Graduate Catalog: 2021-22

Healthcare Administration MHA

The College of Adult and Distance Education (CADE) offers an online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), which is designed to support the professional development of healthcare professionals. Successfully addressing the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim of improving population health and patients’ experience of care while reducing the per capita cost of health services requires specialized competencies. The MHA degree at the University of Saint Francis offers healthcare professionals the unique opportunity to develop these competencies in an environment that goes beyond the business aspect of healthcare administration to incorporate reflection on healthcare administration as a ministry.

The combination of a competency-based approach with an emphasis on the healing mission of healthcare equips healthcare professionals to identify innovative ways to improve healthcare delivery systems to provide patients with health and pastoral care. The competencies addressed in the MHA program are based on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s (NCHL) Competency Model, which addresses those competencies needed by all healthcare administrators, regardless of their field.

The key competency domains are:

  • Values
  • Execution – Communication and Critical Thinking
  • Relations – Collaboration and Leadership
  • Transformation – Strategic Analysis
  • Health System Awareness – knowledge of healthcare systems, finance, and resources

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 effectively apply leadership skills and competencies in healthcare organizations.
  • Students construct, plan, implement, and evaluate innovative strategic solutions for healthcare organizations.

Degree Requirements

The MHA is a flexible degree with six start dates and it can be completed in 12 to 24 months. The program is 36 credit hours with 27 hours of core MHA courses and nine hours of concentration courses. The concentrations (listed below) are designed to allow MHA students to personally and professionally tailor their degree to their current career needs or future career aspirations.

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

  • 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: (Choose one concentration)
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • BUS 567 Corporate Care and Responsibility
    • BUS 577 Strategic Organizational Design
    • SUS 550 Foundations of Sustainability
  • Healthcare Management
    • MHA 561-Negotiation and Conflict Management
    • MHA 580-Healthcare Marketing
    • MHA 595-Principles of Managed Care
  • Healthcare Operations
    • MGMT 555-Business Analytics
    • MHA 585-Healthcare Informatics
    • MHA 590-Healthcare Operations Management
  • Marketing
    • MKT 550-Brand Management
    • MKT 570-Consumer Behavior Management
    • MKT 580-Market Intelligence
  • Operations Management
    • BUS 538-Operations Management I
    • BUS 539-Operations Management II
    • MGMT 560-Production Analytics
  • Supply Chain Management
    • BUS 584-Principles of Supply Chain Management
    • BUS 587-Supply Chain Procurement
    • MGMT 555-Business Analytics

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 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.