Healthcare Performance Improvement Program at USC

The Master of Science in Health Systems Management Engineering prepares students for leadership positions in the healthcare industry. Hospitals and the healthcare system are in desperate need of redesign from a cost, quality and productivity standpoint. Employers are seeking the skills offered in this degree.

Courses are from the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. This degree is for students with a background in sciences, engineering, or applied social science. They will graduate with the skills to be agents of change and provide training for a more efficient future of healthcare systems management. The degree leads to increasing technical or management responsibilities in health care organizations, particularly hospitals, and consulting.

Health Systems Management Scholarships are available for this course. Find out more.

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Career Opportunities

Doctor and Patient

Hospitals are seeking people who can improve their operations. By making a meaningful difference. In this critical time, you can help create a better healthcare system. High costs and poor quality have the public’s attention. Employers want people to lead changes and teach others the current tools.

Graduates can expect a successful career in this world’s largest industry. Our unique degree program combines instructors from USC's leading engineering, policy, and medical schools with a chance for hands on experiences with the best possible teachers.

Some examples of the types of careers graduates pursue include:

  • VP of Operations
  • Performance Improvement Consultant
  • Director of Quality
  • Start up owner of healthcare service company
  • Manager of County Mental Health Program
All students will have, from the start of their program, an opportunity to intern with a hospital in their area. Although not required, they can learn with the hospital about performance improvement during their degree program.

Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups.”

- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 9/1/2020

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Summer 2022: How the Pandemic Has Changed Healthcare 

Summer 2021: Learning from the Pandemic to Improve Healthcare

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Published on January 11th, 2021

Last updated on April 4th, 2023