Master of Health Administration

The curriculum of the MHA is designed to prepare professionals from both health and non-health related areas to lead health service organizations. All students enrolled in the MHA will be required to take Foundation, Advanced, and Elective courses, in addition to a 225-hour internship. The total number of credits is 45.

The vision of the MHA program is to be a premier high-value provider of health administration education at the regional, state and national level to all types of clinical and non-clinical individuals.

The mission of the program is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for entry and mid-level management and leadership positions in a variety of health service organizations in the changing health service system, and to provide excellence in professional education, scholarly research and community service in health care management.

The program is based on an approach that draws on the expertise of faculty from diverse disciplines. Our mission is pursued through education, research and service to:

  • Provide qualified and motivated students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that enable them to become ethical and socially responsible health care administrators;
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge related to health care management and improvement of the delivery of health services; and
  • Provide assistance and advice that contribute to improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of practitioners in the field, and the practice of health service administration in organizations and health-related institutions.

The MHA degree prepares students for careers in health services management in a broad range of health care organizations in an evolving health care delivery system. Structured to meet the highest professional and accreditation standards, the program is designed to address the needs of:

  1. Experienced or mid-level health care administrative and/or clinical professionals, for promotion and further career advancement.
  2. Individuals without previous experience in health administration, for entry and mid-level health care managerial positions, and to facilitate their advancement into senior management.

The MHA program will provide students with tools for successful careers and personal growth through:

  • The use of both on-campus and off-campus media to enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities in health administration at a reasonable expense;
  • Instruction of theoretical and conceptual frameworks for programmatic solutions in actual practice settings
  • Instruction in the domains and competencies required by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
  • Preparation for leadership in private, public, profit or non-profit health service organizations
  • Community-based internships that add value to patients’ care

Additional MHA educational objectives also include:

  • Development of independent thinking in a complex world,
  • Development of superior health administration skills,
  • Development of strong health economics/financial skills,
  • Exposure to current health care systems analysis and forecasting

Degree Requirements

  • MHA Foundation Core: 21 Credits (All Required)
  • MHA Advanced Core: 18 Credits (All Required)
  • MHA Electives: 3 Credits (Required)
  • Internship: 3 Credits (Required)

Total: 45 Credits

MHA Curriculum 45 Credits (After Deficiency Courses Complete)

Phase I-Core (All Required)

  • HCMG 5100: Health Services Administration
  • HCMG 5200: Healthcare Law and Ethics
  • HCMG 5300: Healthcare Human Resources
  • HCMG 5400: Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
  • HCMG 5750: Healthcare Regulatory Compliance
  • HCMG 6000: Health, Finance and Economics
  • HCMG 6100: Information Management in Healthcare

Phase II- Advanced Core (All Required)

  • HCMG 6301: Healthcare Marketing
  • HCMG 6500: Managerial Epidemiology
  • HCMG 6600: Research Statistics and Methods in Healthcare
  • HCMG 6700: Healthcare Policy
  • HCMG 6850: Advanced Quality Systems for Healthcare Leaders
  • HCMG 6900: Strategic Planning of Healthcare Organizations

Phase III-Integrative Experiences (Internship Required)

  • HCMG 6990: Internship - w/Project if not doing Thesis (Internship Hours = 225 Clock Hours)
  • Comprehensive Examination (Required: Two Attempts to Pass)
  • HCMG 6999: Thesis in Health Administration (Optional)

Electives - Allowed in Any Phase to Fulfill 45 Credits. Only One Elective Course is Required

  • HCMG 5501: International Healthcare Issues
  • HCMG 5600: Public Health Organizations and Practice
  • HCMG 5700: Long Term Care Administration
  • HCMG 6950: Independent Research in Health Administration

Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-MHA Questions

1. What are the admissions requirements “really” like?
All admissions requirements are presented in the applications link, for both full and provisional admissions. Individuals with significant experience must still complete the GRE or GMAT in order to be admitted. We are looking for a variety of individuals to represent the MHA as alumni, so all individuals are encouraged to apply.

2. Are there pre-requisite courses required prior to the MHA?
Yes, there are three pre-requisite courses that must be fulfilled at the undergraduate or graduate level either prior to starting the MHA or during the first semesters of the MHA. Those three courses are an introduction to statistics, health economics and healthcare accounting (finance based). Students may elect to take one, two or three transition courses at the graduate level to fulfill the pre-requisite requirement. Those transition courses are MATH 1231 Into to Statistics, HCMG 5020 Health Econometrics and HCMG 5030 Healthcare Accounting. For further information on the pre-requisite requirement, please contact the MHA Program Manager.

3. I completed the GRE more than five years ago, how do I get the scores when the ETS will only provide them for the past five years?
If you have GRE scores that are more than five years old, you MUST retake the GRE. Scores from more than five years ago are not similar to the current GRE scores.

4. I am an International Student and need help with admissions, where do I go?
There is a link from the School of Graduate Studies to help with International Students, including Tuition and Fees, and Visa questions.

5. I am an International Medical Graduate (IMG) and have a Medicine Bachelors, Bachelors of Surgery (MBBS) degree. Does that meet the requirement for an advanced degree to waive the GRE requirement?
Technically, the MBBS is an undergraduate degree in an academic framework (bachelor’s level) and is not considered an advanced degree. If you do not have another degree at the master’s or doctorate level, you must complete the GRE.

MHA Completion Questions

1. How is the MHA structured for coursework?
All courses are provided in an online and seated framework. When classes meet, they are offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Specifically, all courses meet one day at the beginning of the semester, and one day at the end of the semester (eight hours each day) as well as two days in the middle of the semester. The rest of the coursework is conducted via online discussions and with potential chats, as well as projects and research papers that are typically turned in at the end of the semester. All classes meet for the eight hours (each) for the Friday, Saturday, Sunday class meetings. Therefore, there are a total of 22 contact hours of coursework that is seated (face to face) and typically an equivalent of another 20 hours of online instruction for each course.

2. What is the thesis really like?
The thesis is typically a large paper in the range of 30-50 pages. It builds on previous papers in your coursework and is conducted with your faculty advisor or a graduate faculty member who can chair a thesis. All individuals must complete the thesis using either a quantitative means (statistics involved) or in a qualitative means (showing a trend of some form). The thesis must present recommendations for improvement in healthcare, with a quality of care outcome, an operations outcome, or a resource based outcome. (As of Spring 2011 the Thesis is no longer required, it is now optional.)

3. What is the typical course “load” in terms of papers or labs?
Almost all MHA courses have a paper ranging from 20 to 30 pages. The courses without a paper have a significant amount of lab work to indicate proficiency in a particular skill set (e.g., HCMG 5700 Research Statistics and Methods in Healthcare that uses both EXCEL and SPSS). Most students spend at least a minimum of 10-20 hours of studying per week per course to maintain a successful progression towards MHA completion (At least a 3.0 GPA).

4. Are faculty available on campus as well as off-campus via online?
All MHA faculty members have been carefully chosen to represent both academic excellence and previous health administration experience. Therefore, all faculty members are available during the MHA on-campus sessions as well as online via email during the online sessions of the program.

5. What if I have more specific questions than those here about completion of the MHA?
Each student admitted to the MHA will receive an MHA Graduate Handbook that specifies the procedures for MHA completion (e.g., course planning and completion as well as thesis requirements).

6. How long will it take to complete the degree?
For students with a full load (nine credits) in the Fall and Spring Semesters and a full Summer load (six credits), they may be able to finish the program in two years. Obviously, for students attending part-time, it will take longer to complete the degree.

MHA Graduation and Post-MHA Experiences

1. Do I have to go through graduation and what are the colors of the MHA gown?
All MHA graduates are expected to go through their appropriate graduation. Exceptions are made only in rare circumstances (e.g., out of country residency at the time of thesis completion). The color of the MHA master’s robe is royal blue over a master’s black gown. The master’s gown is slightly longer than the bachelor’s gown and has unique curved sleeves.

2. What are my prospects with a new MHA degree?
Several faculty members have networks for individuals who are new to the health administration profession. You will develop a strong rapport with your faculty that will help find that “right” position in health administration. Also, several links will be provided during your courses to help you find potential employment.

3. Are there any licensure requirements to national examination passage and state approval?
New certification requirements for assisted living administrators are at the state level of legislation. All other health administrators are not required to complete a licensure examination. However, it is strongly encouraged that all health administrators complete continuing education for respective type of administration (e.g., acute, long term care, managed care, private practice).

4. What can I expect as reimbursement for my MHA?
There is a wide variation of MHA reimbursement, depending on the amount of previous education and experience, as well as the type of employment. New MHA graduates rarely make six-figure salaries, but may make that amount after five to ten years of experience.

5. How can I help improve healthcare in general now that I have the MHA?
That is a question your faculty members will answer during your MHA courses!

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