About the Center

Overview + Mission

Established in 1996 and located within the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, the Center for Health Financing, Policy and Management aims to advance community, organizational and health system innovation and effectiveness, both domestically and internationally, through leading-edge applied healthcare research, analysis, and knowledge dissemination.
The Center’s mission focuses on expanding society’s knowledge to improve healthcare, health system performance and effective management of health service delivery. In addition, the Center’s work encompasses consideration of health financing policies that align incentives to support change.

The Center brings together leading researchers from USC, other universities, and the healthcare community to collaboratively investigate the strategy, structure, and effective operation of current and emerging delivery systems of health care, and to disseminate new knowledge to improve health and healthcare care delivery at the community, organization and systemic levels.

The Center conducts research into the operation and effect of accountable and affordable care, population health management, community health, and health system innovation and effectiveness; educates practicing professionals and policymakers; and develops management and policy strategies to support the development of quality- and cost-effective healthcare systems throughout the world.


The Center’s vision is to meaningfully contribute to improving health and healthcare in local communities, California, in the U.S. and internationally.

To accomplish this, the Center will:

  1. Conduct primary research and evaluation to enhance healthcare organization, financing and management practices and focus its work in the areas of population health management, accountable healthcare organization and management, health system innovation and effectiveness, and community health;
  2. Serve as a knowledgeable, relevant resource on significant and emerging issues that will inform and shape the transformation of healthcare to address society’s needs;
  3. Forge community, statewide, national and international collaborations for health and healthcare system research and education;
  4. Support the educational and professional development of healthcare leaders today and tomorrow.
  5. Engage healthcare practitioners and policymakers in developing solutions, knowledge dissemination and more effective decision-making to improve communities and the healthcare system at all levels.


  • Innovation
  • Relevance
  • Research excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Knowledge dissemination