MHA Curriculum 

Students are required to complete a total of 59 semester hours (including transfer credit, if any) to qualify for the Master of Health Administration degree. This requirement includes 48 hours of core course work plus at least three semester hours of elective studies in health administration and related disciplines, such as business administration, public health, urban and regional planning, and gerontology. In addition, eight semester hours of practicum course work are required as a part of the administrative residency. The graduate program is designed to provide a balanced combination of academic studies and field experience to enable students to achieve the program’s educational goals and become well-prepared to enter the field of health administration. 

The core curriculum of the graduate program in health administration consists of 19 courses totaling 51 semester hours that must be completed by all MHA degree candidates. These courses represent an integrated series of learning experiences designed to provide students with a common body of knowledge and skills which are considered to be essential to completion of the administrative residency. The competency model utilized by the MHA Program is operationalized in curricular offerings in the development of learning objectives for individual courses. A description of the competency model for the MHA program can be found here. The following list describes required courses and demonstrates a typical course schedule over the three-year program.

First Year, Fall Semester

All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted.

Health System Organization, Financing and Performance (HADM 602, 3 Credits)

Health Care Managerial Accounting (HADM 606, 3 Credits) Prerequisite: Financial Accounting.

Managerial Epidemiology (HADM 609, 2 credits)
 Prerequisite: undergraduate course in statistics.

Health Care Organization and Leadership (HADM 646, 3 Credits)

Clinical Concepts and Relationships (HADM 681, 2 credits)

Executive Skills I (HADM 682, 1 credit) Prerequisite: HADM 646.

First Year, Spring Semester

Financial Management in Health Care Organizations (HADM 607, 3 Credits) Prerequisite: HADM 606.

Health Analytics & Decision Support (HADM 610, 3 credits)

Health Economics (HADM 624, 3 Credits)

Management of Health Care Organizations (HADM 647, 3 Credits)

Second Year, Fall Semester

Seminar in Health Care Finance (HADM 608, 3 Credits)

Information Systems for Health Care Management (HADM 612, 3 Credits) Prerequisites: HADM 609 and 610.

Health Care Politics and Policy (HADM 615, 3 Credits)

Executive Skills II (HADM 683, 1 credit) Prerequisite: HADM 682.

Elective Course (3 credits)

Approved Elective Course from another department


Independent Study in Health Administration - Offered to students who wish to explore areas of special interest. Conducted under the guidance of a faculty sponsor.

Second Year, Spring Semester

Health Care Law and Bioethics (HADM 611, 3 Credits)

Health Care Marketing (HADM 614, 3 Credits)

Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations (HADM 648, 3 Credits) Prerequisites: HADM 614 and HADM 647.

Human Resources Management in Health Care (HADM 649, 3 Credits)

Third Year (Required One Year Residency)

Practicum in Health Care Administration I, II (HADM 694, HADM 695, 8 credits)