Master of Health Administration
If you aspire to be in a leadership role within the health care industry, consider earning your Master of Health Administration (MHA) at USAHS. You’ll learn new management strategies and gain the practical skills you need to effect change in operations, finance, research, policy, and other key aspects of health care organizations.
Welcome to the MHA Program
Kathy H. Wood, PhD, FHFMA
Job prospects are bright in the growing field of health administration: Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all professions.* Graduates of our MHA program will be prepared to take on a management role in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and managed care facilities, where they can make a positive impact on organizational efficiency and patient care.
USAHS’s MHA program stands apart for its emphasis on interprofessional education and real-world case-based learning. It is delivered online, giving you the flexibility to advance your credentials and expertise without taking time away from your career. The program includes an optional four-day on-campus residency that you can experience at one of USAHS’s four campuses.
- The 37-credit hour program includes 31 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of elective courses.
- Apply your knowledge and gain real-world experience with an optional internship, which complements the capstone course.
- We offer three timeframes for completing the MHA. The standard course-based program can be completed in 2 years; the accelerated course-based option in 1 year, 8 months; and the accelerated competency-based program in 1 year, 4 months.
- Learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields.
- Earn your degree entirely online, or meet your classmates and faculty at an on-campus residency, F2F lectures, discussion groups, and more.
Interprofessional Healthcare Education
In our interprofessional education (IPE) courses, students from various health care professions learn together and address patient care issues from multiple perspectives. Students participate in discussions and team projects with professionals enrolled in other USAHS programs: physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, nurses, and educators, which simulates how healthcare is practiced in actual clinical settings. Our MHA is one of the few programs in the country that offers this level of IPE for future healthcare administrators.
The MHA program teaches critical thinking skills through several practical learning methodologies.
Simulation tools: Interactive video simulations provide an innovative, real-life way for you to analyze case studies and hypothetical challenges faced by healthcare administrators. You can see the simulated impact of your decisions in real time.
Internship/capstone combination: In your optional internship, you will apply your classroom knowledge to questions of practical delivery and administration of healthcare services. You will identify significant problems in the administration of health services, then propose a solution using scholarship, consultation, and application, combining scholarly work with experiential learning. Your internship culminates in a capstone project in which you will present an executive report and recommendation.
Case-based Teaching: Case studies are integrated throughout the curriculum in a variety of ways: traditional and simulated. Students will participate in case study competitions, including the option to participate in a national competition.
Industry connectivity: You will make valuable connections with your fellow students, who are professionals in the field. You will also meet leaders in the healthcare industry who deliver guest lectures and participate in quarterly “Let’s Break to Educate” panel discussions. You are encouraged to participate in professional organizations, the optional residencies, and field experiences to enhance your industry connections.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited Sept. 26, 2017).