MHA - Degree Requirements

The program consists of a total of 48 to 54 credit hours depending on student status.

Student status is determined after program entry. Students are classified as pre-career (little or no experience working in the field of healthcare), early career (some experience working in the field of healthcare but little or no management experience) and mid-career (several years’ experience working in the field of healthcare and currently holding a management position in the field).

  • Pre-career students must complete 54 credits (including 6 internship credits)
  • Early-career students must complete 51 credits (including 3 internship credits)
  • Mid-career students must complete 48 credits.

Required Core Credits: 36

  • PNH 611 Research Methods Credits: 3
  • PNH 612 Human Resources Credits: 3
  • PNH 614 Organization Theory Credits: 3
  • PNH 630 Health Administration Credits: 3
  • PNH 631 US Health Politics & Policy Credits: 3
  • PNH 632 Health Services Finance Credits: 3
  • PNH 633 Health Economics Credits: 3
  • PNH 634 Healthcare Law & Ethics Credits: 3
  • PNH 636 Healthcare Quality Improvement Credits: 3
  • PNH 640 Marketing Health & Human Services Credits: 3
  • PNH 643 Strategic Management & Planning Credits: 3
  • CIS 665 Clinical Information Systems Credits: 3

Concentrations Credits: 9

There are three concentrations available, one in hospital administration, one in long term care administration and one self-directed concentration for mid-career students. The prerequisites for the concentration courses are PNH 630 and 611, which may be taken concurrently.

(A) Hospital Administration

  • PNH 635 Hospital Administration Credits: 3
  • PNH 639 Community Benefit Analysis & Management Credits: 3
  • PNH 646 Managerial Epidemiology Credits: 3

(B) Long Term Care Administration

  • PNH 638 Long Term Care Administration Credits: 3
  • PNH 645 Aging & Society Credits: 3
  • PNH 646 Managerial Epidemiology Credits: 3

(C) Health Finance 

  • PNH 646 Managerial Epidemiology for Health Administrators: 3
  • ACC 611 Contemporary Managerial Accounting: 3
  • FIN 626  Advanced Managerial Finance OR ECO 641 - Business Economics and Strategy: 3

(D) Self-directed Concentration

  • Nine credits selected and pre-approved by adviser. Internship Credits: 0-6

Special topics courses (PNH 680) or other graduate-level courses may be substituted for concentration courses with advisor’s permission.

Internship Credits: 0 to 6

Prerequisites: PNH 630 and 611 one additional core course.

PNH 690 and PNH 691 are required for students with less than 3 years of professional experience. Early and mid-career students may, based on health care management experience, have one or both internships waived.

  • Pre-career students must complete two internships, PNH 690 and PNH 691 (for a total of 6 credits)
  • Early-career students must complete one internship, PNH 690 (3 credits)
  • Mid-career students are not required to complete an internship.

Internship Information

Internship waiver request form

Capstone Credits: 3

Prerequisite: At least 30 credits completed. When possible, the capstone course should be taken in the last semester of study.

  • PNH 619 - Management Seminar. This is the capstone course for the MHA program. It may be substituted with PNH 693 – Research Project with the approval of the MHA coordinator and the consent of a faculty advisor to supervise the project.

 

Stefanie Muscat

Stefanie Muscat (MHA '13) is a recruiting manager for Metron Integrated Health Systems. 

Chad Yerrick

Chad Yerrick (MHA '12) is a senior financial analyst at Spectrum Health.