Master of Health Administration (MHA@GWU)

Program Director L. Friedman


The Master of Health Administration (MHA@GW) degree program develops transformational leaders who possess the values, knowledge, and skills to advance health and healthcare options. 


The online MHA@GW curriculum focuses on developing the leadership and ethical skills needed for persons who seek to create highly effective health care organizations. The MHA@GW program from the Department of Health Policy and Management incorporates business and medical informatics training, knowledge of health care systems, law, and policy, critical values in decision making, and much more.

The Department's special strengths include an emphasis on experiential learning and community service, distinguished faculty, research collaborations, and relationships with policy making and health care organizations in Washington, DC. Active alumni and student associations foster mentoring, networking, and other professional development opportunities.

Building on our 55 years of experience preparing health care leaders and our recent success in e-learning, the MHA@GW degree is designed for adult learners who possess either clinical or administrative experience in health care delivery. The MHA@GW is designed to be completed in two years but can be completed in five years. Classes are taught in a hybrid model combining online classes (ten weeks in length) and on-site, intensive, immersion classes.

The MHA@GW curriculum focuses on two main themes. The first is developing the leadership and ethical skills needed for persons who seek to create highly effective health care organizations. Leadership and ethics are taught throughout the curriculum. Eight online, integrated learning modules include: management and strategy; informatics and decision-science; finance; community and public health; economics and quantitative methods; quality improvement; law and policy; and a capstone seminar. The culminating activities for the MHA@GW are a field-based research project and completion of a leadership portfolio.

Students entering the program are expected to have undergraduate courses in financial accounting and statistics with a grade of B or above. 


Graduates of the program are expected to:

  • Manage organizational change and promote organizational and clinical excellence.
  • Manage health services organizations under alternative financing mechanisms.
  • Lead and manage human resources in diverse organizational environments.
  • Manage information resources to assist in effective decision making and clinical management.
  • Use statistical, quantitative, and economic analyses in decision making.
  • Identify ways to improve both business and clinical outcomes of health services organizations.
  • Implement and enforce ethical decision making practices.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 50 credits in required courses, including 9 credits in immersion experiences.

Core online course requirements
HSML 6264Health Care Management and Strategy
HSML 6265Medical Informatics and Decision Management
HSML 6266Health Care Financial Management
HSML 6267Community Engagement
HSML 6268Health Economics and Quantitative Methods
HSML 6269Quality and Performance Improvement
HSML 6280Health Law and Policy
HSML 6281Systems Thinking and Learning
HSML 6282Organizational Research Project 1
HSML 6283Organization Research Project 2
PUBH 6080Pathways to Public Health *
On-site immersion requirements
HSML 6255Leadership and Ethics I
HSML 6256Leadership and Ethics II
HSML 6258Health System Analysis
HSML 6259Organization Research Project and Portfolio Presentation

*PUBH 6080 is required only for students who do not have an MPH degree.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate Credit Requirement: 50 graduate credits are required.
  2. Grade Point Requirement: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade-point average is required.
  3. Time Limit Requirement: The degree must be completed within five years.
  4. ePortfolio: All MHA@GW students must complete a comprehensive leadership portfolio