The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) is conferred by the David Eccles School of Business and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
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Minimum Master Hours: 59
Minimum Dual Degree Hours: 71 - 86
The CAHME-accredited Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree at the David Eccles School of Business prepares students for success in administrative positions in both the private and public sectors of the healthcare industry, including healthcare delivery, public health, and health policy.
The MHA is offered as an individual graduate degree and as a dual degree with MBA, PMBA, MPH, and MPA. The minimum credit hours range from 59 for the individual degree to 71 for the MPH/MHA, 71 for the MPA/MHA, 78 for the PMBA/MHA and 86 for the MBA/MHA. All programs offer a mix of day and evening classes.
The MHA program’s mission is to build foundations for healthcare leadership by providing students with the leadership skills and technical tools to improve the human condition across a broad spectrum of healthcare institutions. The program competencies include leadership and ethics, communication, relationship management, strategic and analytical thinking skills, and business fundamentals, all skills necessary for increasingly responsible leadership roles in healthcare.
Students applying for the MHA as a single degree must submit an application to DESB Admissions for fall semester. Students applying to one of the MHA dual degree programs must complete two applications, one for the MHA and one for the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), or Master of Public Health (MPH). Students already admitted to one of the joint programs may apply to the MHA in Fall and Spring terms. For additional information on the admissions process, please visit the MHA Program Admissions website: http://eccles.utah.edu/programs/master-of-healthcare-administration/admissions/
The quality of our student body speaks volumes about the quality of our MHA program. At the David Eccles School of Business, while we don’t require any specific educational background for prospective MHA students, we do look for accomplished individuals with a demonstrated commitment to healthcare through volunteer or work experience in a healthcare setting, plus intellectual curiosity and potential for leadership.
- All MHA students must complete: (i) MHA core course requirements, (ii) MHA specific area requirements and (iii) for dual degrees, the requirements of their home degree program.
- Neither degree is awarded until all degree requirements for both degrees are completed.
The MHA is offered as a single degree and as a dual degree.
The MHA single degree is a full-time program and can be completed in two years. Students in the MHA program can expect challenging coursework designed to advance their skills in business disciplines with a focus on the healthcare industry. The program of study includes an MHA cohort series and an administrative internship. Students exit the program prepared to accept leadership roles in healthcare administration.
The MHA dual degrees use a unique format; this format gives our students a leg up in the competitive healthcare field, as they graduate with an increased depth of knowledge in business, policy, or public health. There are four MHA dual degree programs available: MBA/MHA (full - time), PMBA/MHA (part - time), MPA/MHA, and MPH/MHA.
MHA/MBA - Master of Business Administration. This full-time option prepares students for administrative positions in hospitals, large clinics, extended care facilities, clinical and reference laboratories, as well as for positions in healthcare consulting and with vendors, such as those providing information technology to healthcare organizations.
Students begin the program in the fall semester by taking the MBA core curriculum along with other first-year MBA students. During spring semester students take the remainder of the MBA core curriculum, as well as electives which may include classes that satisfy MHA requirements. During the remaining semesters, students take a mix of MBA and MHA courses. Students will complete the requirements for both degrees with approximately 86 credit hours taken over three years.
MHA/PMBA - (Professional) Master of Business Administration. Designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, this part-time option prepares students for administrative positions in hospitals, large clinics, extended care facilities, clinical and reference laboratories, as well as for positions in healthcare consulting and with vendors, such as those providing information technology services to healthcare organizations.
Students can complete the program in three years by following an aggressive schedule. Students enrolled in the dual-degree program are expected to take courses during the summer semesters. Students will complete the PMBA portion of the dual-degree program during the first two years, and take MHA courses in their third year, completing 78 credit hours in the process.
MHA/MPH - Master of Public Health. This option prepares students for positions as program managers and health services researchers in state and local health departments, public health advocacy groups and healthcare delivery organizations, such as the Veterans’ Administration Healthcare System and military healthcare facilities.
Students can complete the program in approximately three years. Students will complete the requirements for both degrees with approximately 71 credit hours. Students can choose to enroll full-time or part-time, but must complete the degree within 6 years. Students wishing to pursue this dual degree may begin the MHA program in either the Spring or Fall semester, once admitted to the MPH program.
MHA/MPA - Master of Public Administration. This option prepares students for positions in health policy and health advocacy organizations such local, state and federal government health entities.
Students can complete the MPA/MHA dual-degree program in approximately three years of year-round study. Students will complete the requirements for both degrees with approximately 71 credit hours. Students can start taking MHA classes as early as their first semester enrolled in the program. While some MHA classes are held during the day, students can complete the MPA Program requirements in either of two formats-evening and executive weekend.