Master of Health Administration

Program Director L. Friedman

Mission

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

Overview

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.

Goals

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:

  1. Lead and manage others, plan and implement change and engage in honest self-assessment.
    Relevant courses:
    HSML 6203Introduction to Health Management
    HSML 6213Health Services, Marketing & Planning
    HSML 6216HumanResourcesMgt&OrgBehavior
    HSML 6218Sem-HlthServicesMgt&Leadership
    HSML 6231Management-Acute Care Hospital
    HSML 6237Managing/SkilledNursngFacility
    HSML 6238Ambulatory Care Management
  2. Enhance and improve communication and relationship management within interpersonal communication, verbal and written communication, and team-based processes. 
    Relevant courses:
    HSML 6202Intro/Health Services Delivery
    HSML 6203Introduction to Health Management
    HSML 6204Quality&PerformanceImprovement
    HSML 6212CommunityHealth Mgt & Advocacy
    HSML 6213Health Services, Marketing & Planning
    HSML 6216HumanResourcesMgt&OrgBehavior
    HSML 6218Sem-HlthServicesMgt&Leadership
    HSML 6231Management-Acute Care Hospital
    HSML 6237Managing/SkilledNursngFacility
  3. Demonstrate the breadth of core business skills and knowledge in the following areas:
    • Solving business problems and decision making and project management.
      Relevant courses:
      HSML 6203Introduction to Health Management
      HSML 6204Quality&PerformanceImprovement
      HSML 6213Health Services, Marketing & Planning
      HSML 6218Sem-HlthServicesMgt&Leadership
      HSML 6231Management-Acute Care Hospital
      HSML 6246Service Line & Project Mgt
    • Quantitative skills, financial management, economic analysis and information and technology management.
      Relevant courses:
      HSML 6206QuanMethds&Epid/HealthServices
      HSML 6207HealthServicesInfoApplications
      HSML 6208Medical Informatics
      HSML 6209Health Services Finance
      HSML 6210Hlth Serv Financl Applications
      HSML 6211Health Economics
    • Legal principles, marketing, quality improvement, organizational dynamics, and governance.
      Relevant courses:
      HSML 6203Introduction to Health Management
      HSML 6204Quality&PerformanceImprovement
      HSML 6213Health Services, Marketing & Planning
      HSML 6215Health Law for Managers
      HSML 6231Management-Acute Care Hospital
      HSML 6237Managing/SkilledNursngFacility
      HSML 6238Ambulatory Care Management
  4. Apply the core elements of ethics and professionalism to improve management practice within health care delivery organizations.
    Relevant courses:
    HSML 6202Intro/Health Services Delivery
    HSML 6203Introduction to Health Management
    HSML 6212CommunityHealth Mgt & Advocacy
    HSML 6218Sem-HlthServicesMgt&Leadership
  5. Apply appropriate knowledge of healthcare issues and trends, healthcare personnel, standards and regulations and population health, and assessment to optimize the delivery of services.
    Relevant courses
    HSML 6202Intro/Health Services Delivery
    HSML 6203Introduction to Health Management
    HSML 6204Quality&PerformanceImprovement
    HSML 6211Health Economics
    HSML 6212CommunityHealth Mgt & Advocacy
    HSML 6215Health Law for Managers
    HSML 6231Management-Acute Care Hospital
    HSML 6236Aging&Disability:Needs&Srvcs
    HSML 6245Disaster Management for Healthcare Organizations
    PUBH 6004Environmental 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.

Core
HSML 6202Intro/Health Services Delivery
HSML 6203Introduction to Health Management
HSML 6204Quality&PerformanceImprovement
HSML 6206QuanMethds&Epid/HealthServices
HSML 6207HealthServicesInfoApplications
HSML 6208Medical Informatics
HSML 6209Health Services Finance
HSML 6210Hlth Serv Financl Applications
HSML 6211Health Economics
HSML 6212CommunityHealth Mgt & Advocacy
HSML 6213Health Services, Marketing & Planning
HSML 6215Health Law for Managers
HSML 6216HumanResourcesMgt&OrgBehavior
HSML 6218Sem-HlthServicesMgt&Leadership
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
Health policy elective
One health policy course from the following:
PUBH 6315Intro-Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6325Federal Policymaking and Policy Advocacy
PUBH 6356State Health Policy
PUBH 6366Health Care Corporate Compliance
PUBH 6368Law, Medicine, and Ethics
PUBH 6374Pharmaceutical Policy
PUBH 6378HIV Policy in the U.S.
PUBH 6384Health Care Quality and Health Policy
PUBH 6399Topics in Health Policy
Program-specific electives
Students whose focus area requires a residency select 8 credits from the following; students whose focus area requires an internship select 14 credits:
HSML 6222GroupLdrship&TeamFacilitation
HSML 6231Management-Acute Care Hospital
HSML 6236Aging&Disability:Needs&Srvcs
HSML 6237Managing/SkilledNursngFacility
HSML 6238Ambulatory Care Management
HSML 6244SupplyChainMgt/HealthServices
HSML 6245Disaster Management for Healthcare Organizations
HSML 6246Service Line & Project Mgt
HSML 6247Consulting in Health Care
HSML 6270Research-Health Services Admin (Independent Study)
HSML 6285
HSML 6286
Readings-Health Services Mgt
and Readings-Health Services Mgt
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 three courses for a total of 9 credits:
HSML 6273Residency
HSML 6274Residency
HSML 6275Residency
Students pursuing an internship in one of the following areas take HSML 6271 Field Problem Studies for 3 credits.
Information Systems and Financial Management
Operations Management
Strategic Management and Policy

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.  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.
  5. Residency or Internship Requirement: Successful completion of a nine credit residency or three-credit internship.
  6. Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in accounting and statistics with a grade of B or better.