University of Southern California

Program Overview

The Business of Medicine

Health care is currently the most dynamic industry in the United States. It continues to become more complex through policy changes, managed care consolidation and the growing pressure to manage costs. These conditions have created a fundamental desire by physicians to take back control of the health care industry. The USC Master of Medical Management (MMM) degree provides the formal business education physicians seek in order to realize their professional goals.

The MMM program includes four, seven-day residential sessions over a 12 month period. During the interim periods between residential sessions, the program includes off-campus projects, assignments, and some modules that are taught in a distance learning format.

Program Highlights & Benefits

  • Career Growth - The knowledge and credentials earned through the MMM allows its students to pursue and be successful in a variety of executive positions.
  • Quality - The MMM curriculum is modeled after the Executive MBA program and the program is taught by distinguished USC faculty from three prestigious schools: Marshall School of Business; USC Sol Price School of Public Policy; and the Keck School of Medicine.
  • Flexibility – Physicians can earn a rigorous business education from a prestigious university without interrupting their careers. Most of the program can be completed at home and at the own pace of students, and only 4 on-campus are required.
  • Time - The MMM is completed in only one year and the most efficient way to go.
  • CMEs - Students are eligible for 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits upon completion of the program.
  • Relationships - Students forge bonds that last a lifetime and become members of an impressive Trojan network.

How is the MMM different from an MBA?

Whereas the typical executive MBA covers a wide range of business and industry structures, and public health degrees stray too far from business and management, the MMM focuses on leadership and entrepreneurial thinking within a health care context to prepare physician executives to be leaders and change agents in the field.

The program is an integrated management curriculum designed by the Marshall School of Business, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and the Keck School of Medicine.

Why Marshall?

The USC Marshall School of Business is a private research and academic institution committed to educating tomorrow's global leaders. Ranked as one of the country's top schools for accounting, finance, entrepreneurship and international business studies, Marshall also shares the rich history and vibrant community of the USC academic system.



Lonnie Smith
MD, MMM
Physician, Lonnie R. Smith, MD INC
Cohort 13

“In medical school, it’s more didactic book-learning, and you didn’t get as much interaction with the professors and with the classmates. But here you actually get more input and you learn more from the classmates than you did when I was in medical school.”