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Master of Healthcare Administration

Master of 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 Mission Statement

Our mission is to partner with and support healthcare professionals who are seeking to advance their careers. Our curriculum and practitioner faculty translate theory to workplace application with a focus on knowledge and competency building, along with leadership development. Assignments and Capstone Projects reflect development of competencies required for healthcare leadership.

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.

Program Details

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

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
  • Face-to-face 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 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.
Program Cost
  • Total General Program Cost: $839/credit
  • Total cost for PSJH caregivers and their dependents: $641/credit 
  • The MHA program has a non-refundable required tuition deposit of $150 to secure admission into the program. This deposit will be applied to the first tuition bill.
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
Capstone Requirements

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