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Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

Structure, Pace, Content

Structure: Hybrid Format

Hybrid = synchronous and asynchronous each week

  • Faculty will start each week physically present in a classroom (with Zoom running) for 1-1.5 hours. The rest of the class will consist of asynchronous learning activities.
  • Those who want to attend in person can do so (International students must attend in person 6 credit hours per semester)
  • Those who want to attend on Zoom can do so

Requirements to Apply:


  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • GPA of at least 2.75 for the last 60 hours
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • GRE not required


  • Official TOEFL iBT scores with a minimum 78
  • IELTS scores of 6.5 overall with minimum section scores of 6.0


The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program addresses the following course competencies throughout the curriculum:

MHA Competencies



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CAHME Accredited

Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
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Program Pace

A screenshot of an Excel table showing the MHA course sequence by semester.
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photo of MHA program director, Dr. Zo Ramamonjiarivelo

For More Information Contact

Dr. Zo Ramamonjiarivelo
Associate Professor & MHA Program Coordinator
School of Health Administration
Encino Hall, 256

E-mail: (preferred)
Office Phone: 512.245.3497
Office Fax: 512.245.8712

Course Details

HA 5191 Field Experience Orientation. (1-0) This course will assist the student to prepare for the field experience and to prepare for the comprehensive exam. An extensive orientation to the field experience will be provided to better enable students to move from the classroom setting to a workplace scenario.

HA 5300 Healthcare Organization and Delivery. (3-0) A survey of the organization and delivery of health services focusing on the history and development of health systems as they relate to the overall health and medical care systems. Major attention is given to governing bodies, patient care organizations, and executive management structures.

HA 5301 Healthcare Administration Research Methods. (3-0) A study of research methodology as it pertains to healthcare administration. Included are hypothesis forming, designing research, and the collection, manipulation and analysis of data. Knowledge of numeracy and statistics is essential.

HA 5303 Information Systems Management in Healthcare. (3-0) This course provides a comprehensive introduction to information systems management for healthcare organizations. It covers the determination of information required by whom, design of information flows, procurement of information systems technology resources, assurance of information security, and management of systems integration.

HA 5304 Healthcare Financial Theory. (3-0) A study of financial and economic theories that have an impact upon the healthcare industry. Special emphasis will be placed on emerging financial research and potential policy ramifications in the future.

HA 5311 Trends in Health Administration. (3-0) An in-depth study of singular trend or a related problem being faced by practicing managers in the rapidly changing healthcare industry. Special emphasis will be placed on the topic’s current relevance and its utilitarian value to the participant. Examples of trends, which are typically offered, include trends in rural health, managed care ethical issues, and in total quality management. This course may be repeated for credit with a different subject area.

HA 5316 Healthcare Financial Management. (3-0) An introduction to healthcare financial management including the financial management in healthcare organizations, healthcare payment systems, financing and investment decisions, and financial planning, analysis, and control. Prerequisites: accounting, economics, and statistics.

HA 5321 Healthcare Law. (3-0) An in-depth analysis of healthcare law and its effect on the relationships between the patient, the patient’s family, the provider, and other interested third parties. Analysis of cases is the primary method of study.

HA 5325 Advanced Patient Care Management and Quality Improvement in Health Care. (3-0) A study of alternative delivery systems, managed care organizations, consumer-driven healthcare and the quality movement in health care. Quality management will be explored with special attention given to the quality management process, the role of outcomes, the characteristics, uses, and sources of quality standards, and risk management and information management.

HA 5334 Operational Decision Making for Healthcare Managers. (3-0) An introduction to the fundamentals of selected operations research techniques essential to the analysis of healthcare managerial problem situations, the design of new and improved systems, and the implementation of systems to achieve desired systems performance.

HA 5335 Public Health for Healthcare Administrators. (3-0) This course introduces the healthcare manager to public health and its role in preventing illnesses and improving the health of the community. Students will learn of the role of the manager in disease prevention and how to participate and lead community efforts for the wellness of the community.

HA 5346 Healthcare Strategic Management. (3-0) Examination of planning theory and techniques within the context of healthcare management practices. A fundamental management function, students learn basic planning concepts, specific methods, and current practices. Students develop skills by analysis of a major case, reports on planning theory and methods, and by traditional testing methods.

HA 5355 Human Services Management in Healthcare Facilities. (3-0) A study of personnel administration in the healthcare facility and the environment in which it functions. Emphasis will be on the role of the Personnel Office in forecasting, developing, and managing human resources, in addition to a review of current legislation affecting the personnel function.

HA 5356 Policy Development in Healthcare Arena. (3-0) Prospective healthcare administrators analyze changing healthcare paradigm to determine decision-points where policies can be affected. Course allows students to apply existing skills to real world policy issues at state and national levels and to analyze policy development from numerous stakeholders’ viewpoints.

HA 5362 Healthcare Organizational Behavior/Theory. (3-0) This course is a study of theory and concepts drawn from the behavioral and social sciences. These concepts are applied as a foundation and conceptual framework for the analysis, diagnosis, prediction and guidance of human behavior in healthcare organizations.

HA 5371 Marketing of Health Services. (3-0) A study of marketing functions and principles as they relate to the healthcare delivery system. Analysis of marketing concepts such as market segmentation, marketing planning, marketing audit, marketing positioning, and marketing mix will be discussed.

HA 5375 Healthcare Accounting. (3-0) An introduction to financial accounting in healthcare with an emphasis on the preparation of non-profit financial statements for healthcare service organizations, control procedures for healthcare entities, and accounting issues unique to the healthcare industry. This course does not count for graduate degree credit. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (PR) basis.


Final term:

HA 5840 Administrative Internship. (0-40) A one semester, full-time field experience, which provides a limited rotation and special projects. Designed for the student with prior work experience in healthcare.


HA 5450 Administrative Residency. (0-40) A part-time field experience (2 semesters), which provides an extensive rotation and special projects. Designed for the student with no prior work experience in healthcare. Student must be enrolled in the course for the duration of the field experience. Repeatable for credit.

OR, for those with HA experience

HA 5640 Administrative Practicum. (0-20) A one semester, part-time field experience, which provides an orientation to the organization and special projects. Designed for the student already working full-time in healthcare.

OR, for those pursuing education

HA 5399A Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis in Health Administration 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.

HA 5399B Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.