Jonas Center Awards Scholarship to USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) Student

As a practicing nurse, Edwin Dizon was inspired to pursue his EMHA degree at USC taking his next step towards leadership at a healthcare organization where he can encourage creative thinking and new standards of excellence in human care.

LOS ANGELES, August 11, 2016 – The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare today announced that USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) student Edwin Dizon, RN, BSN, has been selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship toward the pursuit of this graduate degree. The USC Price School’s EMHA program is designed to develop visionary, transformative and effective healthcare leaders amidst profound and rapid change in technology, economics, ethics, finance, policy and management.

Dizon brings extensive experience in all aspects of the nursing profession to his advanced studies. In discussing how he will benefit from his EMHA degree, Dizon stated, “My (nursing) leadership positions have helped me make positive changes in the delivery of care and create better outcomes for our patients and staff.  These positions have inspired and encouraged me to think about the limitless possibilities we have to make a difference in other people’s lives for the better.  With my EMHA degree, I plan to lead an organization that can encourage its staff to think ‘outside the box’ for their patients as well as themselves.  I plan for this organization to be a leader in the community for its medical needs and a standard of excellence for human and health care.”

“The Jonas Center and the Sol Price School share a common mission to develop leaders uniquely qualified to address pressing societal issues,” said Darlene Curley, MS, RN, CEO of the Jonas Family Fund and Executive Director of the Jonas Center. “This partnership is an extension of our organizations’ ongoing work together to give our nation’s best nurses a seat at the policy table, where they can provide research-based insights and expertise to improve the lives of individuals and communities here and abroad.”

Dizon is a graduate of Marymount University in Arlington, Va., where he received his nursing degree. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Phoenix and has practiced as a telemetry nurse, a Level 1 Trauma ICU nurse, an ICU charge nurse, the managing nurse for a 70 bed PCU as well as a house supervisor nurse. The two-year USC EMHA program is designed for working professionals, and Dizon is anticipated to graduate with his master’s degree in May 2018.

“Edwin’s background fits our executive program perfectly,” stated Michael B. Nichol, Ph.D.,
Professor of Public Policy and Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs at the Sol Price School of Public Policy. Nichol added, “We recruit mid-career health professionals dedicated to patient care who are interested in broadening their impact on health care organizations.  Our program enables professionals like Edwin to engage peers from across the health care spectrum to learn how to create new solutions to health care problems.  We are pleased that the Jonas Center has recognized Edwin’s accomplishments.”

Dizon is married with three children—one who is a manager/chef, his middle child is a recent USC grad and his youngest is a sophomore at the University of Oregon.

The Jonas Center and the Sol Price School have partnered since 2013, focusing primarily on veterans’ issues and nurses’ roles in providing complex care to service members. Working with the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, the partnership has included a national conference on supporting the needs of returning veterans, hosted by the Sol Price School, and a white paper on addressing homelessness among female veterans.


The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, established in 2006 by Barbara and Donald Jonas as part of the Jonas Family Fund, is dedicated to improving healthcare by advancing nursing scholarship, leadership and innovation. Its two main programs are the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, which aims to address the dire shortage of nursing faculty by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this critical role and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, which seeks to improve the health of veterans by supporting doctoral-level nursing candidates committed to advancing veterans’ healthcare. In 2016, the Jonas Center is preparing 1,000 nurse faculty and clinical leaders nationwide.

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy EMHA Program was founded to address U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics* reports which show a 23% job growth for all healthcare management and hospital administration from 2012 to 2022 – considerably more growth than most other occupations. In this highly competitive, market-driven environment, students in the Executive Master of Health Administration program learn to be visionary, transformative, and effective leaders amidst profound and rapid change in technology, economics, ethics, finance, policy and management.

Through our rigorous curriculum, world-class faculty, flexible schedule and purposeful community of faculty, alumni and students, the healthcare administration program brings immediate value to both students and their organizations — especially during this time of rapid healthcare reform. Learning cohorts provide students with a lasting learning and professional community – while the flexible healthcare management courses connect them more broadly within the USC Trojan Family. Using modern technologies such as desktop and mobile conferencing (audio and video), social networks and collaborative authoring environments, healthcare management courses employ the proven pedagogical methods for busy professional learners.