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MHA, Master of Health Administration

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Advance your knowledge of health care system delivery

This program prepares graduates to manage the many complex health-related organizations including hospitals, health care systems, insurance companies, long-term care facilities and more.

Perfect for students who want to

  • Understand the complex structures of health care delivery in the U.S.
  • Engage in financial and strategic planning for health care organizations 
  • Become leaders in hospitals and other medical facilities 
  • Explore the legal and ethical foundations for health care

Career Paths

  • Hospital administration
  • State or federal agency work
  • Health care consulting

Program Overview

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is designed to give students a strong knowledge base in health care management and health service delivery systems and an understanding of the basic and core principles of public health.

See all Health Policy and Management graduate student resources

See the MHA program plan and competency checklist.

See possible degree pathways and electives.

See the tentative schedule for HPM courses.

** Requires advisor approval 

* Students completing a thesis (6 credits) instead of a capstone project (3 credits) can select to take one less overview or methods or cognate area course to compensate for the 3 additional thesis credits. 


See all program requirements on the UMD Catalog

MODULE SEMESTER COURSE# COURSE NAME CREDIT
Module 1: Integrated Core Courses Fall - year 1 SPHL601 Foundations of Public Health 1
Module 1: Integrated Core Courses Fall - year 1 SPHL602 Applied Data: Epidemiology & Biostatistics 4
Module 1: Integrated Core Courses Fall - year 1 SPHL603 Applied Data Laboratory 1
Module 1: Integrated Core Courses Spring - year 1 SPHL610 Program Planning, Development and Evaluation 5
Module 1: Integrated Core Courses Fall - year 1 SPHL611 Public Health Ethics 1
Module 1: Integrated Core Courses Fall - year 2 SPHL620 Leadership and Policy Analysis 2
Module 2: Management Courses Fall - year 1 HLSA601 Introduction to Health Systems (Required) 3
Module 2: Management Courses Spring HLSA710 Foundations of Healthcare Management 3
Module 2: Management Courses Fall HLSA720 Health Law and Ethics 3
Module 2: Management Courses Spring HLSA740 Healthcare Strategic Planning and Evaluation 3
Module 2: Management Courses Fall HLSA770 Continuous Quality Improvement 3
Module 2: Management Courses Spring HLSA772 Health Care Leadership and Communications 3
Module 2: Management Courses Summer (online) HLSA726 Financial Management 3
Module 2: Management Courses Fall, Spring, Summer Elective course from SPH, UMD, UMB, or Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area** Various Up to 6
Module 3: Policy/Economic Courses Fall (online) HLSA702 Politics and Policy of Health 3
Module 3: Policy/Economic Courses Fall HLSA711 Healthcare Economics and Analysis 3
Module 3: Policy/Economic Courses Fall HLSA611 Introduction to Health Equity 3
Module 3: Policy/Economic Courses Fall HLSA724 Developing and Implementing Health Policy in MD 3
Module 3: Policy/Economic Courses Fall, Spring, Summer Elective course from SPH, UMD, UMB, or Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area** Various Up to 3
Module 4: Data Courses Fall HLSA750 Healthcare Management Information System 3
Module 4: Data Courses Fall HLSA775 Public Health Research Methods 3
Module 4: Data Courses Spring HLSA721 Using Demographic Data for Health Policy Analysis 3
Module 4: Data Courses Fall, Spring, Summer Elective course from SPH, UMD, UMB, or Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area** Various Up to 3
Module 5: Internship, Capstone (or Thesis) Courses Fall, Spring, Summer HLSA778 Internship 4
Module 5: Internship, Capstone (or Thesis) Courses Fall, Spring, Summer HLSA786 (or HLSA 799 Thesis*) Capstone Project (or Thesis*) 3

Graduates of the MHA program will be able to: 

  1. Apply systems thinking and organizational theory to address public health and health care management issues
  2. Evaluate the main components of the organization and delivery of healthcare in the US and other nations and impact on population health
  3. Apply the principles of strategic planning, development, marketing, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives
  4. Apply analytical methods for analysis of health management problems and potential solutions
  5. Demonstrate leadership and management skills for building partnership through collaborative efforts and communication of health policy and management issues