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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).

Core courses
HSML 6202Introduction to Health Services Delivery
HSML 6203Introduction to Health Management
HSML 6204Quality and Performance Improvement
HSML 6206Quanitative Methods and Epidemiology in Health Services
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 selective
One health policy course selected from the following:
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy
PUBH 6325Federal Policymaking and Policy Advocacy
PUBH 6354Substance Use Disorder Policy
PUBH 6356State Health Policy
PUBH 6367Population Health, Public Health, and Health Reform
PUBH 6370Medicare/Medicaid Law and Policy
PUBH 6374Pharmaceutical Policy
PUBH 6378HIV Policy in the US
PUBH 6399Topics in Health Policy (Cost-Benefit Analysis in Healthcare) *
PUBH 6399Topics 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 6231Management of Acute Care Hospitals
HSML 6236Post-Acute Care Management and Leadership
HSML 6238Ambulatory Care Management
HSML 6244Supply Chain Management in Health Services
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
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:
HSML 6274Fellowship
HSML 6275Fellowship
Residency—Students whose focus area requires a residency take the following 3-credit course:
HSML 6271Residency

*Only specific topics indicated for PUBH 6399 count toward this requirement.

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.