The MS in Healthcare Decision Making is an intensive, interdisciplinary program designed to produce graduates ready to hit the ground running. The program provides a unique opportunity for mid-career professionals, international students and highly motivated new graduates to gain proficiency in a field in which current employers cannot find sufficient qualified individuals and technically skilled leaders to meet demand.
Based in the USC School of Pharmacy, the program is structured to accommodate both full-time and part-time students, and may be completed in as little as 15 months. Courses are scheduled to take advantage of weekends and independent study opportunities, while allowing students to be admitted throughout the year. Students have the choice of traditional classroom lectures or flexible participation options to allow for distance learning and time independent “on-demand” lectures.
The program is structured to allow each student to progress at his/her own pace and to build a base of knowledge from the material presented within each course, without prerequisites or requirement to follow a pre-set course sequence. The HCDA Masters’ program requires 33 academic units, consisting of a core of eight courses totaling 24 units, with a broad range of available electives.
Graduates with pharmacy or medical degrees, graduate or undergraduate degrees in related applied sciences, economics and business, and working professionals from the pharmaceutical/biotech/medical device industries are invited to apply.