Master of Health Administration

Program Director R. Bonar


The master of health administration degree program develops leaders who possess the values, knowledge, and skills to achieve optimal delivery of health care. 


Since its founding in 1959, the master of health administration program (MHA) has offered education in health services administration to help meet the growing need for skilled executives to manage health-related organizations and programs. Because it recognizes and responds to the fast-paced, dynamic changes occurring in the industry today, the program is well-positioned to prepare not only health care managers, but the health care leaders of tomorrow. An MHA degree from the Department of Health Policy and Management incorporates business and medical informatics training, knowledge of health care systems, management theory, ethics, law, and policy, critical values in decision making, and much more.

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

The curriculum focuses on leadership and strategic management trends, quality and performance improvement, leadership skills, community health planning and advocacy, organizational theory, finance, and health law. The program also offers residency and internship opportunities that allow students to apply their classroom knowledge in health care settings. Numerous seminar, conference, and networking opportunities are made possible through relationships with professional organizations and associations.


Graduates of the program are able to:

  • Effectively 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.
  • Have the skills to improve both business and clinical outcomes of health services organizations.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

Prerequisites for admission into the MHA program include an undergraduate course in financial accounting and an introductory course in statistics earned with a minimum grade of B.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 50 credits, including 31 credits in core courses, a 2-credit health policy selective course, 11 to 14 credits in elective courses, and 3 to 6 credits in field experience. 

Students select one of five focus areas. The following two focus areas require 6 credits in a residency to fulfill the field experience requirements: acute and ambulatory care management and post-acute care management (including long-term care). The following three focus areas require 3 credits in an internship to fulfill the field experience requirement: information systems and financial management; operations management; and strategic management and policy.

HSML 6202Introduction to Health Services Delivery
HSML 6203Introduction to Health Management
HSML 6204Quality and Performance Improvement
HSML 6206QuanMethds&Epid/HealthServices
HSML 6207Health Services Information Applications
HSML 6208Medical Informatics
HSML 6209Health Services Finance
HSML 6210Health Services Financial Applications
HSML 6211Health Economics
HSML 6212Community Health Management and Advocacy
HSML 6213Health Services, Marketing, and Planning
HSML 6215Health Law for Managers
HSML 6216Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior
HSML 6218Seminar: Health Services Management and Leadership
HSML 6254Seminar: Ethics in Health Services Management
PUBH 6080Pathways to Public Health
Health policy selectives
One health policy course from the following:
PUBH 6315Introduction to Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6325Federal Policymaking and Policy Advocacy
PUBH 6356State Health Policy
PUBH 6370Medicare/Medicaid Law and Policy
PUBH 6374Pharmaceutical Policy
PUBH 6378HIV Policy in the US
PUBH 6380Bridging Health Policy and Health Information Technology
Students whose focus area requires a residency select 11 credits in courses from the following list; students whose focus area requires an internship select 14 credits in courses:
HSML 6231Management of Acute Care Hospitals
HSML 6236Aging and Disability: Needs and Services
HSML 6237Managing the Skilled Nursing Facility
HSML 6238Ambulatory Care Management
HSML 6244Supply Chain Management in Health Services
HSML 6245Disaster Management for Health Care Organizations
HSML 6246Service Line and Project Management
HSML 6247Consulting in Health Care
HSML 6263Advanced Health Financial Applications
HSML 6270Research in Health Services Administration (Independent Study)
HSML 6285
HSML 6286
Readings in Health Services Management
and Readings in Health Services Management
HSML 6299Topics in HSML
Field experience
Students select either the residency or internship focus area.
Students pursuing the residency focus area in acute and ambulatory care management or post-acute care management (including long-term care) take the following two courses for a total of 6 credits:
HSML 6274Residency
HSML 6275Residency
Students pursuing an internship in information systems and financial management, operations management, or strategic management and policy take the following 3-credit course: 
HSML 6271Field Problem Studies

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. Transfer Credit Policy: Up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree may be transferred to the MHA, upon approval. Credits must have been earned from a CAHME accredited institution in the last three years with a grade-point average of 3.0 or above. 
  5. Transfer to Degree Program Policy: Up to 18 credits may be transferred to the MHA from the Health Administration Generalist Certificate. Students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so via the online change of concentration petition after completion of three or more courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. A grade of B or above is required for a course to be eligible for transfer. Students interested in applying to an MHA degree program should meet with the program director regarding program-specific admission requirements. Transfer credits must have been completed within the past three years.
  6. Residency or Internship Requirement: Successful completion of a 6 credit residency or 3-credit internship.