Master of Health Administration
Program Director L. Friedman
The master of health administration degree program will develop leaders who possess the values, knowledge, and skills to achieve optimal delivery of healthcare.
Since its founding in 1959, the master of health administration program (M.H.A.) 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 M.H.A. 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 policy-making and health care organizations in Washington, D.C. 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 healthcare settings. Numerous seminar, conference, and networking opportunities are made possible through relationships with professional organizations and associations.
Graduates of the program will be 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.
Broadly defined, the goal of the Master of Health Administration program is to provide health care delivery organizations with talented graduates who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to deliver health services in the most effective and efficient manner possible. The Master of Health Administration degree is designed to provide students with the ability to develop and demonstrate leadership, communication and relationship management, business skills and knowledge, professionalism and healthcare knowledge applied across the widest possible spectrum of health care delivery organizations. Upon completion of the Master of Health Administration graduates will be competent to:
- Lead and manage others, plan and implement change and engage in honest self-assessment.
Course List Code Title Credits Relevant courses: HSML 6203 Introduction to Health Management HSML 6213 Health Services, Marketing & Planning HSML 6216 HumanResourcesMgt&OrgBehavior HSML 6218 Sem-HlthServicesMgt&Leadership HSML 6231 Management-Acute Care Hospital HSML 6237 Managing/SkilledNursngFacility HSML 6238 Ambulatory Care Management
- Enhance and improve communication and relationship management within interpersonal communication, verbal and written communication, and team-based processes.
Course List Code Title Credits Relevant courses: HSML 6202 Intro/Health Services Delivery HSML 6203 Introduction to Health Management HSML 6204 Quality&PerformanceImprovement HSML 6212 CommunityHealth Mgt & Advocacy HSML 6213 Health Services, Marketing & Planning HSML 6216 HumanResourcesMgt&OrgBehavior HSML 6218 Sem-HlthServicesMgt&Leadership HSML 6231 Management-Acute Care Hospital HSML 6237 Managing/SkilledNursngFacility
- Demonstrate the breadth of core business skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- Solving business problems and decision making and project management.
Course List Code Title Credits Relevant courses: HSML 6203 Introduction to Health Management HSML 6204 Quality&PerformanceImprovement HSML 6213 Health Services, Marketing & Planning HSML 6218 Sem-HlthServicesMgt&Leadership HSML 6231 Management-Acute Care Hospital HSML 6246 Service Line & Project Mgt
- Quantitative skills, financial management, economic analysis and information and technology management.
Course List Code Title Credits Relevant courses: HSML 6206 QuanMethds&Epid/HealthServices HSML 6207 HealthServicesInfoApplications HSML 6208 Medical Informatics HSML 6209 Health Services Finance HSML 6210 Hlth Serv Financl Applications HSML 6211 Health Economics
- Legal principles, marketing, quality improvement, organizational dynamics, and governance.
Course List Code Title Credits Relevant courses: HSML 6203 Introduction to Health Management HSML 6204 Quality&PerformanceImprovement HSML 6213 Health Services, Marketing & Planning HSML 6215 Health Law for Managers HSML 6231 Management-Acute Care Hospital HSML 6237 Managing/SkilledNursngFacility HSML 6238 Ambulatory Care Management
- Solving business problems and decision making and project management.
- Apply the core elements of ethics and professionalism to improve management practice within health care delivery organizations.
Course List Code Title Credits Relevant courses: HSML 6202 Intro/Health Services Delivery HSML 6203 Introduction to Health Management HSML 6212 CommunityHealth Mgt & Advocacy HSML 6218 Sem-HlthServicesMgt&Leadership
- Apply appropriate knowledge of healthcare issues and trends, healthcare personnel, standards and regulations and population health, and assessment to optimize the delivery of services.
Course List Code Title Credits Relevant courses HSML 6202 Intro/Health Services Delivery HSML 6203 Introduction to Health Management HSML 6204 Quality&PerformanceImprovement HSML 6211 Health Economics HSML 6212 CommunityHealth Mgt & Advocacy HSML 6215 Health Law for Managers HSML 6231 Management-Acute Care Hospital HSML 6236 Aging&Disability:Needs&Srvcs HSML 6245 Disaster Management for Healthcare Organizations PUBH 6004 Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
Prerequisites for admission into the M.H.A. program include an undergraduate course in introductory 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, 8-14 credits in elective courses, and 3-9 credits in field experience.
Students select one of five focus areas. The following two focus areas require 9 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 6202||Intro/Health Services Delivery|
|HSML 6203||Introduction to Health Management|
|HSML 6208||Medical Informatics|
|HSML 6209||Health Services Finance|
|HSML 6210||Hlth Serv Financl Applications|
|HSML 6211||Health Economics|
|HSML 6212||CommunityHealth Mgt & Advocacy|
|HSML 6213||Health Services, Marketing & Planning|
|HSML 6215||Health Law for Managers|
|PUBH 6004||Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World|
|Health policy elective|
|One health policy course from the following:|
|PUBH 6315||Intro-Health Policy Analysis|
|PUBH 6325||Federal Policymaking and Policy Advocacy|
|PUBH 6356||State Health Policy|
|PUBH 6366||Health Care Corporate Compliance|
|PUBH 6368||Law, Medicine, and Ethics|
|PUBH 6374||Pharmaceutical Policy|
|PUBH 6378||HIV Policy in the U.S.|
|PUBH 6384||Health Care Quality and Health Policy|
|PUBH 6399||Topics in Health Policy|
|Students whose focus area requires a residency select 8 credits from the following; students whose focus area requires an internship select 14 credits:|
|HSML 6231||Management-Acute Care Hospital|
|HSML 6238||Ambulatory Care Management|
|HSML 6245||Disaster Management for Healthcare Organizations|
|HSML 6246||Service Line & Project Mgt|
|HSML 6247||Consulting in Health Care|
|HSML 6270||Research-Health Services Admin (Independent Study)|
& HSML 6286
|Readings-Health Services Mgt|
and Readings-Health Services Mgt
|HSML 6299||Topics in HSML|
|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 three courses for a total of 9 credits:|
|Students pursuing an internship in one of the following areas take HSML 6271 Field Problem Studies for 3 credits.|
|Information Systems and Financial Management|
|Strategic Management and Policy|
- Graduate Credit Requirement: 50 graduate credits are required.
- Grade Point Requirement: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average is required.
- Time Limit Requirement: The degree must be completed within five years.
- 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. Up to 18 credits may be transferred to the MHA from the Health Administration Generalist Certificate. Credits must have been earned from a CAHME accredited institution in the last 3 years with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
- Residency or Internship Requirement: Successful completion of a nine credit residency or three-credit internship.
- Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in accounting and statistics with a grade of B or better.