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Master of Health Administration

Dr. Tom McIlwain, Ph.D. Program Coordinator, Master of Health Administration

Welcome from the Graduate Program Director

The curriculum of the MHA is designed to prepare professionals from both health and non-health related areas to lead health service organizations. All students enrolled in the MHA will be required to take Foundation, Advanced, and Elective courses, in addition to  a 225 hour internship. The total number of credits is 45.

The vision of the MHA program is to be a premier high value provider of health administration education at the regional, state and national level to all types of clinical and non-clinical individuals.

The mission of the program is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for entry and mid-level management and leadership positions in a variety of health service organizations in the changing health service system, and to provide excellence in professional education, scholarly research and community service in health care management.

The program is based on an approach that draws on the expertise of faculty from diverse disciplines. Our mission is pursued through education, research and service to:

  • Provide qualified and motivated students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that enable them to become ethical and socially responsible health care administrators;
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge related to health care management and improvement of the delivery of health services; and
  • Provide assistance and advice that contribute to improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of practitioners in the field, and the practice of health service administration in organizations and health related institutions.

The MHA degree prepares students for careers in health services management in a broad range of health care organizations in an evolving health care delivery system. Structured to meet the highest professional and accreditation standards, the program is designed to address the needs of: (1) experienced or mid-level health care administrative and/or clinical professionals, for promotion and further career advancement; and (2) individuals without previous experience in health administration, for entry and mid-level health care managerial positions, and to facilitate their advancement into senior management. The MHA program will provide students with tools for successful careers and personal growth through:

  • The use of both on-campus and off-campus media to enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities in health administration at a reasonable expense;
  • Instruction of theoretical and conceptual frameworks for programmatic solutions in actual practice settings
  • Instruction in the domains and competencies required by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
  • Preparation for leadership in private, public, profit or non-profit health service organizations
  • Community based internships that add value to patients’ care

Additional MHA educational objectives also include:

  • Development of independent thinking in a complex world,
  • Development of superior health administration skills,
  • Development of strong health economics/financial skills,
  • Exposure to current health care systems analysis and forecasting

On behalf of the entire health administration faculty and staff, we look forward to your application for the MHA. Sincerely, Tom McIlwain, MPH, PhD Professor and Director - MHA Program