MHA - Degree Requirements (pre-Fall 2015)
The MHA. degree consists of a minimum of 42 credit hours for in-service students and 45 credit hours for pre-career students. For this purpose, in-service is defined as having three years of professional experience prior to being admitted into the program.
Core Level I
Twelve credits earned in four courses:
- PNH 630: Health Administration and Services
- PNH 611: Research Methods
- PNH 612: Human Resources in Organizations
- PNH614: Organization Theory
Core Level II
Twelve credits earned in four courses. PNH 630 is a prerequisite for these courses, but may be taken concurrently.
- PNH 631: U.S. Health Policy and Politics
- PNH 632: Health Services Financial Management
- PNH 633: Health Economics
- PNH 634: Health Care Law and Ethics
Level III: Specializations
Fifteen credits in five courses.
- PNH 643: Strategic Management and Planning
- PNH 635: Hospital Organization and Management
- PNH 638: Long Term Care Organization and Management
- PNH 640: Marketing Health and Human Services
- PNH 645: Aging in Society: Concepts, Controversies, and Challenges for Public Service Administrators
- PNH 646: Managerial Epidemiology for Health Administrators
- PNH 616: Policy Analysis
- PNH 644: GIS in Public Service
Level IV: Capstone
Six credits in two classes.
- PNH 690: Internship (Fall, Winter, and Summer)
- PNH 619: Management Seminar (Fall and Winter)
Pre-career students are required to take at least three internship credits (PNH 690 - Public Administration Internship I). Three internship credits normally equates to 300 hours (20 hours per week for 15 weeks). Internships must be pre-approved by the SPNHA internship coordinator. An internship is a course jointly sponsored by SPNHA and a public or nonprofit agency. Through an internship, a student is able to earn graduate credit by serving as an assistant, aide, or apprentice. See the SPNHA internship page for further details.
Students choose 9 credit hours from an array of electives.
PNH-related course work: Electives can be PNH classes from other concentrations, classes from other graduate programs at GVSU, or relevant classes from graduate programs at other accredited universities. These classes must be related to a student's career objectives.
Workshops: Students may take up to three hours of workshop credit (PNH 550-553 - Public Administration Workshops).
Directed Readings: Students may take up to three hours of PNH 699 - Directed Readings. Directed Readings allow a student to receive academic credit for a relevant, graduate-level course of study for which there is no graduate course available at GVSU. Before registration, the topic, amount of credit to be earned, reading list, assignments, and evaluation criteria are mutually agreed to by the initiating student and the assenting faculty member, consistent with standards of graduate scholarship.
Second Internship: Pre-career students may take a second three credits of internship (PNH 691 - Public Administration Internship II) in addition to the three required. Internships must be pre-approved by the SPNHA internship coordinator.
Thesis: Students who opt to do a Master's Thesis (see below) will use three of the required six credits of PNH 695 toward fulfilling the elective requirement.
PNH 619 - Management Seminar: Most students take PNH 619 - Management Seminar in their last semester. PNH 619 is not offered in Spring/Summer, so it must be taken during Winter term if a student plans to graduate in August.
PNH 695 - Master's Thesis: Students pursuing policy expertise or those considering going on in doctoral studies may opt to take six hours of Thesis (PNH 695 - Master's Thesis). A Thesis can replace PNH 619 as the required capstone course for the MPA. A Thesis must follow university guidelines.
PNH 693 - Research Project: An exit project (PNH 693 - Research Project) may also serve as the capstone experience. Before registration, the topic, amount of credit to be earned, reading list, assignments, and evaluation criteria are mutually agreed to by the initiating student and the assenting faculty member, consistent with standards of graduate scholarship.
Amy (LaBarge) Majeski (MHA '11) has been a nurse manager with Spectrum Health since April 2011.
Chad Yerrick (MHA '12) is currently a financial accountant at Grand Rapids Public Schools and a fundraiser for cancer research.