Master's Program (MHA/MPH)

How long is the program?

  • The Master's programs (MHA/MPH) take two full years, including the summer inbetween. So, if you start in Fall 2018, you will graduate in May 2020.

How many credits is the program?

  • All Master's programs are 45 credits. (However, the program is being restructured to be more flexible; this requirement may change)

How much does each credit cost?

How do I pay for my degree?

  • We encourage students to apply for Graduate Assistantships in order to offset the cost of their degree. These are either 10 hrs/wk (half-time) or 20 hrs/wk (full-time). Additionally, many students find part-time jobs to supplement their financial aid.
  • Please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information on loans, and paying for your degree.

How is my adviser assigned?

  • You are assigned an adviser upon your acceptance of our offer of admission. Your adviser helps guide you to graduation, and is your mentor while in our department. Should you need to change advisers for any reason, this can be arranged by our Chair (Luisa Franzini).

Should I go full-time or part-time?

  • We have a few students pursuing their degree part-time in order to meet other work or family obligations. We encourage you to take as many credits as you can manage to graduate in a timely manner, but we do not discourage part-time students from pursuing their degree.

Are we required to do an internship?

  • Yes, every student is required to arrange a semester-long internship relating to their future career interests.
  • Importantly, either the internship or capstone must be in a healthcare setting; they can both be in the same setting, but must be differenet projects.

What is the Capstone?

  • The Capstone is a semester-long project to demonstrate your proficiency at mastering the program competencies.
  • You choose a site, and conduct a project with discreet goals. (This can be the same site as the internship, but does not necessarily need to be.)

Can I do a Thesis?

  • Yes, you may choose to do a Thesis instead of the Capstone. Ask your adviser for guidance, or contact your Program Director.

Where do I find housing?

  • Graduate students typically live in off-campus housing, either in University-owned apartments, or private apartments or rental homes.
  • Visit the Off-Campus Housing webpage.

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Doctoral Program in Health Services (PhD)

How long is the program?

  • The Doctoral program in Health Services takes 3-5 years depending on how much course work you must take (if your Master's degree did not include public health content), and on how quickly you are able to complete the degree requirements.

How many credits is the program?

  • The program is 50 credits;
  • In order to enter the Ph.D. program in Health Services, you must have a Master's Degree in Health Administration, Health Services, Health Policy, Health Economics, Business Administration, or a related field.
  • The 50 credit hours will include a minimum of 16 credit hours in health services research core courses, a minimum of 18 credit hours in cognate elective courses, and a minimum of 12 credit hours in dissertation research. Doctoral students advance to candidacy by completing a written qualifying exam and an oral defense of their dissertation proposal.
  • Students must successfully complete a doctoral dissertation and an oral dissertation defense.

How much does each credit cost?

How do I pay for my degree?

How is my adviser assigned?

  • You are assigned an adviser upon your acceptance of our offer of admission. Your adviser helps guide you to graduation, and is your mentor while in our department. Should you need to change advisers for any reason, this can be arranged by our Chair (Luisa Franzini).

Should I go full-time or part-time?

  • We have a few students pursuing their degree part-time in order to meet other work or family obligations. We encourage you to take as many credits as you can manage to graduate in a timely manner, but we do not discourage part-time students from pursuing their degree.

How do I defend?

  • Doctoral students advance to candidacy by completing a written qualifying exam and an oral defense of their dissertation proposal.
  • In addition to the coursework, the written qualifying exam and the oral defense, students must successfully complete a doctoral dissertation and an oral dissertation defense.

How is my dissertation committee organized?

  • Students with their Advisor must organize their committee.

Where do I find housing?

  • Graduate students typically live in off-campus housing, either in University-owned apartments, or private apartments or rental homes.
  • Visit the Off-Campus Housing webpage.

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