MHA 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 coursework 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.
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)
Seminar in Health Care Finance (HADM 608, 3 Credits)
Information Systems for Health Care Management (HADM 612, 3 Credits)
Health Care Politics and Policy (HADM 615, 3 Credits)
Executive Skills II (HADM 683, 1 credit)
Elective Course (3 credits)
Approved Elective Course from another department or Independent Study in Health Administration. Independent Studies are offered to students who wish to explore areas of special interest and are conducted under the guidance of a faculty sponsor.
The competency model utilized by the MHA Program is operationalized in curricular offerings in the development of learning objectives for individual courses. MHA and MSHA graduates exhibit 25 essential leadership competencies. These competencies, developed in and out of the classroom throughout the students' tenure in the program, cut across five domains: communication and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the healthcare environment, and business and analytical skills.
Communication and Relationship Management: Interpersonal Communication (Build collaborative relationships and develop negotiation skills), Writing Skills (Prepare effective business communications), Presentation Skills (Demonstrate effective oral communication and presentation skills)
Leadership: Leading and Managing Others (Hold self and others accountable for organizational goal attainment), Change Management (Promote and manage change), Ability for Honest Self-assessment (Demonstrate reflection through self-assessment), Systems Thinking (Be able to assess the potential impacts and consequences of decisions in a broad variety of situations), Problem-solving and Decision-making (Apply evidence-based decision making techniques to healthcare questions)
Professionalism: Personal and Professional Ethics (Adhere to ethical business principles and exhibit ethical behaviors; fulfill one’s commitments), Professional & Community Contribution (Participate in community service; balance professional and personal pursuits), Working in Teams (Create, participate on, and lead teams, including inter-professionalism)
Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment: Healthcare Issues and Trends (Explain and discuss important issues in healthcare, including circumstances causing major changes and reform in U.S. health care delivery), Healthcare Legal Principles (Discuss and critically analyze health-related legal principles including standards, regulation, and risk management), Health Policy (Articulate the impact of health policies on the delivery of health services), Population Health and Status Assessment (Understand and explain the major factors in population health status)
Business and Analytical Skills: Financial Management (Ability to compile and analyze financial data), Human Resources (Apply methods and techniques related to the management of health care organizations, employees and professional staff), Organizational Dynamics and Governance (Articulate and explain the roles, responsibilities, structures, and influence governing bodies hold in health care organizations), Strategic Planning (Ability to perform environmental analysis and develop strategic alternatives; discern competitive strategy; formulate business strategy based on evidence), Marketing (Analyze and assess markets, market segmentation, strategy, change and innovation), Information Management/Understanding and Using Technology Skills (Apply techniques and methods to plan, design, implement and assess information management and communication), Quality Improvement/Performance Improvement (Identify relevant problems and apply concepts of process improvement and patient safety), Quantitative Skills (Analyze data and interpret quantitative information), Planning and Managing Projects (Design, plan, implement and assess projects and develop appropriate time lines related to performance, structure and outcomes), Economic Analysis and Application (Analyze and apply economic theory and concepts and decision making)