The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) has identified essential competencies for the healthcare executive within five major domains: communication and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the healthcare environment, and business skills and knowledge.
Reflecting the ACHE competencies, the online master of health administration (MHA) will prepare graduates for leadership roles in dynamic and rapidly changing U.S. healthcare systems. Students will acquire communication, quantitative analysis, critical thinking, and management skills as well as an in-depth understanding of essential topics such as health law, financial management, research, and operations within an array of health delivery settings. Taught by accomplished and experienced faculty, this 36 credit-hour graduate program is offered online to accommodate the diverse needs of our student body. Utilizing didactic instruction, case studies, experiential learning, skills training, and other methodology, the curriculum will engage students to generate solutions to real-world problems in the healthcare industry.
Upon graduation, students will be able to:
- Explain the main functions of U.S. healthcare delivery, including financing, insurance, delivery settings, and workforce needs
- Utilize standards of communication appropriate in professional healthcare environments
- Use data and evidence to make decisions toward improving organizational performance
- Apply accounting principles in budget management and conducting financial analyses to
- Use epidemiological methods and health indicators to assess population health and prepare the health system to respond to community health needs
- Discuss federal, state, and local laws and regulations impacting the delivery of health services
- Analyze improvement
- Understand organizational behavior and human resource management principles necessary to engage and motivate individual employees and teams toward executing