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Explore your Master of Health Administration Curriculum

Ohio University’s Online Master of Health Administration is designed to enhance your understanding of the business side of health care. Blending academic theory with practical learning, this program can prepare you to make an even greater impact in your community.

The curriculum includes 12 three-credit courses that are each seven weeks long. You can earn your degree in as few as two years. Beginning in the Fall ‘22 term, OHIO will also offer a one-year full-time program that will be available for Fall admission only.

Explore the full curriculum and course descriptions below.

Master of Health Administration - 36 credits

HLTH 6010 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System 3 Credits
HLTH 6020 Information Systems for Health Services 3 Credits
HLTH 6030 Leadership of Health Organizations 3 Credits
HLTH 6040 Research and Quantitative Methods for Health Services 3 Credits
HLTH 6100 Evaluation and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 Credits
HLTH 6210 Health Care Finance 3 Credits
HLTH 6280 Health Law 3 Credits
HLTH 6300 Epidemiology in Health Administration 3 Credits
HLTH 6350 Human Resource Management in Health Care 3 Credits
HLTH 6380 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Services 3 Credits
HLTH 6480 Ethical Issues in Health Care 3 Credits

The online MHA program offers an elective course option to students, which allows for customization of the degree to meet the academic interests and career advancement opportunities of the individual student. Students can choose any course within the following approved online graduate certificates. Each graduate certificate consists of three 3-credit hour courses. MHA students can choose to complete the additional coursework and earn a graduate certificate to add to their credentials. Approved certificates include:

  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Health Policy
  • Veterans Health

Choose a Specialization for Your Master of Health Administration

Take your degree — and your passion for healthcare — further with a specialization in one of five areas: Healthcare Leadership, Business Analytics, Project Management, Aging Studies, or Quality Improvement.

Ohio University’s MHA degree gives you a unique opportunity to focus your degree on a growing specialty while gaining foundational skills in healthcare management.

Traditional MHA

The traditional MHA offers a breadth of courses on topics including epidemiology, health information systems, and an elective option so students can explore a new area or course of interest to them.

HLTH 6020 Information Systems for Health Services 3 Credits
HLTH 6300 Epidemiology in Health Administration 3 Credits

Elective course*

*Students choose from the other certificate courses listed below.

Healthcare Leadership

The leadership specialization is designed to offer high-quality educational opportunities to assist health professionals in leading people more effectively, improving quality and safety, enhancing the patient experience, stimulating financial growth, and further developing a robust organizational culture. Given the complexity of the healthcare delivery system and its related programs and services, effective leadership is a critical success factor.

IHS 5200 Foundations of Leadership in Healthcare 3 Credits
IHS 5201 Quality, Safety & Service in Healthcare Leadership 3 Credits
IHS 5202 Financial Innovation and Growth Strategies in Healthcare 3 Credits

Business Analytics

Gain specialized training in the use of advanced analytical techniques for managerial decision-making. Focus is placed on managing, processing, and analyzing data to address a multitude of business challenges and opportunities. Draws upon a portfolio of methods that include data mining, optimization, and database management so data can be transformed into information and insights for organizations to meet their strategic goals.

MBA 6320 Descriptive Analytics 3 Credits
MBA 6390 Predictive Analytics 3 Credits
MBA 6325 Prescriptive Analytics 3 Credits

Aging Studies

This specialization addresses the educational needs of graduate students and professionals who work with the aging or an elderly population in healthcare or other disciplines.

CFS 6890 Self, Aging, and Society
HLTH 6060 Gerotechnology
CFS 5660 CFS 5660 Transitions in Development: Middle and Later Life
CFS 5700 The Business of Aging

Students may take HLTH 6060 Gerotechnology or CFS 5660 Transitions in Development: Middle and Later Life.

Quality Improvement

Students take a deep look at the concepts associated with delivering quality healthcare, trends in quality improvement, and Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. This specialization creates a solid foundation in the concepts and interactions of cost, quality, and access to care within the U.S. healthcare system;, the theoretical models and transformation of quality improvement over time;, the structure, function, and goals of healthcare teams;, and the fundamental principles of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. These courses cover the body of knowledge for the Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA) exam by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

HLTH 5850 Quality Improvement in Healthcare Organizations
PM 6600 Lean Six Sigma

Elective*

*HLTH 6100 is already a core course in the MHA curriculum, so students complete an elective course to reach the required 36 credit hours. 

Project Management

The Project Management concentration focuses on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), as identified by the Project Management Institute (PMI). This concentration serves as a graduate-level option for working professionals to pursue a graduate educational experience and can augment other graduate experiences at Ohio University.

PM 6100 Project Management I 3 Credits
PM 6200 Project Management II 3 Credits
PM 6500 Change and Risk Management 3 Credits