Master the Business of Healthcare
USC Healthcare Decision Analysis is a specialized graduate program that directly prepares you for business careers in healthcare, biopharmaceuticals, consulting, health insurance, and medical technology.
Our real-world STEM training provides strategic management tools and actionable insights for improving healthcare value, access, reimbursement, and health outcomes.
All program courses emphasize project-based learning allowing active exploration of real-world healthcare business challenges.
Lectures from leading industry executives offered across all program courses provide unique access to critical insights from experts in their respective fields.
High Demand, Real Impact
A partnership between USC Mann and the Price School of Public Policy, the Schaeffer Center brings together health policy experts, seasoned pharmacoeconomics specialists and faculty across USC and other leading institutions to solve pressing challenges in healthcare.
Learning-by-doing through team collaborations and scenario-based learning problem solving representing current real-world situations and critical decision pathways
Lectures from industry executives offered across healthcare decision analysis courses, offering unique access to insights and critical skills from experts in the respective fields
What’s unique about the USC Healthcare Decision Analysis program?
“Students will gain practical skills they can use at work the next morning. 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. All graduates will gain the technical skills and insights required for advancement into new and emerging levels of leadership responsibility as payers place a far greater emphasis on value, data validation and patient outcomes.”
Ken S. Wong
Director of Division of Healthcare and Biopharmaceutical Business
How did the program help launch your career in the healthcare industry?
“The MS in Healthcare Decision Analysis program molded me from a student to a professional. Coming straight from undergraduate, the program provided practical experiences through internship/fellowship opportunities and course projects, and it prepared me to land my first step in the healthcare industry. The HCDA program helps students gain problem-solving skills and provides up-to-date industry knowledge and technical skills to apply in our future career opportunities.”
MS Healthcare Decision Analysis ’20
Product Manager, Proscia
How did the program help prepare you for your career?
“I started as a clinical operations intern at AbbVie and was fortunate to have multiple offers before even graduating from the HCDA program. Now I’m a clinical project associate at Gilead Sciences. I’m looking forward to using my clinical knowledge to make a positive impact on patients’ lives. The HCDA program has helped me grow personally and professionally. When you present for in-class exercises, you build relationships and showcase your skills to professors who are already working in industry.”
MS Healthcare Decision Analysis ’20
Senior Clinical Project Associate, Nektar Therapeutics
Why did you decide to pursue the MS in Healthcare Decision Analysis in addition to the PharmD degree?
“I chose to pursue USC’s Healthcare Decision Analysis program because I knew the curriculum would provide me with a better understanding of today’s health care landscape by focusing on topics such as health economics, pricing, reimbursement, managed care, and health policy.”
PharmD ’13, MS in Healthcare Decision Analysis ’16
Oncology, Field Medical Outcomes & Analytics Director at Pfizer
Do you have any advice to the students who are following in your footsteps?
“This is the best healthcare decision analysis program in the world. Upon graduation, you will receive offers from Johnson & Johnson, IQVIA, PwC, Deloitte, and many more, just as I did. Don’t hesitate to network with people, including but not limited to our alumni and industry leaders.”
MS Healthcare Decision Analysis ’21
Health Economics Analyst at IQVIA Real-World Solutions
Why did you choose the Healthcare Decision Analysis program?
“The Healthcare Decision Analysis program was recommended to me by a mentor who believed this would be an invaluable career asset to me. As the program was structured with classes on the weekends, I was able to work full-time while obtaining my degree. Upon completion of the program, I have been exposed to more job opportunities and promotions within my field.”
MS Healthcare Decision Analysis ’16
Senior Associate Director of Value Evidence and Outcomes, Boehringer Ingelheim
How did you benefit from the Healthcare Decision Analysis program?
“The Healthcare Decision Analysis program provided me with a fundamental understanding of the pharmaceutical industry ranging from clinical development to health economics and outcomes research. The education I received and the connections I made in this program have allowed me to accelerate in my career as a specialist in medical communications.”
PharmD ’21, MS Healthcare Decision Analysis ’21
Sr. Specialist in Medical Communications, Neurocrine Bioscience Inc.
What inspired you to pursue a master’s in Healthcare Decision Analysis?
“I was drawn to the Healthcare Decision Analysis program because of its focus on the intersection of business, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. I acquired a deep understanding of the healthcare field which has helped me excel in my career in medical affairs. As an added bonus, I was able to easily use my employer’s tuition benefits towards the program.”