Online Classes: Master of Health Administration

Master of Health Administration

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Designed to prepare aspiring and existing healthcare professionals for healthcare leadership roles

Mercy College is called to prepare healthcare leaders for changing times. Healthcare leaders need knowledge/tools to lead change within diverse healthcare delivery settings. Students will contribute to the body of knowledge related to the design, organization and delivery, evaluation and leadership of health and healthcare systems.

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at Mercy College of Ohio is an online program, with the exception of the required practicum experience for students with less than one year of healthcare leadership experience. The program is designed to prepare aspiring and existing healthcare professionals to serve or advance in healthcare leadership roles. The program will encourage students to demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based decision making within a context that values diversity and is sensitive to the ethical implications within healthcare delivery. The program provides a broad base of knowledge so that graduates are prepared to lead in the value-based healthcare environment.

Health Administration Practicum

  • Students having one-year or more of healthcare leadership experience (by the end of semester IV), are not required to take the practicum course, but will have the option to participate in the practicum experience in a varying credit hour format (1-3 credit hours).
  • Students with no prior or less than one-year of healthcare leadership experience (by the end of semester IV), will be required to take the practicum course (3 credit hours – 120 contact hours).

Program Overview

Sample program of study for Master of Health Administration.

Curriculum effective Fall 2019. For students enrolled prior to Fall 2019, please reference the Mercy College catalog.

The mission of the MHA program is to provide individuals with the advanced knowledge and skills needed to lead and serve dynamic healthcare organizations.

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Upon completion of the MHA program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment: Explain the legislative, regulatory, political, and consumerism impact on the environment of healthcare and the components of healthcare delivery systems in the United States.
  2. Essential Business Literacy: Demonstrate the essential business principles required for the stewardship of healthcare organizations.
  3. Ethical Practice, Diversity, and Inclusion: Evaluate the professional and ethical standards of decision-making within the management and delivery of healthcare, including inclusion and diversity within employee and patient populations and other related complex health issues.
  4. Population Health and Evidence-Based Decision Making: Analyze population health management strategies in the delivery of value-based healthcare, utilizing health information science, technologies, and analytics to drive evidence-based decisions in the management of care.
  5. Communication and Relationship Management: Demonstrate effective communication and human resource practices in the management of healthcare organizations.
  6. Health Leadership: Inspire individual and organizational excellence and successfully lead change to attain the healthcare organization’s strategic initiatives.

Attend an MHA Program Online Information Session

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Career Outlook

Employment Growth

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, there should be increased demand for healthcare services.[Bureau of Labor Statistics]

This means greater needs for physicians and other healthcare workers, medical procedures, and healthcare facilities, and therefore greater needs for managers who organize and manage medical information and healthcare staff. There should also be increased demand for nursing care facility administrators as the population grows older.

Employment is projected to grow in offices of health practitioners. Many services previously provided in hospitals will shift to these settings, especially as medical technologies improve. Demand in medical group practice management is projected to grow as medical group practices become larger and more complex.

Candidates with a master’s degree in health administration or a related field, will likely have the best prospects.

The Master of Health Administration at Mercy College of Ohio provides a graduate level education supporting one’s overall career ladder and advanced professional objectives.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the MHA program must meet the following criteria:
  • Submit a completed graduate program application with required documents and fee.
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited higher education institution.
  • Submit official transcripts from bachelor's degree-granting higher education institution and all graduate-level transcripts. An applicant with less than 40 credit hours on the bachelor's degree-granting transcript will be required to provide additional transcripts.
  • Possess a minimum overall GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale on bachelor's degree and graduate coursework.
  • Submit a current professional resume or Curriculum Vitae and a statement of purpose. The statement of purpose (750-1000 words) should state education and career goals as well as the reason for seeking this degree.
  • Provide three professional references using the form provided: MHA Reference Form. References may include your employer, previous instructors, or healthcare professionals with whom the student has who can speak to professional/leadership experience and capacity for successfully completing your MHA.
  • Once accepted into the program, students completing a practicum will need to comply with all site-specific physical examination, proof of immunization and any additional requirements prior to practicum placement.

Provisional Admission Status for graduate studies applicants only applies to the Master of Health Administration (MHA) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs. Applicants may be granted Provisional Admission Status for the MHA or MSN if either of the following conditions exist:

  1. Applicants graduated from a regionally-accredited institution but earned a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their baccalaureate degree, which do not meet the required 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  2. Applicants graduated from a nationally-accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in his/her baccalaureate degree.