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Health Care Advisory Services


Description of careers for which concentration prepares students:
This concentration assists MBA students in preparation for careers in analytical or advisory capacities within the health care industry whether in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, government agencies or consulting firms. The concentration is offered in association with the Health Services Administration Program in the School of Policy, Planning and Development.

Description of the academic content and requirements for concentration:
This concentration includes one required course, PPD-509, Problems and Issues in the Health Field, and three elective courses from a range of opportunities.

Required for Concentration:
PPD-509: Problems and Issues in the Health Field

Electives (Choose three of the following):
DSO-582: Service Management: Economics and Operations
ISE-507: Six-Sigma Methods and Applications or DSO-549: Application of Lean Six Sigma
ISE-508: Health Care Operations Improvement
MOR-555: Designing High Performing Organizations
PPD-510b: Financial Management of Health Services
PPD-513: Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery
PPD-600: Management of Managed Care Organizations
PPD-601: Management of Long-Term Care Organizations
PPD-604: Seminar in Hospital Administration

PPD-696: Health Care Venture Development

Nine-unit Limit:
Students earning a Marshall master's degree are expected to complete their graduate electives within the Marshall School of Business by taking courses that begin with prefixes ACCT, BAEP, BUCO, DSO, FBE, GSBA, MKT, and MOR. Unless the student is completing a dual degree program, MBA students may complete up to nine units of graduate-level course work at USC outside the Marshall School of Business for elective credit providing the courses chosen are listed in the Marshall ECG. An MBA student may take up to nine (9) units of courses published in the ECG without petitioning. An MBA student who wishes to have either (a) more than 9 non-Marshall units or (b) a non-Marshall course that is not listed in the ECG applied to the degree must request permission and receive approval to do so prior to taking the course. Students in MS and Graduate Certificate programs may not apply non-Marshall courses to their degree unless (a) the courses are included in the published curriculum of the program or (b) permission is granted by the Academic Director of the program prior to taking the course. A request for an exception must be submitted via petition (Marshall General Petition Form) to the student's program office. Only courses beginning with the Marshall prefixes may be applied to the Marshall portion of a dual degree program.

Students completing the Health Care Advisory Services concentration are expected to include DSO-582 and MOR-555 as two of their course selections.  Students completing the concentration who wish to apply more than 9 units of PPD course work to the M.B.A. must petition for permission and receive approval to do so prior to taking the course(s).

For descriptions of courses offered by the School of Policy, Planning and Development, please consult the USC Catalogue