Master of Health Administration
OHIO's Master of Health Administration Program is a candidate for accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (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
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.
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.
The MHA is a 36-credit hour program that offers a traditional track and five specializations described below. All students complete nine 3-credit hour courses. Depending upon their chosen track or specialization, students complete an additional three 3-credit hour courses. See Specialization Coursework section for specific courses.
HLTH 6010 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System
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 6350 - Human Resources Leadership in Health Care
HLTH 6380 - Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Care
HLTH 6480 - Ethical Issues in Health Care
The traditional MHA offers a breath of course related to the healthcare industry including epidemiology, health information systems, and an elective option so students can explore a new area or course that is of interest to them.
MHA with a specialization in Leadership
This option is designed to offer high-quality educational opportunities to assist health professionals in leading people more effectively, improving quality and safety, enhancing the patient experience, stimulating financial growth, and further developing a robust organizational culture for staff. Given the current complexity of the healthcare delivery system and its related programs and services, effective leadership is a critical success factor.
MHA with a specialization in Business Analytics
Students gain specialized training in the use of advanced analytical techniques for managerial decision-making. Focus will be placed on managing, processing, and analyzing data in order to address a multitude of business challenges and opportunities. Draws upon a portfolio of methods that include data mining, optimization, and database management so that data can be transformed into information and insights in order for organizations to meet their strategic goals.
MHA with a specialization in Project Management
The Project Management concentration focuses on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), as identified by the Project Management Institute (PMI). This concentration serves as a graduate-level option for working professionals to pursue a graduate educational experience and can augment other graduate experiences at Ohio University.
MHA with a specialization in Aging Studies
This specialization addresses the educational needs of graduate students and professionals not only in healthcare but a variety of disciplines who work with the aging or elderly population. Students gain knowledge and skills related to working with the elderly.
MHA with a specialization in Quality Improvement
Students take a deep dive into the concepts associated with the delivery of quality in the U.S. healthcare system, trends in quality improvement, and Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. This specialization creates a strong foundation in the concepts and interactions of cost, quality, and access to care within the U.S. healthcare system, the theoretical models and transformation of quality improvement over time, the structure, function, and goals of healthcare teams, the fundamental principles of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. These courses cover the body of knowledge for the Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA) exam by American Society for Quality (ASQ).
For each specialization (except the traditional MHA), students earn a graduate certificate after completing the required 9 credit hours of the specialization.
HLTH 6020 - Information Systems for Health Services
*Students choose from the other certificate courses listed below.
IHS 5200 – Foundations of Leadership in Healthcare
MBA 6320 – Descriptive Analytics
PM 6100 - Project Management I
CFS 6890 – Self, Aging, and Society
HLTH 5850 - Quality Improvement in Healthcare Organizations
*HLTH 6100 is already a core course in the MHA curriculum, so students complete an elective course to reach the required 36 credit hours.