MHA - Program of Study


The MHA degree consists of a minimum of 54 credits for pre-career students, 51 credits for early-career students, and 48 credits for mid-career students. 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).

You should visit your faculty advisor to discuss your program of study before you first register. (Consult Banner to identify your advisor.) Return visits are encouraged, as updating your plan will likely be desirable as you progress through the program.    

The MHA program has the following parts: Core CoursesConcentrations (Hospital Administration, Continuing Care Organization & Administration, Healthcare Finance, Practice ManagementSelf-Directed Concentration), Internships, and Capstone

Core Courses

The program core includes 36 credit hours, as follows:

  • 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



Students select one concentration of 9 credit hours. The prerequisites for the concentration courses are PNH 630 and 611, which may be taken concurrently. The choices of concentration are as follows. Students whose past experience or career plans suggest a benefit to customizing this curriculum should consult with their advisor.

Hospital Administration

Hospital Administration

Students concentrating in hospital administration must complete the following three required courses, for a total of 9 credits.

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

Continuing Care Organization & Administration

Long Term Care Administration

Students concentrating in Continuing Care Organization & Administration must complete the following three required courses.

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

Healthcare Finance

Health Finance

Students concentrating in healthcare finance must complete the three following required courses, for a total of 9 credits.

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

Practice Management


Students concentrating in practice management must complete the following two required courses plus an elective for a total of 9 credits:

  • PNH 637 Practice Management: 3
  • PNH 646 Managerial Epidemiology: 3
  • Elective

Self-directed Concentration

Self Directed Concentration

Students who choose a self-directed concentration must complete:

  • Nine credits selected and pre-approved by their advisor.

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


Prerequisites: PNH 630, PNH 611, and 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.

See the SPNHA internship page for further details.


  • 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.




Healthcare Management


Healthcare Environment - the organization and delivery of healthcare services

Business/Technical - business and technical skills necessary to achieve organizational success

Communications & Interpersonal Effectiveness

Communication - effective oral and written communication skills

Interprofessional Effectiveness - understanding how to work as teams and across professional boundaries

Critical Thinking, Analytics, and Problem Solving

Critical Thinking, Analytics, and Problem Solving - demonstration of critical thinking, problem identification, analysis, and solutions

Professionalism and Ethics


Ethics - demonstration of personal and organizational ethical decision making

Professionalism - plan for continuous professional development, service, and professionalism when addressing community health problems

Management and Leadership

Management and Leadership - demonstrates the ability to vision, develop organizational culture, address organizational change, collaboratively develop plans to address organizational and community health problems

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