Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Master’s Degree Program in Health Delivery Science (MHDS)


8700 Beverly Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90048

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Masters Degree Program in Health Delivery Science (MHDS)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

About the Master's Degree in Health Delivery Science

The Cedars-Sinai Master's Degree in Health Delivery Science (MHDS) is an accredited program designed to train tomorrow’s healthcare leaders; its unique curriculum prepares graduates for a successful career in emerging healthcare fields, including digital health science, mobile health, health technology assessment, big data analytics, performance improvement and health economics.

Students are embedded within teams operating in Cedars-Sinai — the largest hospital in the Western United States and a member of the 2017-18 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Role. A structured capstone project affords unparalleled opportunities to gain applied skills that reinforce classroom didactics. Deep exposure to digital health science provides students with the first-hand experience and know-how for applying biomedical innovations in healthcare.

In contrast to a typical university-based curriculum, students in the Master's Degree in Health Delivery Science program are assigned project mentorship teams from the start, work closely with practitioners in the forefront of health delivery science, are embedded directly within a major healthcare system, and culminate their work with an applied capstone project that they present to hospital leadership.

Program Rationale

American healthcare is undergoing a striking transformation. Driven by changes in value-based healthcare financing, burgeoning information technologies, and advancements in data analytics, healthcare delivery is rapidly evolving in ways that require multidisciplinary expertise. To succeed, healthcare organizations must:

  • Manage and interpret big data
  • Learn how to implement health information technology
  • Ensure high-quality, safe and effective care
  • Measure and address patient values
  • Ultimately, ensure all these activities are cost-effective

Who Should Apply?

The degree is for students seeking to develop foundational skills and knowledge in health delivery science with an aim to become leaders in healthcare organizations. The program is ideal for students who may be considering a more traditional degree in public health, yet are seeking deeper exposure to modern analytic techniques and applied skills. Or, for students contemplating an MBA, but who are interested in the business of healthcare delivery.

The program is also well-suited for pre-health students who seek additional gap year experience in healthcare before starting an MD, RN, PharmD or other clinical degree. Many of our students are already healthcare professionals who are now exploring how to expand their influence within and beyond their organizations.

How Long Is the Program?

Students complete their classroom-based courses within the first 12 months on campus at Cedars-Sinai. Additional field-based credits from the capstone program accrue over the remaining eight months, totaling a 20-month program. The capstone project may occur on campus at Cedars-Sinai, or in other approved healthcare organizations.

Most classes are taught in the evenings at Cedars-Sinai to accommodate students with daytime commitments. Students also work on their capstone project on a schedule agreed upon with their primary mentor. Journal clubs, mentorship meetings and other program events may occur during typical work hours and are available via web conferencing for off-site students.



WASC Accreditation Statement Cedars-Sinai is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Western Association of Schools and Colleges 985 Atlantic Ave., No. 100 Alameda, CA 94501 Phone: 510-748-9001

International Student Requirements:

The MHDS program cannot sponsor F1 visa at this moments. Student whose first language is not English is required to submit TOFEL score.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 39

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 600 USD

In State Tuition (per year): $25,000 for the whole program (20-month training) USD

Out State Tuition (per year): $25,000 for the whole program (20-month training) USD

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