School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration

MHA - Why Study Health Administration at Grand Valley?

The Masters of Health Administration (MPA) prepares graduates for managerial and leadership roles in the challenging and complex field of health care administration. The curriculum develops advanced executive abilities through a combination of core competencies and specialized areas of concentration.

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Why Study Health Administration at Grand Valley?

There are many good reasons to choose Grand Valley for your MHA degree, including its relative affordability, convenient Grand Rapids location, and attractive urban campus. Here are ten more great reasons why the Grand Valley MHA should be your first choice:
  1. The MHA integrates classroom study, applied research, professional development, and field experience.
  2. The MHA develops advanced executive abilities through a combination of core competencies and specialized areas of concentration.
  3. MHA graduates are qualified for management positions with direct health service providers, marketing, human resources, finance, planning in pharmaceutical, medical device and supplies, and insurance companies.
  4. Grand Valley offers research opportunities to all graduate students. Some students will collaborate with faculty on ongoing research projects and other students will find or create research opportunities independently.
  5. Students receive personal attention by faculty in all courses in our student-oriented, teaching-focused program.
  6. Learning takes place using state-of-the-art equipment and instructional materials.
  7. Class sizes are small and there is a nice blend of professional and practical experience, diverse specialties, and immense academic knowledge.
  8. The MHA is the most flexible health-related graduate program at GVSU in terms of course scheduling. We offer MHA courses on the downtown Pew campus at night and on weekends, so they can accommodate most work schedules. We offer a growing number of classes in online and hybrid formats. We offer many popular courses in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer semesters. Students can attend part-time or full-time, adjusting their course loads to fit changing circumstances.
  9. Well-qualified MHA applicants are not required to take standardized tests, which are expensive, yet fallible indicators of academic success. We make admission decisions on a rolling basis, and will inform you of your status a few weeks after your application is complete. We encourage you to apply on time, but we will evaluate your application even if it is late.
  10. The curriculum is delivered by ten academic facility members who have earned Ph.D.s and are actively engaged in research. They are supported by twelve practitioner-faculty members who bring a total of 90 years of real-world experience into our classroom.


Student and Graduate Profile

Tuition and Financial Aid

Degree Requirement (beginning Fall 2014)

Degree Requirements (before Fall 2014)

Employment Outlook


Justin Ott, MHA '11, is currently an analyst with Spectrum Health's 340B Pharmacy Program

Julie Scholten, MHA '12, is currently a project manager at Spectrum Health

Mike Soltis, MHA '09, is currently a data specialist with Metro Health PHO

Chad Yerrick, MHA '12, is currently financial accountant at Grand Rapids Public Schools and a fundraiser for cancer research.


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