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Master of Health Administration


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OHIO's Master of Health Administration Program is a candidate for accreditation through the (CAHME). 

Candidate status is an indication that a program in healthcare management has voluntarily committed to participate in a plan of self-improvement and is actively progressing toward the status of accreditation. Candidate status is not accredited status and does not guarantee eventual accredited status.

About the MHA Program

There are two options for students interested in completing their MHA at Ohio University:

  • Fully online part-time option – two years (MH8157)
  • Fully online full-time option – one year

Admission Schedule

Fully online part-time option – two years (MH8157)

  • Admission in Fall, Spring, and Summer
  • Application deadlines throughout the year, generally at the end of the semester
  • Students complete 1 three-credit hour course per term, 2 per semester
  • Students can complete the MHA in 2 years (6 semesters)

Fully online full-time option – one year

  • Fall admission only (start date of Fall 2022)
  • Application deadline – July 31
  • Students complete 2 three-credit hour courses per term, 4 per semester
  • Students can complete the MHA in 1 year (3 semesters - Fall, Spring, Summer)

Program Overview

The mission of the rigorous, comprehensive, and fully online master of health administration (MHA) program is to prepare innovative, knowledgeable, and skilled leaders who strive to improve the U.S. health care system while continuing to advance their careers. Oriented exclusively to students who are experienced, mid-career, health professionals, the MHA online program extends Ohio University’s quality and tradition beyond its walls. It focuses on content essential to leadership in the health care industry and on the development of skills to solve complex problems, identify and communicate with various stakeholders, maximize teamwork, and meet organizational goals.

The MHA online degree program prepares mid-career, experienced professionals for leadership positions in a variety of U.S. health organizations. The MHA program prepares strategic leaders who can offer solutions to health care challenges – today and into the future. The program is delivered entirely online.

Students taking a normal load of two courses per term will complete the program in two years.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to apply financial management concepts and tools to sustain organizational viability while protecting the quality of care.
  • Students will be able to analyze legal, ethical and public policy challenges in the leadership of health care organizations.
  • Students will be able to recommend resources based on research, epidemiological, and evaluation concepts and tools.
  • Students will be able to apply principles of organizational behavior and development to optimize workforce performance and aid problem identification, solution proposal, and change and conflict management.
  • Students will be able to execute strategic planning and market analysis to lead stakeholders to a common vision that manages the quality of care and supports strategic goals.

Admission Requirements

  • Entrance Examinations Required/Recommended: English Language Testing when English is not a first language (1. IELTS 8.0 minimum across all bands; 2. TOEFL 100 (iBT) minimum, 26 minimum on Writing Section)
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00
  • Coursework Required: Statistics, Financial accounting with a grade of ‘B’ or better or completion of approved non-credit courses which can be taken after admission.
  • Resume or Vitae
  • A letter of reference
  • Professional Statement - Statement should detail purpose and goals (250-500 words) identifying  skills, career and educational accomplishments, and professional plans and why the Ohio University
  • MHA online program is the right educational path.
  • Preferred: at least two years of recent, professional, full-time experience in the US health care system.
International Students

This program does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to the program.



There are 12 three-credit-hour courses that constitute the MHA program. Eleven of the courses are required and one is an elective. For the elective option, the university has several graduate certificates from which the students can choose a course. Students have the option of adding the graduate certificate to their degree plan. Most graduate certificates consist of 3 three-credit-hour courses.

Required Courses:

HLTH 6010 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System

HLTH 6020 - Information Systems for Health Services

HLTH 6030 - Leadership of Health Organizations

HLTH 6080 - Health Policy

HLTH 6100 - Evaluation and Quality Improvement in Health Care

HLTH 6210 - Health Care Finance

HLTH 6280 - Health Law

HLTH 6300 - Epidemiology in Health Administration

HLTH 6350 - Human Resources Leadership in Health Care

HLTH 6380 - Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Care

HLTH 6480 - Ethical Issues in Health Care

Elective Course:

In addition to the above courses, students choose 1 three-credit-hour elective course.

    • Graduate certificate options are available
    • Healthcare Leadership
    • Veterans Health
    • Health Policy
    • Health Informatics
    • Project Management

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