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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 degree requirements must be fulfilled: 50 credits, including 31 credits in core courses, a 2-credit health policy selective course, 11 or 14 credits in elective courses, and 3 or 6 credits in a field experience.
Students select one of five focus areas, which require either a fellowship or a residency. The following three focus areas require 6 credits in a fellowship to fulfill the field experience requirement: information systems and financial management; operations management; and strategic management and policy. The following two focus areas require 3 credits in a residency to fulfill the requirement: acute and ambulatory care management and post-acute care management (including long-term care).
|HSML 6202||Introduction to Health Services Delivery|
|HSML 6203||Introduction to Health Management|
|HSML 6204||Quality and Performance Improvement|
|HSML 6206||Quanitative Methods and Epidemiology in Health Services|
|HSML 6207||Health Services Information Applications|
|HSML 6208||Medical Informatics|
|HSML 6209||Health Services Finance|
|HSML 6210||Health Services Financial Applications|
|HSML 6211||Health Economics|
|HSML 6212||Community Health Management and Advocacy|
|HSML 6213||Health Services, Marketing, and Planning|
|HSML 6215||Health Law for Managers|
|HSML 6216||Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior|
|HSML 6218||Seminar: Health Services Management and Leadership|
|HSML 6254||Seminar: Ethics in Health Services Management|
|PUBH 6080||Pathways to Public Health|
|Health policy selective|
|One health policy course selected from the following:|
|PUBH 6012||Fundamentals of Health Policy|
|PUBH 6325||Federal Policymaking and Policy Advocacy|
|PUBH 6354||Substance Use Disorder Policy|
|PUBH 6356||State Health Policy|
|PUBH 6367||Population Health, Public Health, and Health Reform|
|PUBH 6370||Medicare/Medicaid Law and Policy|
|PUBH 6374||Pharmaceutical Policy|
|PUBH 6378||HIV Policy in the US|
|PUBH 6399||Topics in Health Policy (Cost-Benefit Analysis in Healthcare) *|
|PUBH 6399||Topics in Health Policy (Maternal and Child Health Policy Analysis) *|
|or PUBH 6561||Maternal and Child Health Policy Analysis|
|Students whose focus area requires a fellowship (information systems and financial management; operations management; and strategic management and policy) take 11 credits in elective courses, and students whose focus area requires a residency (acute and ambulatory care management and post-acute care management, including long-term care) take 14 credits in elective courses, all selected from the following:|
|HSML 6231||Management of Acute Care Hospitals|
|HSML 6236||Post-Acute Care Management and Leadership|
|HSML 6238||Ambulatory Care Management|
|HSML 6244||Supply Chain Management in Health Services|
|HSML 6246||Service Line and Project Management|
|HSML 6247||Consulting in Health Care|
|HSML 6263||Advanced Health Financial Applications|
|HSML 6270||Research in Health Services Administration (Independent Study)|
& HSML 6286
|Readings in Health Services Management|
and Readings in Health Services Management
|HSML 6299||Topics in HSML|
|Completion of either a fellowship or residency, depending on the chosen focus area.|
|Fellowship—Students whose focus area requires a fellowship take the following two courses for a total of 6 credits:|
|Residency—Students whose focus area requires a residency take the following 3-credit course:|
*Only specific topics indicated for PUBH 6399 count toward this requirement.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- Residency or Internship Requirement: Successful completion of a 6 credit residency or 3-credit internship.