Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Decision Analysis

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Decision Analysis is a 12-unit interdisciplinary graduate program that directly prepares you for business careers in value-based healthcare, global market access & reimbursement, product pricing, insurance operations & design and competitive business intelligence.

Who Should Attend?

The program is oriented to those seeking to gain practical tools, strategic insights, and fundamental working proficiency in the innovative field of healthcare decision analysis without completing the full master of science program.

The certificate program is structured to easily integrate individual HCDA courses with other graduate programs, while also meeting the needs of full-time working students.

Program Benefits

Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Decision Analysis requires the completion of 12 units including two required courses (HCDA 506 & 507) and two electives with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for all units applied to the certificate.

  • HDCA 506 Foundations of Insurance and Global Access (3 units)
  • HCDA 507 Foundations of Product Development and Commercialization (3 units)

  • HCDA 502 Comparative International Healthcare Systems (3 units)
  • HCDA 503 Competitive Healthcare Intelligence (3 units)
  • HCDA 510 Business Implications of Healthcare Policy (3 units)
  • HCDA 515 Healthcare Decision Analysis and Modeling (3 units)
  • HCDA 520 Health Economics and Outcomes Methodology (3 units)
  • HCDA 525 Healthcare Literature Analysis & Applications (3 units)
  • HCDA 540 Executive Leadership and Healthcare Marketing (3 units)
  • HCDA 550 Healthcare Innovation: Creativity to Value (3 units)
  • HCDA 553 Advanced Pricing Strategies (3 units)
  • HCDA 560 Managing Effective Partnerships and Mergers (3 units)

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply to the HCDA Graduate Certificate program on a rolling-admissions basis and begin the program in any semester (fall, spring, or summer).

To qualify for admission to the program:

  • Earned bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Two years of full-time work experience is preferred
  • Past work experience will be considered for each applicant
  • TOEFL (minimum 90), IELTS (minimum 6.5) or PTE (minimum 61) for international students
  • No GMAT/GRE required
  • Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended


Domestic Students Application DeadlineSemester Start Date
SpringOctober 1USC Academic Calendar
FallJuly 1USC Academic Calendar
International StudentsApplication DeadlineSemester Start Date
SpringSeptember 1USC Academic Calendar
FallJune 1USC Academic Calendar