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Michael E. Harris

Professor of the Practice of Health Services Administration and Policy

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 315

[email protected]


Health care contracting, health care policy and reform, emerging health care delivery business models, health care innovation and its impact on health care delivery systems, health care prevention, wellness, patient access

Mr. Harris is Professor of Practice for Health Services Administration and Policy at the Sol Price School of Public Policy for the University of Southern California. His focus and interest includes health policy and the transformation of the US Health Care Delivery System, as well as, addressing health care disparities to improve health care access.

Prior to joining the USC faculty, Mr. Harris was a principal with Harris Health Care Consulting with over 30 years of health care experience in the areas of managed care contracting, IPA, MSO and medical group operations, and management of ancillary services and network development and provider acquisitions.

Prior to forming Harris Health Care Consulting, Mr. Harris held the position of Engagement Executive and Manager with a national consulting firm and has served in several senior management positions with physician organizations including President of a three hundred physician ophthalmology network and Vice President of Business Development at a major medical group in California representing over one million enrollees.

During his career, Mr. Harris’ consulting firm, was honored by the University of Southern California as the Preceptor of Year.

He is also a sought after speaker and trainer for many health care organizations across the country health care strategy and development and health care reform. Mr. Harris holds a master’s degree in Health Care Management.


Harris, M., Vedsted, P., Esteva, M., Murchie, P., Aubin-Auger, I., Azuri, J., … Taylor, G. (2018). Identifying important health system factors that influence primary care practitioners’ referrals for cancer suspicion: a European cross-sectional survey. BMJ Open8(9), e022904.

Michael Harris, Gordon Taylor, & The Örenäs Research Group. (2018). How health system factors affect primary care practitioners’ decisions to refer patients for further investigation: protocol for a pan-European ecological study. BMC Health Services Research18(1), 1–7.

Holley, K., & Harris, M. (2018). “The 400-Pound Gorilla”: The Role of the Research University in City Development. Innovative Higher Education43(2), 77–90.

Barry, S., Teplitsky, L., Wagner, D., Shah, A., Rogers, B., & Harris, M. (2017). Partnering with Insurers in Caring for the Most Vulnerable Youth with Diabetes: NICH as an Integrator. Current Diabetes Reports17(4), 1–9.

Kalda, R., Silina, V., Bayen-Krohn, S., Deruytter, N., Streit, S., Verschoor, M., … Collins, C. (2017). European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN): Abstracts from the EGPRN conference in Riga, Latvia, 11–14 May 2017. Theme: “Reducing the risk of chronic diseases in general practice/family medicine.” European Journal of General Practice23(1), 227–240.

Harris, M., Frey, P., Esteva, M., Gašparović Babić, S., Marzo-Castillejo, M., Petek, D., … Thulesius, H. (2017). How the probability of presentation to a primary care clinician correlates with cancer survival rates: a European survey using vignettes. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care35(1), 27–34.

Doran, N., Fox, F., Rodham, K., Taylor, G., & Harris, M. (2016). Lost to the NHS: a mixed methods study of why GPs leave practice early in England. The British Journal of General Practice66(643), e128–e135.

Harris, M., Cox, K., Musgrove, C., & Ernstberger, K. (2016). Consumer preferences for banking technologies by age groups. The International Journal of Bank Marketing34(4), 587–602.

Weiss, M., Grey, E., Harris, M., & Rodham, K. (2016). Dispensing doctor practices and community pharmacies: exploring the quality of pharmaceutical services. Primary Health Care Research & Development17(1), 42–55.

Valentine, S., Jacobs, L., Harris Michael E. (contributing author), Medical Group Management: Strategies for Enhancing Performance. Los Angeles, California: Jones & Bartlett Publishers; 2002

Masters, G., Valentine S., Harris, Michael E. (contributing author), Health Care Capitation and Risk Contracting Manual. Tampa, Florida: Thompson Publishing Company; 1995

Civic Involvement

Commissioner of Sustainability
City of Palm Springs

Clinton Health Initiative
City of Palm Springs

Regional Access Project Foundation
Healthy Eating Active Living Network (HEALNet)
City of Palm Springs


Bedrosian Center