MHA Curriculum

The primary purpose of the MHA Program is to provide graduate-level education that equips students with relevant and transferable competencies, knowledge and values required for progressively complex leadership roles in organizations across the health industry spectrum. The MHA curriculum requires 60 credits of full-time study, conducted over two academic years, including a full-time Management Residency experience. The curriculum consists 50 required credits and 10 elective credits. The required courses consist of a broad array of courses in health system organization and management, health policy and economics, leadership, and professional development activities, as well as Graduate School of Public Health core courses. The normal sequence for full-time students consists of:

Fall Semester, Year 1 (14 credits total)

  • HPM 2012 Financial Management Foundations for Healthcare & Public Health (3 credits)
  • HPM 2020 Professional Development Seminar (1 credit)
  • HPM 2028 Microeconomics Applied to Health (3 credits)
  • HPM 2049 Human Resource Management for Healthcare and Public Health Professionals (2 credits)
  • HPM 2105 Intro to US Healthcare Delivery Systems 1 (1 credit)
  • HPM 2108 Leadership (1 credit)
  • HPM 2207 Quality Assessment & Managing Patient Safety (3 credits)
  • PUBHLT 2022 The Dean’s Public Health Grand Rounds (0 credits)

Spring Semester, Year 1 (16 credits total)

  • BIOST 2011 Principles of Statistical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • HPM 2014 Applications & Issues in Financial Management of Health Care Organizations (3 credits)
  • HPM 2021 Professional Development Seminar (1 credit)
  • HPM 2029 Health Management Information Systems (2 credits)
  • HPM 2106 Intro to US Healthcare Delivery Systems 2 (1 credit)
  • HPM 2141 Managerial Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • HPM 2216 Health Insurance: Financing Health Care (3 credits)
  • PUBHLT 2022 The Dean’s Public Health Grand Rounds (0 credits)

Fall Semester, Year 2 (15 credits total)

  • HPM 2017 Quantitative Methods in Health Care (3 credits)
  • HPM 2115 Management Residency Report & Presentation (1 credit)
  • HPM 2130 Health Law and Ethics (2 credits)
  • HPM 2145 Marketing Health Care & Business Planning (3 credits)
  • HPM 2220 Cost Effectiveness Analysis (1 credit)
  • Electives (5 credits)

Spring Semester, Year 2 (15 credits total)

  • HPM 2010 Organization Studies: Theory/Applications in Healthcare (3 credits)
  • HPM 2037 Master's Essay Oral Presentation and Submission (1 credit)
  • HPM 2150 Strategic Management of Health Services Organizations & Health Policy (3 credits)
  • PUBHLT 2011 Essentials of Public Health (3 credits)
  • Electives (5 credits)

For a complete list of course descriptions, please refer to the attached Course Descriptions file.

Teaching and Learning Methods

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods, designed to move students away from passively listening, reading, and watching (like, for most, the undergraduate experience). Our curriculum moves toward more of an active-learning experience, where students learn by actively rolling up their sleeves working collaboratively in groups (like what you'll experience in the workforce). While early classes do utilize lower-level teaching and learning methods (lectures, readings, etc.), our curriculum uses mostly higher-level teaching and learning. Some examples of the higher-level teaching and learning methods that we use include external field experiences, team-based learning, case studies, live cases with guest practitioners, use of real-world data, in-class presentations, class discussions, reflective learning, and strategic/consulting projects. 

Assessment Methods

Likewise, we also use a variety of assessment methods, designed to move students away from static assessments and towards dynamic assessments, where you continue learning while being assessed. While some of our early classes do utilize lower-level assessment methods designed to measure knowledge and skill attainment (papers, exams, etc.), our curriculum uses mostly higher-level assessment methods. Some examples of the higher-level assessment methods that we use include experiential reports/portfolios, journals, self-assessments, peer assessments, preceptor/practitioner assessments, team effectiveness assessments, project review and feedback, case review and feedback, etc.