Master of Health Administration
Impact the health care industry with an MHA degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS). Health care organizations such as hospitals, nursing homes, and group medical practices are in need of leaders who can affect change in operations, finance, research, policy, and other important functions. In fact, according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services.“* Our program focuses on developing elite leaders who can apply critical thinking skills to solve complex health care issues and be successful in this rapidly growing field.
Welcome to the MHA Program
Kathy H. Wood, PhD, FHFMA
As a student in USAHS’s MHA degree program, you will learn critical skills through team-centered activities, problem-based cases and exercises, simulation exercises, consulting projects, presentations and evidence-informed decision-making. The program focuses on industry-relevant topics such as contemporary leadership roles, strategic vision and planning, and evidence-based leadership in health care. Students will also experience collaboration with clinicians throughout their entire program in our Interprofessional Education (IPE) courses and shared courses, making this one of the few programs that offer this level of IPE for future healthcare administrators. Other courses will cover advanced health care administration built on competencies already achieved in your current profession.
Graduates of the MHA degree program will be prepared to run a health care business, manage a health care department, lead operations within a health care organization, and much more. If you aspire to a leadership role to make a positive impact on the health care industry, the Master of Health Administration at University of St. Augustine may be right for you.
- The 36-credit hour program can be completed in 2 years. Students take 30 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of elective courses.
- Learn through a curriculum from faculty who are leaders in their fields.
- Complete an optional externship that supplements what you have learned in the program with real-world experience in a health care organization.
- Earn your degree entirely online or benefit from on-campus workshops, course work and more.
The MHA program can be completed entirely online, providing the opportunity for working health care practitioners or administrators to obtain advanced credentials and expertise. The program includes an optional four-day on-campus residency which can be experienced at any of USAHS’s four campuses.
As a USAHS student, you also can take advantage of a variety of extracurricular activities such as journal clubs, group projects, dynamic discussion groups, campus wellness events, and guest lectures at any of the University’s campus locations. In addition, online courses, optional residency experiences, and learning resources can be accessed 24/7 – providing the flexibility to fit the busy schedules working professionals must manage.
Interprofessional Healthcare Education
The USAHS Masters in Health Administration program emphasizes interprofessional education, enabling students from various health care professions to learn together and address patient care issues from multiple perspectives. You will participate in discussions and projects with other health care professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, nurses, health care administrators, and educators. Through this interprofessional approach, you will contribute and share your experience and perspective on health care problems and issues, and you’ll benefit from the input of other health care professionals enrolled in USAHS programs. Throughout the program, you will develop the necessary skills to be an effective leader, shaping the future of the healthcare industry.
* 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 August 30, 2016).