Health Administration Curriculum

The Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) degree core curriculum integrates fundamental management concepts and health care applications. Specific competency areas include: quantitative analysis; health economics; financial management; health policy; planning and marketing; and health system organization and development. All candidates must complete 54 hours of coursework as described below. (Note: Students with a previously-earned MBA, MPA, MSIE, JD, DO, DDS, OD or MD may be permitted to complete the MHA program with a minimum of 45 credit hours, if prerequisite courses have been completed or waived and if approved by the HSM faculty.)

Prerequisite courses: Students who did not take microeconomics as an undergraduate may complete HMI's online microeconomics module in order to satisfy the pre-requisite. The module is free and available to all admitted students. Students do not receive any academic credit for the module, and must complete the module by the beginning of the Spring semester.

In addition, all students, regardless of undergraduate major and prior coursework, must complete the Introduction to Accountancy and Finance (Health Care Finance Part I) course during their first Fall semester.

Oral Comprehensives. All health administration students are required to complete successfully an oral examination that enables the faculty to evaluate the student's competency in health administration. The evaluation takes place during the student's final semester.

Emphasis Areas. By carefully choosing courses as professional electives, students can create an emphasis area. For instance, a student who wishes to create an emphasis area in Long-Term Care might elect to take Aging in Contemporary Society and Sociology of Aging. A student who wishes to create an emphasis area in Managed Health Care might elect to take Advanced Consumer Behavior and Marketing Strategy. Students do not have to choose an emphasis area, however, three professional electives are required regardless of whether an emphasis area is chosen. All professional electives must be approved in advance by the Director of the HSM Program.

NOTES: Students must complete nine credit hours (three courses) of professional electives. Students may fit the electives into their plan of study however they choose, and have the option to take a professional elective during their first semester.

Example MHA Plan of Study
1st Fall Semester

HMI 7410 - Introduction to the US Health Care System
HMI 7471 - Introduction to Accounting and Finance in Health Care
HMI 8460 - Administration of Health Care Organizations
HMI 8544 - Managerial Epidemiology (Population Health Management)

1st Spring Semester

HMI 8461 - Managing Human Resources in Health Care Organizations
HMI 8524 - Health Economics
HMI 8573 - Decision Making for Health Care Organizations
+2 Professional electives


HMI 8689 - Field Experience in Health Management and Informatics (internship)

2nd Fall Semester

HMI 7430 - Introduction to Health Informatics
HMI 8470 - Strategic Planning and Marketing for Health Care Organizations
HMI 8472 - Financial Management for Health Care Organizations
+1 Professional elective

2nd Spring Semester

HMI 8453 - Executive Management Studies (EMS project)
HMI 8571 - Decision Support in Health Care Systems
HMI 8574 - Health Care Law
HMI 8575 - Health Policy and Politics
Professional Elective - if third elective not already taken