Health Administration - MHA

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Mission

The Master of Health Administration Program will develop leaders who possess the values, knowledge, and skills to achieve optimal delivery of healthcare.

 

 

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Overview

Since its founding in 1959, the Master of Health Administration Program has offered education in health services administration to help meet the growing need for skilled executives to manage organizations throughout the healthcare delivery sector. 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, finance, 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 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

Program Requirements

All MHA students enroll in 50 credits: Core Courses (31 credits), Policy Selective (2 credits), Electives (8-14 credits), and Field Experience (3-9 credits).  There are two MHA focus areas that require the field experience of a Residency (9 credits):  1. Acute and Ambulatory Care Management; 2. Post-acute Care Management (includes Long Term care). There are three focus areas that require the field experience of an Internship (3 credits): 1. Information Systems and Financial Management; 2. Operations Management; 3. Strategic Management and Policy. 

Prerequisites for admission into the MHA Program include an undergraduate course in introductory accounting and an introductory course in statistics earning a grade of a B or better.

Core courses (31 credits):  
HSML 6202 Intro/Health Services Delivery  
HSML 6203 Intro to Health Management  
HSML 6204 Quality&PerformanceImprovement  
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  
HSML 6212 CommunityHealth Mgt & Advocacy  
HSML 6213 HealthServicesMrktng&Planning  
HSML 6215 Health Law for Managers  
HSML 6216 HumanResourcesMgt&OrgBehavior  
HSML 6218 Sem-HlthServicesMgt&Leadership  
PUBH 6004 Env/Occ Hlth-Sustainable World  
Health Policy Selective (choose one 2-credit course from list below)  
PUBH 6315 Introduction to Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6325 Federal Policymaking & Policy Advocacy
PUBH 6356 State Health Policy
PUBH 6358 Vaccine Policy
PUBH 6366 Health Care Corporate Compliance
PUBH 6368 Law, Medicine, & Ethics
PUBH 6374 Pharmaceutical Policy
PUBH 6378 HIV Policy in the U.S.
PUBH 6384 Health Care Quality Health Policy
PUBH 6399 Special Topics in Health Policy
Program-specific electives:  
Residency students select 10 credits; Internship students select 16 credits from the following:  
HSML 6222 GroupLdrship&TeamFacilitation  
HSML 6231 Management-Acute Care Hospital  
HSML 6236 Aging&Disability:Needs&Srvcs  
HSML 6237 Managing/SkilledNursngFacility  
HSML 6238 Ambulatory Care Management  
HSML 6244 SupplyChainMgt/HealthServices  
HSML 6246 Service Line & Project Mgt  
HSML 6247 Consulting in Health Care  
HSML 6245 Disaster Management for Healthcare Organizations  
HSML 6270 Research-Health Services Admin (Independent Study)  
HSML 6285
  & HSML 6286
Readings-Health Services Mgt
   and Readings-Health Services Mgt
 
HSML 6299 Topics in HSML  
Field experience (3-9 credits):  
Select one of the following areas:  
Residency 1 Focus Areas:  
HSML 6273 Residency  
HSML 6274 Residency  
HSML 6275 Residency  
Acute and Ambulatory Care Management  
Post-acute Care Management (including Long Term Care)  
Internship Focus Areas:  
HSML 6271 Field Problem Studies  
Information Systems and Financial Management  
Operations Management  
Strategic Management and Policy  

Competencies

Broadly defined, the goal of health policy and management 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 6203 Intro to Health Management  
    HSML 6213 HealthServicesMrktng&Planning  
    HSML 6216 HumanResourcesMgt&OrgBehavior  
    HSML 6218 Sem-HlthServicesMgt&Leadership  
    HSML 6221 TransLdrshp/HealthServDelivery  
    HSML 6231 Management-Acute Care Hospital  
    HSML 6233 Delivery-Behav Health Services  
    HSML 6234 Physician Practice Management  
    HSML 6237 Managing/SkilledNursngFacility  
    HSML 6238 Ambulatory Care Management  
  2. Enhance and improve communication and relationship management within interpersonal communication, verbal and written communication, and team-based processes. 
    Relevant courses:  
    HSML 6202 Intro/Health Services Delivery  
    HSML 6203 Intro to Health Management  
    HSML 6204 Quality&PerformanceImprovement  
    HSML 6212 CommunityHealth Mgt & Advocacy  
    HSML 6213 HealthServicesMrktng&Planning  
    HSML 6216 HumanResourcesMgt&OrgBehavior  
    HSML 6218 Sem-HlthServicesMgt&Leadership  
    HSML 6221 TransLdrshp/HealthServDelivery  
    HSML 6231 Management-Acute Care Hospital  
    HSML 6237 Managing/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 6203 Intro to Health Management  
      HSML 6204 Quality&PerformanceImprovement  
      HSML 6213 HealthServicesMrktng&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.
      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.
      Relevant courses:  
      HSML 6203 Intro to Health Management  
      HSML 6204 Quality&PerformanceImprovement  
      HSML 6213 HealthServicesMrktng&Planning  
      HSML 6215 Health Law for Managers  
      HSML 6231 Management-Acute Care Hospital  
      HSML 6234 Physician Practice Management  
      HSML 6237 Managing/SkilledNursngFacility  
      HSML 6238 Ambulatory Care Management  
      HSML 6241 Cmpl&RiskMgt/HlthSrvcsDelivery  
  4. Apply the core elements of ethics and professionalism to improve management practice within health care delivery organizations.
    Relevant courses:  
    HSML 6202 Intro/Health Services Delivery  
    HSML 6203 Intro to Health Management  
    HSML 6212 CommunityHealth Mgt & Advocacy  
    HSML 6218 Sem-HlthServicesMgt&Leadership  
    HSML 6254 Sem:Ethics-Health Services Mgt  
  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 6202 Intro/Health Services Delivery  
    HSML 6203 Intro 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 6241 Cmpl&RiskMgt/HlthSrvcsDelivery  
    PUBH 6004 Env/Occ Hlth-Sustainable World

 

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.

Sample Schedule

 

1st Semester

 

 

Course #

Title

Credits

HSML 6202

Intro to the US Healthcare System

2

HSML 6203

Intro to Health Management

2

HSML 6206

Quantitative Methods in Health Services

3

HSML 6207

Health Services Information Applications

2

HSML 6209

Health Services Financial Applications

2

 

Total Credits

11

 

 

 

2nd Semester

 

 

Course #

Title

Credits

HSML 6204

Quality and Performance Improvement

        2

HSML 6208

Medical Informatics

        2

HSML 6210

Health Services Financial Applications

        2

HSML 6212

Community Health Management/Advocacy

        2

 

Elective

         2

 

Total Credits

10

 

 

 

3rd Semester

 

 

Course #

Title

Credits

HSML 6211

Health Economics

2

HSML 6213

Health Services Marketing and Planning

2

HSML 6216

HR Management and Organizational Behavior

2

PUBH 6004

EOH

2

 

Elective

2

 

Total Credits

10

 

 

 

4th Semester

 

 

Course #

Title

Credits

HSML 6215

Health Law for Managers

2

HSML 6218

Seminar in HSML

2

HSML 6231

Management of the Acute Care Hospital

required for students planning a residency in an acute care hospital

2

 

 

Elective

2

 

Elective

2

 

Total Credits

10

 

 

 

 

Residency

9

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

50

 

Data on Student Achievement

Alumni employment survey shows 100% employed within 6 months-info collected from 2014 graduates; 96% graduation rate for the 2011 cohort.

Past Program Guides

This is the current program guide for this program. Students should follow the course requirements from the year in which they entered the program. 

Past Guides:
 
Note: In 2013, the program name changed from Master of Health Services Administration to Master of Health Administration
 
Guides that are not available online can be accquired from the Academic Affairs Program Coordinator in the Dean's Office.