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2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
  May 29, 2024
2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Health Services Policy and Management, M.H.A.

The M.H.A. program prepares students for a career in the management of the full range of programs, organizations, and facilities in health services and medical care: acute, post-acute, long-term, and managed care, in the public and private sectors. The M.H.A. is offered in a full-time format for regular students.  Working professionals may complete the program on a part-time basis.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to apply Critical Thinking, Analysis, and Problem-Solving competencies to health services organizations.
  • Students will be able to apply Management and Leadership competencies to health services/organizations.
  • Students will be able to apply Communications and Interpersonal Effectiveness competencies to health services organizations.
  • Students will be able to apply Professionalism and Ethics competencies to health services organizations.
  • Students will be able to apply Population Health Management competencies to health services planning and management, including social determinants of health.

Degree Requirements (58 Hours)

  • Management, 31 Hours
  • Accounting and Finance, 9 Hours
  • Biostatistics and Quantitative Methods, 3 Hours
  • Public Health - PUBH 700, 3 Hours
  • Managerial Epidemiology and Statistics for Healthcare, 3 Hours
  • Health Planning, 3 Hours
  • Approved Elective, 3 Hours
  • Management Residency, 3 Hours

Final Examination:

M.H.A. candidates must complete and submit an acceptable written report on the residency. Approval of the report must be by the faculty advisor, a second reader, and the preceptor at the residency site. An oral presentation of the report is required after the approval of the document. The student must also complete and submit departmental and school evaluations.

Graduate Assistantship

All full-time M.H.A. and M.P.H. students are expected to work as graduate assistants in health service organizations in the community to acquire work experience and enrich the learning process through on-the-job application of concepts and techniques learned in the classroom. To qualify for an assistantship, a student must be fully admitted to a degree program, be enrolled as a full-time student, and maintain a 3.00 GPA.

Dual Degrees (M.S.N./M.P.H., M.S.W./M.P.H., and J.D./M.H.A.)

The Department of Health Services Policy and Management and the School of Nursing, College of Social Work, and School of Law offer coordinated programs that lead to a dual degree. The requirements for the M.P.H. or M.H.A. portion of each dual degree program are the same as shown above. The M.S.N., M.S.W., and J.D. portions of the dual degree programs are determined by the respective schools and college. Some courses do fulfill requirements for both portions of the dual degree. A dual degree program thus typically requires fewer semester hours in total than if the two programs were taken separately.