Graduate Catalog: 2020-21

Healthcare Administration MHA

The College of Adult and Distance Education offers an online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), which can be completed in 12 to 24 months. The online MHA is an immersive program with a qualitative and quantitative healthcare administration and business focus utilizing a case-based, problem solving methodology that enables personal and professional transformation. The program is 36 hours with 27 hours of core MHA courses and nine hours of concentration courses.

The concentrations are student selected; however, the core MHA courses are mandatory and program specific. The MHA program core is centered around the four pillars of Healthcare Administration: U.S. Healthcare Delivery Systems, Population Health Management, Principles of Managed Care, and Quality Management in Healthcare. In focusing on business and personal values-based decision making, you will study the real-world issues that impact the business environment while building leadership skills and learning valuable team-building proficiency.

This degree was designed to address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and to enhance the student-centered focus of the College of Adult and Distance Education by supporting the professional development of healthcare professionals. The MHA program allows students to personally and professionally tailor their degree to their current career needs or future career aspirations. The program is specifically focused on providing a student with a competitive, realistic, and professionally compatible core to increase their professional and personal leadership and management potential.

The MHA trains students to:

  • Gain a sound base of knowledge about various administrative functional areas to enhance their understanding of complex healthcare systems.
  • Enhance their ability to approach complex problems systematically and imaginatively to develop effective solutions.
  • Prepare for assuming positions of increased managerial/administrative responsibility and contributing to the creation of a high performing workplace.
  • Expand capacity to perceive and adjust to changing healthcare organizational environments.
  • Enhance confidence and expertise to make decisions in the face of ambiguity or conflicting information.
  • Obtain a set of skills that would contribute to a greater sense of fulfillment and accomplishment in addressing personal and organizational goals.

The healthcare industry is experiencing dynamic changes and reliable growth, and professionals need the skills and development to stay on the cutting edge. The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) draws on expertise of the College of Adult and Distance Education to support healthcare professionals with training and practical experiences directly related to on-the-job challenges. USF uniquely prepares students in the theories that inform business and healthcare administration, the issues and best practices in the field, plus the practical experiences that make them more effective healthcare leaders.

Through the MHA completion track, the MHA degree is also available to students who have already earned an MBA.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students assess, analyze, and synthesize data/information relevant to the delivery of efficient and effective healthcare services.
  • Students integrate Franciscan Values, Catholic Social Teaching, and Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services in decision making for healthcare administration.
  • Students analyze legal and compliance issues and policies in the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Students evaluate evidence-based data to support and manage quality and performance measures within the healthcare delivery system.
  • Students effectively apply leadership skills and competencies in healthcare organizations.
  • Students construct, plan, implement, and evaluate innovative strategic solutions for healthcare organizations.

Degree Requirements

  • Master of Healthcare Administration Online requires 36 credit hours.
  • MBA to MHA Completion Track requires 24 credit hours in addition to 12 credit hours achieved through an MBA program.

Program of Studies

  • 27 MHA core hours: BUS 555, MHA 510, MHA 520, MHA 545, MHA 560, MHA 570, MHA 575, MHA 595, MHA 599
  • 24 MBA to MHA Completion hours: MHA 520, MHA 545, MHA 560, MHA 566, MHA 570, MHA 575, MHA 595, MHA 599
  • Concentrations of nine (9) hours:
    • Business Process Management: BUS 531, BUS 538, BUS 539
    • Environmental Health: EHS 525, EHS 535, EHS 545
    • General: BUS 586 and any two concentration course electives
    • Healthcare Management: MKT 540 or MHA 580, MHA 566, BUS 531
    • Healthcare Operations: MHA 580, MHA 585, MHA 590
    • Healthcare Services: MHA 520, MHA 560, MHA 575
    • Higher Education Administration: BUS 510, BUS 558, BUS 564
    • International Business and Economics: BUS 562, BUS 574, BUS 582
    • Management Information Systems: MGMT 540, MGMT 545, MGMT 550
    • Marketing: MKT 550, MKT 570, MKT 580
    • Nonprofit Organizational Management: BUS 561, BUS 563, BUS 564
    • Sustainability: EHS 550, EHS 555, EHS 560

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MHA program must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale or a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • If the cumulative GPA is below 2.75, applicants must complete directed essay questions, which will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Council for admission consideration.
  • If the bachelor’s degree was from a non-regionally accredited institution, the applicant must take the GMAT or GRE for admission consideration. GMAT scores of 500 or GRE scores of 300 or above are required for admission.

To apply for the Master of Healthcare Administration Online, students must:

  • Submit an online application for admission.
  • Submit official transcript(s) for the most recent bachelor or graduate degree conferred.
  • Transcripts are official only if sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the registrar of the institution attended.
  • Submit a current résumé.

Note:  Transcripts will be evaluated for evidence of basic knowledge of Common Professional Competencies.  Based on this review, completion of appropriate course pre-requisites may be required.