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, Long Term Care Administration, Health FinanceSelf-Directed Concentration), Internships, and Capstone

Core Courses

The program core includes 36 credit hours, as follows:

  • PA 611 Research Methods Credits: 3
  • PA 612 Human Resources Credits: 3
  • PA 614 Organization Theory Credits: 3
  • PA 630 Health Administration Credits: 3
  • PA 631 US Health Politics & Policy Credits: 3
  • PA 632 Health Services Finance Credits: 3
  • PA 633 Health Economics Credits: 3
  • PA 634 Healthcare Law & Ethics Credits: 3
  • PA 636 Healthcare Quality Improvement Credits: 3
  • PA 640 Marketing Health & Human Services Credits: 3
  • PA 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 PA 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

This concentration focuses on those competencies required for administrative positions within a variety of Healthcare institutions.

Hospital Administration

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

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

Long Term Care Administration

This concentration focuses on those competencies required for administrative positions within a long term care facilities and organizations.

Long Term Care Administration

Students concentrating in Long Term Care Administration must complete the following three required courses.

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

Health Finance

This concentration focuses on competencies required for working in finance related positions within healthcare organizations.

Health Finance

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

  • PA 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

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


Prerequisites: PA 630, PA 611, and one additional core course.

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

See the SPNHA internship page for further details.


  • PA 619 - Management Seminar

This is the capstone course for the MHA program. It may be substituted with PA 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