Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program

Student/Alumni Profiles

Amanda Hemmer
Master of Health Administration
Amanda Hemmer, MHA student

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at the University of Maryland, College Park offers students a rigorous, multi-disciplinary program with courses in public health services administration, epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, health behaviors and determinants, health policy, health law and ethics, health economics and analysis, strategic management of human resources, health service information systems, financial management of health organizations, marketing for competitive health service, quality assessment and evaluation, and health care leadership and communications.

The MHA is a 45-credit professional degree that will prepare graduates to manage the many complex health-related organizations including hospitals, health care systems, insurance companies, long term care facilities, managed care organizations, rehabilitation agencies, public health clinics, state agencies, among others. 

Public health and health services now comprise the largest industry in the United States, producing nearly one-seventh of the United States' gross national product. According to a World Health Organization, the health care system should be conceptualized as including not only health services, but also public health and social welfare activities. The Department of Health Services Administration adopts this integrated approach to address current health needs, provide leadership in a rapidly evolving health care industry, and anticipate future health challenges in an expanding global economy.

The MHA program is considered to be equivalent to the MPH and is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). MHA students must complete 16 courses (6 MPH core courses, 8 courses in cognate areas, and an internship and capstone/thesis) and at least 45 credits to graduate.

The curriculum is adaptable to both full and part-time student status.

All MHA students will complete the following five modules:

Module  Description Courses
Module 1 Integrated Core Courses 6 courses
Module 2 Management Courses 6 courses
Module 3 Policy/Economics Course 1 course
Module 4 Data Course 1 course
Module 5 Internship and Capstone (or Thesis) 2 courses
Important note: Students must take 8 courses (24 credits or more) in Modules 2, 3 and 4 which are cognate areas for the MHA.

Module Description and Course Details

Module Semester Course# Course Name Credit

Module 1: Integrated Core Courses

Fall - year 1 SPHL601 Foundations of Public Health 1
Fall - year 1 SPHL602 Applied Data: Epidemiology & Biostatistics  4
Fall - year 1 SPHL603 Applied Data Laboratory 1
Spring - year 1 SPHL610 Program Planning, Development and Evaluation 5
Fall - year 1 SPHL611 Public Health Ethics  1
Fall - year 2 SPHL620 Leadership and Policy Analysis 2
Total Integrated Core  14
Module 2: Management Module 


Fall - year 1 HLSA601 Introduction to Health Systems (Required) 3
Spring HLSA710 Foundations of Healthcare Management  3
Fall HLSA720 Health Law and Ethics  3
Spring HLSA740 Healthcare Strategic Planning and Evaluation 3
Fall HLSA770 Continuous Quality Improvement 3
Spring HLSA772 Health Care Leadership and Communications 3
Summer (online) HLSA726 Financial Management  3
Elective course from SPH, UMD, UMB, or Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area** Up to 6
Total Management Module 18
Module 3: Policy/Economic Module Fall (online) HLSA702 Politics and Policy of Health  3
Fall HLSA711 Healthcare Economics and Analysis 3
Fall HLSA611 Introduction to Health Equity 3
Fall HLSA724 Developing and Implementing Health Policy in MD 3
Elective course from SPH, UMD, UMB, or Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area ** Up to 3
Total Policy / Economics Module  3
  Fall HLSA750 Healthcare Management Information System 3
Module 4: Data Module Fall HLSA775 Public Health Research Methods 3
Spring HLSA721 Using Demographic Data for Health Policy Analysis 3
Elective Course from other modules, SPH, other schools at UMD, UMB, or consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area ** Up to 3
Total Data Module 3
Module 5: Internship, Capstone, Thesis Module
Fall, Spring, Summer HLSA778 Internship 4
Fall, Spring, Summer HLSA786 Capstone Project (or HLSA 799 Thesis*) 3
Total Internship, Capstone or Thesis Module 7
Total Credits Required for MHA 45























** 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. 

The elective courses in the MHA cognate area are selected by the student and approved by the advisor so that the MHA competencies are met.


How to Apply:

For more information, please contact Dr. Neil Sehgal at ( sends e-mail).

Admission Criteria:

MHA applications are reviewed with consideration to the following criteria:

  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Undergraduate and any graduate transcripts
  • GRE scores taken within the past 5 years (Submit electronically to the University of Maryland, code 0485 & 5814)
  • 3 letters of recommendation that address your academic capabilities
  • Statement of goals and interests
  • Relevant academic/work experience