Executive MHA - A Good Fit for You?

Hi, I'm Susan Gautsch. I serve as the Director of Online Learning here at USC's Price School of Public Policy. 

Since you're looking into executive-level MHA programs, I'm betting scheduling a time to talk could be tricky. That's why I created a few video voicemails that you can watch when you have a couple free minutes.  These videos will help you determine if an executive MHA program is a good fit for you.

Here, I describe:

  • the differences between advanced healthcare degrees (MBA, MHA, and MPH)

  • the benefits of an executive-level vs. a traditional MHA program

  • what makes USC's program one of the country's best

  • how the online learning format works for busy professionals already juggling work, family and other responsibilities

  • how we can help you streamline the application process if you're interested in applying to USC


Have a Question?

If you have time for a phone call and would like to discuss how our program can help you meet your career goals, please schedule a time directly on my calendar by clicking the floating blue "Schedule time with me" button in the bottom right-hand corner.

About the Program

USC’s Executive MHA offers an unparalleled opportunity for experienced clinical or management healthcare professionals to distinguish themselves as a remarkable leader in a time of profound change.  Our blended online format with on-campus residencies provides busy healthcare professionals with a flexible learning environment where they gain the education, mentorship, and experience required to become a transformational leader.


The Executive MHA curriculum focuses on five curricular themes:

  1. innovative leadership through transformational times
  2. cost effective care in era of Value-Based Purchasing
  3. efficient management and administration
  4. patient safety and quality of care
  5. organizational and clinical effectiveness through information systems
These five curricular themes teach emerging healthcare leaders the academic and leadership imperatives that enable highly talented mid-career professionals to excel in a rapidly changing healthcare delivery environment.  

Online MHA Cohort

Every cohort includes students from professional backgrounds across the healthcare industry; advanced nurses, physicians, hospital administrators, government agencies, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, Accountable Care Organizations, and insurance companies.

The diversity of each cohort paired with the flexibility of an online program creates a learning environment parallel to none. With a faculty comprised of experienced industry professionals and a deep network of connections, it’s no surprise why mid-career healthcare professionals choose USCIf you’re ready to advance your healthcare career, it’s time to take the next step.

Executive MHA Admissions

To be considered for admission to the Executive MHA, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and five or more years of relevant professional experience, either in healthcare or a related field. Under normal circumstances, no applicant having a grade point average of less than 3.0 calculated over the last 60 units of credit will be admitted to the program.
Interested applicants are encouraged to see if USC's online Executive MHA is the right program for their career goals and then prequalify their application before beginning the official USC Graduate Admissions application.
See if an Executive Masters of Health Administration is for you