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Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) Program Overview


A graduate of the University of Providence’s Master of Healthcare Administration program will be a leader in healthcare.

This leader will apply systems, leadership, finance and communication theories and strategies to improve operations and create healthy person-centered environments. Using informatics and information technology, this leader will use evidence and data to improve decision-making, accountability and quality outcomes in healthcare.

Program Curriculum

Masters in Healthcare Administration

Program Mission Statement

Our mission is to partner with and support early to mid-career healthcare professionals from a variety of backgrounds who are seeking to advance their careers and make a greater contribution as leaders within their chosen settings across the healthcare delivery system.

Our curriculum and practitioner faculty translate theory to workplace application with a focus on knowledge and competency building. The curriculum was designed to nurture accountable leaders who approach challenges analytically, reviewing data and evidence, while integrating ethical, compassionate, cultural, regulatory, and legal considerations in decision-making.  The program highlights intrapersonal understanding and self-development to support cultivating collaboration and leading teams to execute change. The central focus of the program is leadership development, with courses and concepts woven through the program to complement didactic learning about the healthcare system.

Of MHA Graduates Receive a Promotion*
Of MHA Graduates Receive New Job Responsibilities*

*Note: Data presented in the above statistic reflect FA2020 MHA Graduates. All of the FA2020 MHA graduates entered the program as healthcare professionals.

Program Details

Find out all the details you need to earn a Master of Healthcare Administration degree

Program Vision Statement

Through an emphasis on workplace application focused on the development of character, competence and commitment, we aspire to be recognized as a program of choice for early to mid-career healthcare professionals who wish to prepare for the next steps in leadership.

Program Value Statement

The Master of Healthcare Administration program values reflect the university’s focus on character, competence, and commitment along with the university core themes of seeking to understand, living in community and searching together. We believe healthcare leaders must exemplify character, competence, and commitment to serve and lead.  Together we seek to understand the healthcare environment, the inherent challenges of delivering quality care, and the diverse needs of stakeholders.  We live in community with stakeholders – patients, their loved ones, and provider/caregivers from all specialties and settings. Together, we search daily for the best approaches to delivering quality care and for developing healthier communities.

Program Format
  • Eight-week online courses for working professionals with short breaks between courses
  • 6 semesters for a total of 24 months
  • Cohort model- students gain a sense of community and individual attention as they progress through the program with the same group of students
  • Virtual program immersion prior to the start of the program
  • New cohorts begin in January and August each year
Program Themes
  • Communication and Listening
  • Informatics and information technology
  • Ethical and transformation leadership
  • Critical thinking
  • Complex systems and strategic planning
  • Practice Competency
Program Cost
  • Total General Program Cost: $928/credit
  • Total cost for PSJH caregivers and their dependent: $693/credit 
  • A $38 application fee is required by GradCAS
Program Curriculum
  • MHA 510 Leadership Theory
  • MHA 522 Preparation, Professionalism, and Advocacy
  • MHA 531 Social Justice, Law and Policy in Healthcare
  • MHA 518 Evidence-Based Management for Healthcare Leaders
  • MHA 512 Applied Leadership
  • MHA 521 Population Health – A Community Orientation
  • MHA 502 Healthcare Systems
  • MHA 565 Healthcare Budgeting and Financial Planning
  • MHA 565 People and Experience
  • MHA 523 Strategic Planning, Marketing, and the Patient Experience  
  • MHA 505 Healthcare Informatics
  • MHA 535 Healthcare Law and Ethics
  • MHA 525 Transformational Leadership
  • MHA 524 Regulations, Risk and Compliance 
  • MHA 698 Capstone I
  • MHA 699 Capstone II

Program Outcomes

Our Master's in Healthcare Administration program offers students invaluable learning opportunities and leadership experiences. Our mission is to partner with and support early to mid-career healthcare professionals from a variety of backgrounds who are seeking to advance their careers and make a greater contribution as leaders within their chosen settings across the healthcare delivery systems.

Learning Outcomes
  • Apply systems and leadership theories and informatics to affect change to meet strategic goals.
  • Integrate leadership attributes and apply ethical, compassionate, cultural, regulatory, and legal factors in making leadership decisions.
  • Synthesize and apply effective communication strategies and skills within organizations to create healthy person-centered environments.
  • Demonstrate emotional intelligence, reflective personal growth and compassionate leadership when leading organizations.
  • Apply data collection methods, applications, sampling systems and informatics to improve decision-making and accountability.
  • Analyze data, evidence-based practice and financial systems to ensure quality and safety in processes.
Capstone Projects & Requirements
Recent Capstone Projects
  • Paramedicine Home Visits
  • Health Information Management, Prior Authorization and Referral Management Centralization
  • Hierarchical Condition Category (coding recapture)
  • Staffing Metrics primary care practice
  • Patient Attendance (no shows/cancellations)
  • Provider Onboarding with communication of culture/mission, vision, and values



As part of your academic program, students participate in an Capstone project.  In order to complete this project, there may be required background check, drug screen and proof of immunizations.

If your site requires additional verifications, you will be sent a link to Verified Credentials  (a third party provider of background screening, drug testing, and compliance management services) to complete these requirements.  The results of the background check and drug screen or failure to submit proof of immunizations may determine if you remain eligible in the program.  The facility where the student completes their capstone project will be provided proof that a background check, drug screen, and proof of immunizations has been completed.

Employment Forecast

“Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, there should be increased demand for healthcare services. The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $100,980 in May 2019.”

Citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers

Recent Graduates Job Information

Check out the types of jobs our most recent graduates hold:

  • Assistant Nurse Manager
  • Executive Director, Website Operations
  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Talent Advisor
  • ARNP, Clinical Faculty
  • Director of Inpatient Nursing
  • Laboratory Support Supervisor
  • Clinical Director of Behavioral Health Integration
  • Senior Compliance and Project Implementation Coordinator
  • Regional Director, Claims
  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • ICU Nurse
  • Program Coordinator
  • HR Business Partner
  • Dental Clinic Manager
  • Team Lead, Patient Financial Services

Contact Information


Kari Thurston

Director of Admissions Operations/SHP Program Management

Frankie Lyons, Ed.D.

Associate Dean of Health Programs