Healthcare Markets Initiative

The Healthcare Markets Initiative (HMI) at the USC Schaeffer Center is a multidisciplinary research program that aims to improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery in the U.S. The researchers focus on market-based solutions to health policy challenges.

Mission | To advance market-based solutions that improve health.

Research Priorities

  • Big data and digital health
  • Innovation in rare disease treatments and cures
  • Innovation in biosimilars
  • Medical device regulation and reimbursement
  • Mental health and substance abuse


The Healthcare Markets Initiative supports pre- and post-doctoral students who are interested in economics and healthcare markets. These students work with faculty on research projects and receive mentorship and support in their studies. Current students involved with HMI are listed below.

Sanjana Vasireddy, MADS
Student Data Analyst, Healthcare Markets Initiative
Master’s in Applied Data Science Candidate, Viterbi School of Engineering, USC

Get Involved

The Healthcare Markets Initiative has opportunities for current students of any level to get involved. For more information and to apply, reach out to Jakub Hlavka.

Funding and Support

The Schaeffer Center is supported by funding from a wide variety of public and private institutions and donors. To learn more about how you can support HMI, contact Leslie Lichtenstein.