the Executive MHA degree.

A high level of attendance is expected for EMHA courses. Program participants are required to maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average to fulfill degree requirements. If it becomes necessary to discontinue or extend the course of study, it is possible to make arrangements to do so. However, administrative fees and/or higher program costs may apply.

Residency Experiences

The USC EMHA features two one-of-a-kind in-residency experiences. Students will visit the USC campus once toward the beginning of the program — typically during the middle of their second semester — and once toward the end. These highly engaging sessions bring current national and international health care trendsetters, industry defining executives and policy makers on campus to the Price School for an intense hands-on interactive knowledge session.

Available for direct interaction with students, the guest speakers and USC EMHA faculty members will address the future of the health care industry, examine life in the health care C-Suite, discuss current and future trends and define how health care leadership will evolve.

What EMHA Courses Will You Take?

Foundation Courses (6 units)

HMGT-520Leading People and Health Care Organizations4 units
HMGT-540Health Care Economics, Financing and Reimbursement2 units

Core Courses (18 units)

PPD-511Health Information Systems2 units
HGMT-601Operations Management Accountability4 units
HGMT-575Managing and Improving Health4 units
PPD-518Quality of Care Concepts2 units
HMGT-565Managing the Organization’s Financial Health4 units
HMGT 512Information Technology and Patient Engagement2 units

Capstone Courses (12 units)

HGMT-603Development and Monitoring of Quality and Patient Safety and Outcomes2 units
HGMT-602Operational Efficiency Processes in Health Care Organizations2 units
HGMT-570Strategic Management4 units
HGMT-600Managing Risk2 units
PPD-605Frontline Issues in Health Services Administration and Policy2 units

Innovative Leadership Through Transformational Times

  • Gaining a broad understanding of various leadership styles with the objective of enhancing overall effectiveness as a health care leader.
  • Understanding the role of performance measurement, risk assumption and evidence-based medicine in an era of population health management.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the statutory and regulatory changes affecting the delivery of health care and how such changes can be effectively managed.
HMGT-520Leading People and Health Care Organizations4 units
HGMT-575Managing and Improving Health4 units
HGMT-570Strategic Management4 units

Cost Effective Care in Era of Value-Based Purchasing

  • Develop the ability to conduct economic analyses of various health care issues.
  • Acquire competence in solving financial problems through the application of core financial skills.
  • Understand the principles and implications of various aspects of risk assumption by health care organizations with special emphasis on evolving financial reimbursement and utilization trends
HMGT-540Health Care Economics, Financing and Reimbursement2 units
HMGT-565Managing the Organization’s Financial Health4 units
HGMT-600Managing Risk2 units

Efficient Management and Administration

  • Development of a broad range of professional competencies in financial management as a foundation for effective management in a changing environment.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of Six Sigma and Lean Methodology and the application to process improvement in health care organizations.
  • Ability to effectively address emerging issues in the financing of health care brought about by federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements.
HGMT-601Operations Management Accountability4 units
HGMT-602Operational Efficiency Processes in Health Care Organizations2 units
PPD-605Frontline Issues in Health Services Administration and Policy2 units

Patient Safety and Quality of Care

  • Understanding health risk, measuring performance and assessing opportunities for improvement in the area of patient safety and clinical outcomes.
  • Gain a rich understanding of the tools for tracking clinical performance and costs.
  • Gain and understanding regarding the coordination of clinical services across a continuum of care as a means improve individual patient outcomes and enhance population health.
PPD-518Quality of Care Concepts2 units
HGMT-603Development and Monitoring of Quality and Patient Safety and Outcomes2 units

Organizational & Clinical Effectiveness through Information Systems

  • Understanding the requirements for real time data and information exchange between all participants in the continuum of care as well as the necessity of user friendly patient portal accessibility.
  • Understand the role of Information Technology (IT) as an enabler for health care delivery transformation.
  • Appreciate the role of IT to track and measure patients’ outcomes and experiences across multiple clinical settings; inpatient, long term care, specialty out-patient and primary care.
PPD-511Health Information Systems2 units
HMGT 512Information Technology and Patient Engagement2 units

We continually review the Executive Master of Health Administration program to ensure the best possible educational experience. As a result, we reserve the right to alter at any time the curriculum, class schedule, fees, faculty, location or other program components for the purpose of achieving our educational mission.