Master’s Degrees
 
 
 

Master’s Degrees

Master of Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

MS in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

The USC Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy master’s program is conducted collaboratively with the Department of Economics, the Department of Preventive Medicine, and the Public Policy program of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Master’s students are trained to use pharmacoeconomics and assessment techniques in practical decision-making environments such as hospital pharmacies, managed-care pharmacies, third-party payers and government agencies.

A distinguishing characteristic of the USC Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy master’s program is the degree to which students are actively engaged in publishable research, either as the lead author or as a secondary author in collaboration with a faculty member.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs
Director of Graduate Studies

Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics + Policy
University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy
635 Downey Way, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3331

Phone: 213-821-7941
FAX: 213-740-3460
jmccombs@healthpolicy.usc.edu

 

Master of Health Administration

Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program

"The U.S. and California healthcare systems evolve constantly to better meet the needs of society, even when faced with significant budget constraints. Our program prepares healthcare administrators to lead their organizations by adopting innovative solutions based on evidence." Dr. Mike Nichol (NOTE: Hyperlink to Faculty Page), Director, Graduate Programs in Health Programs.

Our healthcare system is undergoing profound change unlike any experienced before. Access, quality, and cost of healthcare are critical issues that affect all citizens, residents, and communities.

Healthcare and the healthcare industry – which account for more than 17 percent of the entire U.S. economy – involve complex and fast-moving developments in technology, economics, ethics, finance, policy, and management. Visionary and effective leadership is needed to improve management structures in a highly competitive, market-driven environment.

Tomorrow's healthcare leaders must address such pressing issues as:

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

As the delivery system changes, career opportunities abound. The field needs leaders and managers – 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 healthcare.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Mike Nichol
Director of Graduate Programs in Health

University of Southern California
Price School of Public Policy
635 Downey Way, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3331

Phone: 213-821-2355
FAX: 213-740-3460
mnichol@usc.edu

 

Master of Healthcare Decision Analysis

"Students will gain practical skills they can use at work the next morning," says Grant Lawless, director of the program and a former Amgen executive. "The program is designed to help mid-career professionals jump to a leadership role or transition to a new area, and it will help new graduates gain a strategic advantage over other young professionals."

The USC School of Pharmacy new Master of Science in Healthcare Decision Analysis (HCDA) offers both clinical and business professionals the skills needed for the new discipline emerging at the intersection of business intelligence, healthcare analytics and applied health policy, as well as the ability to better navigate an industry made ever more challenging by changing regulations, global competition and technological advances.

The intensive, interdisciplinary program is the first of its kind to unite such areas as healthcare economics, data analysis, international market access, product pricing, reimbursement, insurance operations and competitive business practices. Graduates will be experts in this emerging field, with the preparation necessary to meet the needs of pharmaceutical, biotech, specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, manufacturing and related industries nationally and globally.

For a video about the new Master of Science in Healthcare Decision Analysis, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUWohy6SaBw.

The highly flexible, four-semester program — available to full or part-time students — can be completed in as little as 15 months. Housed in the USC School of Pharmacy, HCDA courses are designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and can be taken in any combination — on campus and/or online in either real time or on demand. Students also have the option of enrolling in just one or two courses, which could count toward their degree if they later choose to pursue it. The first courses — Competitive Intelligence and Pricing and Comparative International Healthcare Systems — will be offered in Spring 2014.

For admission and other information on this new program, email HCDA@usc.edu, or visit http://HCDA.usc.edu.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Grant Lawless
University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy
635 Downey Way, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3331

Phone: 213-821-6181
FAX: 213-740-3460
glawless@usc.ecu