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The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Master of Health Administration (MHA) program prepares healthcare professionals to lead, direct and work within diverse healthcare settings by emphasizing empirical evidence with a focus on applied/experiential learning. From recent graduates looking to make a difference in healthcare, to healthcare professionals and clinicians looking to advance in their careers, this multidisciplinary degree prepares you to respond to an ever dynamic healthcare world. The program curriculum is 41 credit hours in length, and is designed to be completed in around two years, depending on the preferences of the student. We provide a competency-based, higher order learning environment, so that graduates will attain knowledge and skills in the following areas: Leadership, Communication, Relationship Management, Professionalism, Critical Thinking, Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment, and Business and Analytical Skills. The MHA program also includes an integrative/applied capstone and internship experiences in which students engage in hands-on, real-world applications of skills in healthcare settings. The program is 100% online.

Admission Requirements

  • Complete an application via SOPHAS
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited US college or university or equivalent foreign institution. A minimum of 3.0 grade point average is required for admission.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • Resume or CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores are required of all applicants whose primary language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from a college or university outside of the United States.

MHA Competencies

Communication and Relationship Management
MHA1A Communication - Identify, use, and recommend appropriate situational communication channels using professional and interpersonal communication skills to build collaborative and managerial relationships.
MHA1B Writing Skills - Summarize, evaluate and prepare effective business communication using clear, concise and appropriate writing styles.
MHA1C Presentation Skills - Identify, demonstrate and critique presentation and oral communication skills in interprofessional and business settings.
Leadership
MHA2A Leading and Managing Others - Summarize, demonstrate and build management and leadership skills for organizational goal attainment.
MHA2B Change Management - Explain, evaluate and integrate change management to enhance and promote leadership.
MHA2C Ability for Honest Self-assessment - Evaluate leadership skills, knowledge and abilities utilizing feedback and self-reflection.
MHA2D Systems Thinking - Summarize and determine potential impacts and consequences of decisions in a broad variety of contexts.
MHA2E Problem-solving and Decision-making - Explain and apply evidence-based decision making and problem-solving techniques to healthcare dilemmas, negotiations, and questions.
Professionalism
MHA3A Personal and Professional Ethics - Identify and appraise ethical business principles while exhibiting ethical and transparent personal and professional behaviors
MHA3B Working in Teams - Collaborate, communicate effectively and build interprofessional, professional and strategic teams.
Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment
MHA4A Healthcare Issues and Trends - Understand, examine and evaluate issues and trends in healthcare, including circumstances causing major changes and reform in US health care delivery environment.
MHA4B Healthcare Legal Principles - 4.b Healthcare Legal Principles Summarize, apply and evaluate health-related legal principles including standards, regulation and risk management.
MHA4C Health Policy - Demonstrate, analyze and evaluate the impact of health policies on the delivery of health services and formulate policy recommendations
MHA4D Population Health and Status Assessment - Explain, compare and appraise factors influencing population health.
Business and Analytical Skills
MHA5A Financial Management - 5.a Financial Management Interpret, analyze and compile financial data using appropriate business and analytical skills.
MHA5B Human Resources - Suggest, apply and assemble appropriate methods and techniques related to the management of health care employees.
MHA5C Organizational Dynamics and Governance - Summarize and evaluate the roles, responsibilities, structures, and influence governing bodies hold in healthcare organizations.
MHA5D Strategic Planning - Research and generate an environmental analysis to propose strategic alternatives utilizing evidence-based competitive strategies
MHA5E Marketing - Explain, analyze and evaluate markets to include market segmentation, messaging strategy, change and innovation
MHA5F Information Management/ Understanding and Using Technology Skills - Apply information management techniques and utilize technology skills and methods to plan, design, implement, and assess health information management and communications
MHA5G Quality Improvement/Performance Improvement - 5.g Quality Improvement/Performance Improvement Identify quality or performance improvement problems and generate process and patient safety protocols
MHA5H Quantitative Skills - Analyze business and financial data using quantitative methods to include interpreting data and compiling results.
MHA5I Planning and Managing Projects - Research and assemble planning and management projects utilizing appropriate techniques related to performance, structure and outcomes.
MHA5J Economic Analysis and Application - Summarize, apply and analyze economic concepts and decision making in business and healthcare settings.
Core Courses30
CPH 500FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH3
CPH 502HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION3
CPH 560U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM: AN OVERVIEW3
CPH 563HEALTHCARE STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MARKETING 3
CPH 565HEALTH CARE FINANCE AND ECONOMICS3
CPH 566HEALTH POLICY3
CPH 569HEALTH ADMINISTRATION LEADERSHIP 3
CPH 570HEALTH ADMINISTRATION LAW 3
CPH 580HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND BEHAVIOR3
MGT840 Healthcare Management I: Managing People (UNK)3
Elective Courses6
Electives will be determine in consultation with the student’s advisor.
Capstone2
CPH 586MASTERS OF HEALTH ADMINISTRATION CAPSTONE2
Internship3
CPH 585MASTERS OF HEALTH ADMINISTRATION INTERNSHIP3
Total Credit Hours41

CPH 586 - MASTERS OF HEALTH ADMINISTRATION CAPSTONE:

The capstone is designed to provide masters of health administration students with both in-class and applied managerial experience in a healthcare setting. Students are given the opportunity to integrate skills and knowledge learned through classroom instruction in the MHA program in the areas of communication and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the healthcare environment, and business and analytical skills. The capstone prepares students to succeed in management positions with hospitals, clinics and other healthcare organizations. This course must be taken in the final semester of the MHA program.

CPH 585 - MASTERS OF HEALTH ADMINISTRATION INTERNSHIP

The internship is an intensive, full-time component of the masters of health administration program providing students both experience and opportunities to observe day-to-day health management operations in a healthcare organization. Skills and knowledge learned in the course of this internship will be used to prepare the student for career placement in management positions within the healthcare industry.