The Master of Health Administration (MHA) in Health Systems Management program prepares students with the knowledge and skills to work as leaders and executive-level managers in evolving health care organizations. The curriculum was developed in response to the demand for advanced health management preparation for a variety of health care and allied health professionals to be employed in hospitals, health systems, consulting and regulatory entities, medical practice groups, ambulatory clinics, managed care organizations, and government agencies in both the public and private sectors of health care.
The program of study offers state-of-the-art technical and humanistic skills so that graduates may serve as leaders, managers, and consultants in various settings. The curriculum integrates concepts from a variety of disciplines such as business management, economics, finance, philosophy, organizational behavior, marketing, information technology, social psychology, public policy, law, and ethics as they apply to the administration of health care organizations.
The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to prepare graduates with an understanding of the larger sociopolitical, global health, and economic contexts in which the U.S. health system operates. It provides working professionals with leadership knowledge and managerial skills and abilities that contribute to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health systems and alignment of decisions and resources to optimize organizational and health-related public policy goals. Students examine social imperatives for access to health services and the feasibility, need, and mechanisms of market factors. They create links and alignment between public and private sectors and among voluntary, market, and regulatory forces in the context of a variety of public policy frameworks. Students explore the design and management of seamless systems of care, information technology, and services that support the providers of health-related care and services over the life span. Using ethical principles, students explore approaches to improving access to care and services and the quality and safety of health systems and their integration to maximize quality of life and community health.
Health care professionals with a baccalaureate degree and one to three years of recent experience in health or a related management or technology field are eligible to apply. Applicants must meet the admission standards and application requirements specified in Graduate Admissions. Applications to the MHA program should be submitted via the Health Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS). The application process is competitive, and applications are considered for the fall and spring semesters. For application deadlines and detailed application requirements, refer to the CHHS Admissions website.
For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.
Transfer of Credit
Students may transfer a maximum of 12 credits from graduate courses taken at other institutions or taken at Mason in non-degree status. Transfer credit is subject to university and college policies and must be approved by the program director and the dean. Students who enroll initially through non-degree studies should seek course advising through the department and should submit their application to the MHA program in their first semester of study.
The program schedule is geared toward working professionals. The usual schedule for students involves part-time study, comprising two classes (6 credits) per semester. Classes are held primarily in evenings, with some Saturday daytime classes. Selected courses also are available via the Internet.
English Language Test Score Thresholds
International students whose scores on the English Language Tests are below the thresholds required by the program must take EAP 508 Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III (Credits: 4) in their first semester of study and earn a grade of B (3.0) or higher.
Total credits: 46-47
The program of study comprises 46-47 credits: required courses (40-44 credits) and two electives (6 credits). International students whose scores on the English Language Tests are below the thresholds required by the program are required to take EAP 508 - Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III (Credits: 4) in their first semester of study and earn a grade of B (3.0) or higher. As a result, their elective requirement will be reduced from 6 to 3 credits. This will increase the degree requirements for these students from 46 to 47 credits.
|HAP 602||Statistics in Health Services Management||3|
|HAP 621||Organization Behavior and Healthcare Leadership||3|
|HAP 678||Introduction to the U.S. Health System||3|
|HAP 686||Quality Improvement in Health Services||3|
|HAP 702||Managerial Accounting in Health Care||3|
|HAP 703||Financial Management in Health Systems||3|
|HAP 704||Contemporary Issues in Health Systems Management||3|
|HAP 705||Strategic Management and Marketing in Health Care||3|
|HAP 707||Human Resource Management in Healthcare||3|
|HAP 715||Health Economics||3|
|HAP 740||Management of Health Information Systems||3|
|HAP 750||Legal Issues in Health Administration||3|
|HAP 789||Pre-Capstone Professional Development Seminar||1|
|HAP 790||Capstone Practicum in Health Systems Management||3|
|International students whose scores on the English Language Tests are below required thresholds are required to take EAP 508 Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III in their first semester of study.|
|EAP 508||Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III||4|
|Complete six credits of the following: 1||3-6|
|Select one health insurance course:|
|Essentials of Health Insurance and Managed Care|
or HAP 764
|Health Policy and Government Payment Systems for Health Care Services|
|Select one policy course:|
|Health Policy Development and Analysis|
or HAP 746
|Health Policy Leadership|
International students required to complete EAP 508 will have a reduced elective requirement from 6 to 3 credits.