Graduate in as few as 6 terms

Earn your degree without interrupting your career

Learn from distinguished USC faculty

Complete coursework primarily online, supplemented by two in-residence sessions

Join a robust and tight-knit alumni network that includes presidents, CEOs and directors of leading health care organizations worldwide

Improve Health Care from the Executive Level

One of the fastest-growing sectors of our economy is the health care industry, and employment in the field is increasing to keep pace. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 18% job growth for health care executives between 2018 and 2028 — with an estimated 71,600 new jobs being added during this period.

As our nation’s health care system becomes larger and more complex, the demands placed upon the next generation of industry leaders also continue to grow. Issues such as escalating costs, allocation of funding across generations and measuring quality of care need to be addressed, and there are no quick fixes.

The Executive Master of Health Administration online from the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy is designed to help you meet these challenges head on. This program is for visionaries who aspire to transform the future of health care through innovative solutions, and understand the value of a USC education in helping them achieve their goals.



“What’s been really remarkable about the cohort I’m in is that there’s a vast array of CEOs, as well as a number of physicians. We actually communicate almost on a daily basis, so we’ve become friends. These are lifelong partners, and it just really enhances your experience.”

David Tweedy, Ph.D., EMHA 2019

Medical Director | Stacy Tarradath M.D., MHA

Meet Our Faculty| Dr. Tom Collins

Comparative Employment Growth in Health Administration

As the health care industry faces an aging baby boomer population and people continue to remain active later in life, the growth in demand for medical products and services will continue. An increase in physicians, patients, procedures and facilities will escalate the professional opportunities for health care administrators. In addition, services previously provided in hospitals will shift to offices of health practitioners. This changing environment will continue to offer executive-level careers for experienced professionals looking to make a more global impact in the way care is managed and delivered.

Employment Levels in Health Administration by State

Employment levels for administration roles illustrate the important roles these leaders continue to fill in health care facilities across the United States. Individual states and areas with the highest employment numbers in the field include California (34,510), Texas (30,010), New York (25,830), Pennsylvania (16,410) and Massachusetts (15,380).

Annual Mean Wage by Specific Industry within Health Administration

The field of health administration is home to a range of opportunities for experienced leaders to substantially improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

Potential areas of employment with the highest annual median wages include nursing and residential care facilities, physician offices, outpatient care centers, hospitals and government, with annual mean wages from $84,260 to $110,460.

Residency Experience | David Tweedy PhD, MHA

Active Health Care Executives

About Our Curriculum

The EMHA features an integrated 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. The curricular themes include:

  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.
  4. Patient Safety and Quality of Care
    Operationalizing outcomes that matter to payers, organizations and clinicians.
  5. Organizational and Clinical Effectiveness Through Information Systems
    Demonstrating how health information technology systems provide a foundation for the organization’s strategic growth.

USC is ranked 3rd in Public Affairs (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)

USC is ranked 7th in Health Policy and Management (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)

USC is ranked #5 in Best Colleges for Veterans (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)

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).