Master of Healthcare Administration
Health administrators work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, and insurance companies. Demographic pressures, advances in medicine and technology, and increased health regulations have led to a rapid increase in the demand for this field. The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) is designed to prepare qualified individuals for various administrative and leadership positions in the healthcare industry. It is delivered online.
The program strives to develop engaged, early healthcare careerists who use evidence-based strategies and applied skills to improve operations, quality of care, affordability, and access. The MHA program includes instruction in administration, healthcare financial accounting, health economics, human resources, systems operation, quality improvement, organizational behavior and health policy. Instruction embraces ethical conduct and professionalism, diversity and inclusion, practitioner involvement and team-based learning.
MHA Courses and Curriculum
The department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:
- Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
- Submission of official transcripts
- Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
- Undergraduate senior year/major GPA of 3.0 or greater
- Submission of graduate admission tests (GRE, MAT, or GMAT). The test requirement may be waived if one of these conditions is met:
- The applicant has a 3.5 GPA or higher
- The applicant has a 3.0 GPA and three years of relevant work experience in a healthcare organization that would normally require an bachelor’s degree
- The applicant holds a terminal degree (Ph.D., J.D., Ed.D. etc.) or an advanced professional degree (M.S., M.A., etc.) from an accredited program
- Submission of Letter of Intent
- Submission of three Letters of Recommendation
- Submission of current resume
Please note that some courses may require the use of a proctor for some exams. There might be a nominal fee associated with this.
Not all states authorize online programs, if you are residing outside of Florida you will want to check the status of your state's acceptance of this program: http://uwf.edu/online/out-of-state-students/state-authorization/
Federal and state regulations as well as most healthcare organization policies require employees to undergo a background check before hire. Background checking is also required prior to placement in an internship. Please consider this when deciding on a major and career path.
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“UWF has developed an exceptional online Masters in Healthcare Administration program which caters to the busy lifestyles of those of us with families and careers. The ability to go to school on ‘my schedule’ allows me the freedom of learning when I set aside the time.” — Georgina Glenn, current student, M.H.A. Healthcare Administration
“Many of our students are professionals employed in healthcare settings. They find that our MHA Healthcare Administration specialization core- and major-related courses provide them with a strong healthcare business administration foundation needed to advance in the field. Program electives offer students the ability to concentrate on administrative issues within healthcare from population-focused health care to medical informatics.” — Dr. Debra M. Vinci, Exercise Science and Community Health Associate Chair