Entrepreneur Turns to USC EMHA Program to Help Found Health Care Startup

USC alum, Ryan Nazar, sitting in a chair
Alumnus Ryan Nazar says the EMHA program and his USC connections continue to influence how he approaches his work at startup Practical Healthcare — as well as the industry at large. (Photo / Courtesy of Ryan Nazar)

After graduating from the Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) online program, physician Ryan Nazar launched Practical Healthcare, “the first social media platform purpose-built for patient empowerment.”

When Ryan Nazar, MD, launched Practical Healthcare, a startup aimed at empowering patients and building a community, he was on a mission to improve patient satisfaction, especially when it came to difficult disease and injury diagnoses.

But while Nazar had plenty of medical experience as a board-certified disability medicine physician, he knew he needed to advance his health care management and leadership skills to ensure his new company was a success. That’s why he turned to the Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) online program from the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Nazar, who attended medical school at University of Kentucky College, graduated in 2011 and decided to pursue neurosurgery, heading to Toronto for an internship and later Louisville for his residency. It was at that time, he said, the seeds for Practical Healthcare were sowed.

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