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If you are a professional working in the health care field, the evidence of change is all around you. Changes create a strong need for professionals who possess an advanced understanding of the business side of health care and the leadership expertise essential to making effective decisions. Health care professionals need to be able to balance the altruistic mission of health care with the business obligation to keep an organization financially viable. The Ohio University Master of Health Administration online program is designed to foster your confidence and insight to make a positive and lasting impact on the organization in which you work.

Why Choose the Master of Health Administration Online Program?

Strike a Balance:

Brian Denton

Add graduate school to your personal and professional responsibilities.

“While in the program, I applied everything I was learning on a daily basis at my workplace. The online format was extremely conducive to my full-time work schedule. I was able to study when and where my weekly schedule allowed.”

Brian Denton,
MHA online graduate

Interact with Leaders:

Dr. RuthAnn Althaus

Learn from well-respected leaders in the health care industry.

“In this program you will interact with faculty members who radiate passion for their chosen line of work and who are devoted to delivering rigorous, relevant, and influential curriculum in a dynamic academic environment.”

Dr. RuthAnn Althaus,
online MHA Program Coordinator

Expand Your Knowledge:

Denise Vander Werf

Gain the tools to lead change in a rapidly evolving health care industry.

“The program provides discussions that allow for each student to bring in a different perspective on how the health care changes affect their specific industry.”

Denise Vander Werf,
MHA online graduate

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Ohio University’s online Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is more than just the next step on your professional journey. It’s a giant leap in your advancement as an executive leader. Delivered 100% online, this future-focused program is an ideal choice for busy professionals like you who are motivated and ready to advance as strategic leaders.

As a student in our online MHA program, you’ll be immersed in a highly engaging and collaborative learning environment — one that enables you to participate in practical learning activities and to complete coursework on your schedule, not ours. By combining academic theory with practical learning, the online MHA can enhance your decision-making skills and help you broaden your impact as a leader in virtually any health industry setting.

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Ohio University is ranked among the top national universities for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report.

Ohio University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Ohio University was named a "2017 Best College" by Princeton Review.

Ohio University ranks among the top 3% of higher education institutions globally as rated by the 2015 Center for World University Rankings.

Reach Your Career Goals

"The key learning outcomes of the online MHA program were carefully developed to help you move to a higher level of leadership skill and knowledge to support your career goals."

— Dr. RuthAnn Althaus,
Online MHA Program Coordinator

It is becoming more common for many administrative and executive positions to require a graduate degree. A master’s degree in Health Administration opens doors to increased opportunities in this growing industry.

Health care administrators with an MHA earn more annually than those without. MHA holders in executive leadership positions can exceed six figure salaries.

*According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What do Our Students and Graduates Say about Our MHA?

You can build on your own valuable education and experience and learn with fellow students who are from various professions, job settings, career stages, and sites across the United States.

The dedicated professionals who have chosen Ohio University’s MHA program come from all over the U.S. and from every sector of the health care system. Like you, they want to enhance their careers and to increase their impact in the organizations and communities in which they serve.

As you consider your academic options, one of the best ways to anticipate your student experience is to learn a bit more about what alumni and current students have to say about the program. View what some of our current students and graduates have to say about their experience in the Ohio University MHA online program.

“The practical application of knowledge and experiences I had were integrated well into the program design. The methods and tactics utilized daily and weekly were especially congruent with both my learning style and time allocation availability”

- Mark J. Cumpston, MHA, Administrator, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, MHA 2012 graduate

“The online MHA program allowed me the opportunity to both advance my education, and therefore, my career, without having to sacrifice time with my family. I’m now able to converse with my C-suite leaders. I not only contribute to the conversation, but lead in knowledge and give ideas and recommendations.”

– Sam Seybold DPT, CCI, MHA; MHA 2015 graduate

“The MHA program expanded my knowledge and understanding of the many functions and processes that are needed to sustain a health care system. The complexities and obstacles that are current in the news and health care industry were aligned with the teachings, discussions, and courses. These helped me better research, communicate, develop ideas, and best of all helped me prepare for my current position as a health care leader.”

– Jose L. Gurrola, MHA 2015 graduate

“Being a part of the OU MHA program has helped me progress in the field of health administration. It has financially impacted my family in a positive way. The program was flexible enough to allow me to maintain a full time job, be a full time mom, and still be successful as a student.”

– Amy Harding, MHA 2012 graduate

“I enjoyed the online availability to complete my degree. It showed my family that pursuing higher education is possible with young children and a full time job. I was able to change my career from a staff tech to a college instructor.”

- Maryglo Stroik, MHA 2012 graduate

“The Ohio MHA program has helped solidify my knowledge in the health care arena and opened doors for career advancement. The MHA credentials bring credibility to the table as a subject matter expert in health care, giving you the confidence and knowledge to be successful in your career.”

– Steven Ramirez, MHA 2015 graduate

“I thoroughly enjoyed the MHA program at Ohio University. The professors were all very knowledgeable and provided a wonderful learning environment. The students were also engaged which made group interaction pleasurable.”

– Jordanne Kilbourne, MHA 2014 graduate

“The MHA program at OU perfectly positioned me to enter the health care executive world and excel. Ever since obtaining my MHA, I have quickly elevated my position to greater levels of responsibility and am currently positioned to enter the best executive development program in the industry. By far the best career move I’ve ever made.”

– Adam Fletcher, MHA 2012 graduate

“I enjoyed working with other health care workers throughout the US. I was able to expand my knowledge of what it takes to be a great leader in health care.”

– Nick Ownbey, MHA 2012 graduate

“The online MHA program allowed me the opportunity to both advance my education, and therefore, my career, without having to sacrifice time with my family. I’m now able to converse with my C-suite leaders. I not only contribute to the conversation, but lead in knowledge and give ideas and recommendations.”

– Sam Seybold DPT, CCI, MHA; MHA 2015 graduate

“A year into the MHA I was hired as Director of Physician Assistant Services for a hospital and medical center in New England. This is a new position for the organization, and relatively newer position for the PA profession. The online MHA’s coursework continues to aid me transitioning into this position and helps me better utilize data to make more informed decisions.”

– Kevin Hickman,
MHA 2016 graduate

“The online MHA program has served me well as a physician and executive leader. The experiences are real world and the instructors are very supportive in working through the coursework and study. I believe this program will foster my career as a hospital leader now–and into the future.”

– Dr. Frank C. Biodolillo,
Current Student

“I currently have my PharmD and work as a pharmacy director. I am pursuing the MHA degree to better understand health administration and to prepare me for other opportunities within healthcare.”

– Monique McCollough,
Current Student

“I love health care, and I knew that is where I wanted to advance my professional career. I looked into an MBA, but felt more connected with an MHA. I felt the MHA was more directed towards the health care industry, leadership, and skills needed to be a well-rounded health care administrator.”

– John Ottena,
MHA 2016 graduate

“Earning my MHA from Ohio University is helping advance my career by providing validation of current knowledge and practices, while exposing me to a wealth of additional information and resources. The program is expanding the width & depth of my knowledge and providing tools for practical application of that knowledge.”

– Bryan Bailey,
Current Student

“The MHA program has helped me not only gain knowledge for my future, but grow in my current position as well. The online format works well around a family and a full-time job. I’ve enjoyed the assignments and readings, as well as getting to know other students from around the country. The faculty, course facilitators, and administrators have all been so kind and helpful throughout the admission process and through coursework.”

– Liz McKinney
MHA 2015 graduate

“The coursework is so interesting that it keeps you involved on those days when you may not feel like going home from work and working on coursework. Your other classmates are there to bolster your spirits. You’re never far from them, even though it’s an online program. It’s nice to have the support of the professors and the facilitators, as well as of your classmates.”

– B.J. Ferrebee, MHA
2012 graduate

“The MHA program at Ohio University has provided me with true health administration knowledge. Their facilitators are knowledgeable, experienced individuals who work in the industry, and I have enjoyed my learning experience.”

– Jamar Calloway
MHA 2014 graduate

“While doing my research on Ohio University, I found that this program also includes epidemiology. Several colleges I researched did not include this very important area of study.”

– Michael Carden, MHA
2012 graduate

“I chose Ohio University because of the reputation. I was a little leery of some of the places that I looked at because of a lot of the news reports about the for-profits and the quality of the education.”

– Deborah Albaugh, MHA
2012 graduate

Relevant Education. Real-World Application

Our online MHA program boasts an impressive, highly relevant curriculum that capitalizes on the rich backgrounds of our talented students and faculty members in a flexible online format. Our students report that they use what they learn immediately as well as advance in their profession. The program’s future-focused coursework explores all disciplines essential to understanding the business of health care. Throughout the program you will take 12, 3-credit courses that are each 7 weeks long. One important feature of the program is that you can take one course at a time and still graduate in as few as 2 years.

HLTH 6010 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System
HLTH 6020 Information Systems for Health Services
HLTH 6030 Leadership of Health Organizations
HLTH 6040 Research and Quantitative Methods for Health Services
HLTH 6080 Health Policy
HLTH 6100 Evaluation and Quality Improvement in Health Care
HLTH 6210 Health Care Finance
HLTH 6280 Health Law
HLTH 6300 Epidemiology in Health Administration
HLTH 6350 Human Resource Management in Health Care
HLTH 6380 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Services
HLTH 6480 Ethical Issues in Health Care

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We’re in the Business of Shaping Leaders

Highly knowledgeable and seasoned MHA faculty members leverage their incredible knowledge base to guide students in their individual career aspirations. Our dedicated faculty members bring years of industry experience and research into your online classrooms. They also bring an unwavering commitment to your success. With their guidance, the goals you aspire to achieve will soon become celebrated accomplishments.

  • Dr. RuthAnn Althaus
  • Valarie Blake
  • Dr.Jeff Bolles
  • Edward J. Budd
  • Dr. Barry Ewy
  • Keith Graham
  • Dr. Cynthia Chargois Granby
  • Dr. Brett Hicks
  • Dr. Jerome Horn
  • Dr. Phillip E. Jackson
  • Walena Valencia
  • Dr. Joseph Weingarten

Program Coordinator

Dr. RuthAnn Althaus is a professor of health administration and program coordinator of the Master of Health Administration online program. She has experience in business and international business education, which supports her research interests in U.S. health system financing and organization, comparative health systems, ethical issues in health administration and business, and the role of multinational business in socioeconomic progress in developing countries.

Dr. Althaus has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Education and Adult Education from the Ohio State University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois Medical Center, and a Master of Business Administration from Illinois Benedictine College. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a 2006 recipient of the Gold Best Case Award from the North American Case Research Association.

Valarie Blake teaches law with a specialization in health care. Before entering the higher education sector, she was a senior research associate in the ethics division of the American Medical Association, where she studied, taught, and drafted policy in the area of medical ethics. Previously, Ms. Blake served as an Advanced Bioethics Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic, conducting research, teaching, and providing community service in bioethics.

Ms. Blake holds a Juris Doctorate with a specialization in health law and bioethics from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research and writing interests center on regulatory issues in assisted reproduction, issues in global health, and research ethics and regulation.

Dr. Bolles has 20 years of experience in higher education, including being with the MHA online program at since 2009. In addition to being faculty at Ohio University, Dr. Bolles is the curriculum coordinator and an assistant professor in health promotion at a university in southeastern North Carolina.

Dr. Bolles received a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health from Texas Woman’s University, a Master of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from SUNY College at Cortland. During his master’s degree curriculum at UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Bolles became passionate about the study of epidemiology. One of his favorite areas of study in epidemiology is the United States’ reaction to HIV and AIDS, and what we should learn from the processes of discovery and surveillance of HIV and AIDS in the United States.

Edward Budd has been working with Ohio University’s online MHA program, since its inception, as a professor and facilitator. Mr. Budd is CEO of a major urban not-for-profit hospital and medical center where he previously served as chief financial officer. Mr. Budd has also served as director of finance for a metropolitan health system, and assurance manager for a large accounting firm.

He earned a Master of Management in Finance and Health Services Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting from Loyola University Chicago. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Dr. Ewy is currently the CEO of a non-profit international pharmaceutical repackager and labeler, where he is responsible for operational and financial leadership including all aspects of operations, human resources, and donor relations. Prior to that role, Dr. Ewy was the CEO of a specialty acute care hospital. Dr. Ewy also had a private law practice for several years that focused on the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice. In his law practice, Dr. Ewy participated in arbitrations and mediation, negotiated and drafted settlement agreements, participated in depositions, conducted legal research, and drafted and argued motions and briefs.

Dr. Ewy was an adjunct professor for the University of Oklahoma, College of Pharmacy for six years. He has spoken on the topic of health care law to various pharmacy and optometry groups. He has also presented lectures on health care law, policy and procedure development, and organizational structure and control.

Dr. Ewy earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy; his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, School of Law; and his Master of Health Administration from A.T. Still University.

Keith Graham has over a decade of experience as a financial analyst and controller with a Virginia hospital now owned by a Fortune 100 company. Prior to his positions with the hospital, Mr. Graham was a cost accountant, cost analyst, and accounting manager for various corporations located in Virginia.

Mr. Graham’s academic background includes 15 years of teaching and mentoring online, as well as course and curriculum development for online courses. Mr. Graham prides himself on having a day-to-day individualistic approach with students, which allows for positive interfacing, proactive problem solving, and timeline maintenance for completion of assignments.

Mr. Graham holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Management from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Management from Emory & Henry College. He is also an advanced member of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), having served on several committees over the years.

Dr. Granby has worked in the area of health care management while serving 20 years in the United States Navy as a senior health care executive. Her research interests include preventive health services for females in the military, cultural competence in health care, and ethical legal issues in health care.

Dr. Granby earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Studies with a health sciences concentration from Old Dominion University. She earned a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University and a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health from Albany State University (Albany, GA). She is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Medical Administrators (FAAMA).

Dr. Brett Hicks possesses an extensive background in health care administration, global public health, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief covering over 20 years in the U.S. and countries such as the Philippines, Australia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Iraq. Dr. Hicks is a certified emergency manager (CEM). He is an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and holds membership in the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society for Business Administration and the Delta Epsilon Tau National Honor Society.

Dr. Hicks earned a Doctor of Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Public Health from Emory University with a focus in health policy and management, a second Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security from American Military University with a focus in emergency and disaster management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resources Development from Hawaii Pacific University. In addition, he has earned an executive certificate in leadership and management from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Horn is a Certified Public Accountant and a Health Facility Administrator licensed in the state of Indiana. His experience includes public accounting, various controller and CFO positions, and over 26 years of health care finance and administrative positions. Dr. Horn has served as CEO for four rural general acute care hospitals. Currently, his focus is on long-term care having served as Superintendent of the Indiana Veterans’ Home and as Administrator of proprietary Skilled Nursing and Rehab Centers as well as Retirement Facilities.

Dr. Horn’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Indiana State University, a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis, and a Doctor of Health Education (D.H.Ed.) degree from AT Still University (online). He has taught traditional University courses for over twenty years and has been involved in the online environment since beginning his D.H.Ed. program in August 2007.

Dr. Phillip Jackson is a facilitator within the online MHA program. He is board certified in health care management and served 30 years in the U.S. Navy as a senior health care administrator working in military hospitals around the world. Dr. Jackson’s experiences also include several years as a financial manager and senior program/budget analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs. He has taught a range of health care management, leadership, finance, accounting, and business courses. Dr. Jackson’s research interests include cultural competence in health care, safety net care, and leadership.

Dr. Jackson is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), professional in the Academy for Healthcare Management (PAHM), and member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Walena Valencia’s experience includes 34 years in public and private health care finance and administration, as well as in health consulting and payer experience at all levels of care. Her leadership experience includes eight years in Medicare program administration, four years in a regional long-term care system, and 11 years in a large county health system, as well as many years of leadership roles in university and community health systems. One of her most exciting experiences has been participating in a startup county hospital, including its medical education programs.

Within the Medicare Division of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, she assisted corporate attorneys interpret reimbursement regulations for settlement agreements, write position papers, and prepare witnesses for Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) hearings. She has served in management training and development roles at the local, regional, and national levels of both payer and provider systems.

Walena Valencia couples an extensive health care finance and administrative career with an MBA in Operations Management (Operations Research Techniques) from DePaul University, an MSPH from Walden University, and a BSC in Accountancy. She has participated in Graduate Certificate programs in Health Services Management (Northwestern University), Long Term Care Administration (University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Home Health Management (UIC), and Gerontology (UIC), and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Illinois. Ms. Valencia is currently completing her PhD in Public Health (Epidemiology).

Dr. Weingarten has spent his entire career in health care. As a teenager he worked as a hospital orderly (patient care attendant) in both acute care and long-term care facilities. He enlisted in the Navy where he worked as a hospital corpsman, receiving field combat training and working in a variety of acute care hospital settings, including general surgery, surgical intensive care, and labor and delivery. Dr. Weingarten left the military after four years to pursue his education.

Working the night shift at a psychiatric facility, Dr. Weingarten studied economics during the day and ultimately received his Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Memphis. He went to work for a large, urban acute care hospital where he was responsible for running simulations on the impact of Medicare’s transition from fee for service to prospective payment reimbursement. During his nine years at the hospital, Dr. Weingarten earned his PhD in business with a major in economics and a specialty area in health care.

After leaving the hospital, Dr. Weingarten spent 15 years as a senior analyst with a Medicare subcontractor working to improve the quality of care to Medicare beneficiaries. In this capacity he worked on many external quality review audits and served for two years as a certified HEDIS compliance auditor for the NCQA, traveling around the country auditing managed care and physician organizations.

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