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Health Care Administration M.H.A.

School of Public Health - Adm
School of Public Health
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Contact Information
School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636, Fax: 612-624-4498)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 42 to 60
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Healthcare Administration
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The full-time master of healthcare administration (M.H.A.) program is appropriate for applicants with limited or no healthcare work experience, or individuals who wish to make a career change from industries other than health care. Now ranked second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the program is accredited by the CAHME. The program's consistently high rankings are a reflection of many factors--an outstanding faculty of researchers and practitioners, location in one of the nation's centers of healthcare innovation, an extraordinary alumni association, and a track record of educating outstanding leaders for the healthcare industries.
Accreditation
This program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Full-time program applicants should have a strong commitment to managing people and resources to create and sustain outstanding healthcare services and organizations. Strong quantitative and communication skills are essential; prior experience in health care is not required. Visit SPH for detailed application requirements at www.sph.umn.edu
Special Application Requirements:
For the executive program: At least three years of management or clinical leadership experience in a healthcare organization is required. The program reserves the right to require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Managment Admission Test (GMAT) as a part of the admissions process. For the full-time program: To prepare for the program's rigorous curriculum, the faculty highly recommends the following coursework prior to matriculation: - Statistics - Accounting - Microeconomics - Finance
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
    • General Test - Verbal Reasoning: 150
    • General Test - Quantitative Reasoning: 150
    • General Test - Analytical Writing: 3.5
  • GMAT
    • Total score: 500
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 42 to 60 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: Please see website for information: www.sph.umn.edu
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 4 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Required Courses
PUBH 6560 - Operations Research and Quality in Health Care (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6556 - Health and Health Systems (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6541 - Statistics for Health Management Decision Making (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6562 - Information Technology in Health Care (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6535 - Managerial Accounting for Health Services (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6547 - Health Care Human Resources Management (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6557 - Health Finance I (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6555 - Topics in Health Economics (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6558 - Health Finance II (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6565 - Innovation of Healthcare Services (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6568 - Interprofessional Teamwork in Health Care (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6564 - Private Purchasers of Health Care: Roles of Employers and Health Plans in U.S. Health Care System (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6553 - Health Care Management Ethics (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6596 - Legal Considerations in Health Services Organizations (2.0 cr)
Advanced Problem Solving or New Product Design (Full-time MHA students only)
Students choose between the full-time or executive MHA program. 42 credits are required for the Executive MHA program, and 60 required for the full-time program. Students in the full-time program have the option of choosing the Advanced Problem Solving or New Product Design EMPHASIS with the consent of their adviser.
Executive MHA
The Executive MHA is specifically designed for practicing executives, physicians, and other healthcare professionals seeking to advance their management and leadership capabilities. This is a 42-credit, 25-month program.
PUBH 7565 - Health Care Delivery, Design & Innovation (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7556 - Health and Health Systems (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7551 - Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7535 - Managerial Accounting for Health Services (3.0 cr)
PUBH 7566 - The Henry Capstone: Core Concepts in Managing Health Care Organizations (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7536 - Health Finance I (3.0 cr)
PUBH 7576 - Legal Considerations in Health Services Organizations (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7568 - Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Health Care (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7569 - Health Care Policy (1.0 cr)
PUBH 7541 - Statistics for Health Management Decision Making (3.0 cr)
PUBH 7537 - Health Finance II (3.0 cr)
PUBH 7564 - Private Purchasers of Health Care (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7547 - Health Care Human Resource Management (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7555 - Topics in Health Economics (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7562 - Information Technology in Health Care (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7571 - Organizational Integration in Health Care Delivery (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7572 - Health Care Strategies in Competitive Markets (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7573 - Managing the Embedded Medical Practice (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7553 - Health Care Management Ethics (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6570 - Healthcare Administration (1.0-4.0 cr)
-OR-
Full-time MHA
This program is appropriate for applicants with limited or no healthcare work experience or individuals who wish to make a career change. This is a 60-credit, two-year program.
Year 1: An Introduction to Healthcare Administration
PUBH 6544 - Principles of Problem Solving in Health Services Organizations (3.0 cr)
PUBH 7596 - Clerkship in Health Care Administration (2.0 cr)
Electives (2-4 cr) - can take up to 4 elective credits during Year I
Year II: Advanced Courses and Specialization in Healthcare Administration
PUBH 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6568 - Interprofessional Teamwork in Health Care (2.0 cr)
ENTR 6041 - Initiating New Product Design and Business Development (2.0-4.0 cr)
PUBH 6554 - Healthcare Strategy and Marketing (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6727 - Health Leadership and Effecting Change (2.0 cr)
Electives (2-4 cr) - can take up to 4 elective credits during Year II
ENTR 6041 - Initiating New Product Design and Business Development (2.0-4.0 cr)
or PUBH 6577 (2 cr) Advanced Problem Solving.
Joint- or Dual-degree Coursework:
Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) Students may take a total of 24 credits in common among the academic programs.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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PUBH 6560 - Operations Research and Quality in Health Care
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Grad-level statistics/management coursework
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Using a systems perspective to develop models to analyze/improve health care operations. Identifying data needs/sources to model structures, processes, and outcomes of care. Applying quality improvement, management sciences/operations research techniques to real world health care problems. prereq: Grad-level statistics/management coursework
PUBH 6556 - Health and Health Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
U.S. health care system and health policy process, including current challenges in the areas of health care delivery, financing, and policy.
PUBH 6541 - Statistics for Health Management Decision Making
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Variation. Frequency distribution, measurement, probability, graphing. Significance tests, estimation, trends; data handling. Modeling, odds ratios. Prevalence, incidence and vital statistics. Research applications. Statistical approach to rational administrative decision making. Inductive teaching, lectures, computer/lab exercises. prereq: Health care admin student or instr consent
PUBH 6562 - Information Technology in Health Care
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Managing information as a strategic resource within health care organizations. Designing information technology systems to capture, combine, and transform information to measure processes/outcomes of care, support collaborative clinical decision making, support management decisions, empower patients, and improve health care operations.
PUBH 6535 - Managerial Accounting for Health Services
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Differential, absorption, activity-based costing. Budgeting, variance analysis. Financial accounting, including transaction data and accrual accounting. Developing financial statements. Ration analysis. prereq: AHC student or instr consent; experience with spreadsheets such as Excel or Lotus recommended
PUBH 6547 - Health Care Human Resources Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts in human resources management as applied to health services organizations. Relationship between human resources management and general management. Work and human resources. Compensation/benefits, personnel planning, recruitment/selection, training/development. Employee appraisal/discipline. Union-management relations. prereq: Health care admin student or public health admin student or instr consent
PUBH 6557 - Health Finance I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of corporate/not-for-profit finance. Net present value, financial analysis, capital budgeting, financing options/decisions, capital structure, capital asset pricing model, financial planning, working capital management. prereq: [[Health care admin or public health admin/policy major], familiarity with computerized spreadsheets] or instr consent
PUBH 6555 - Topics in Health Economics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
General principles of health economics applied to issues in health. Implications for health policy.
PUBH 6558 - Health Finance II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of corporate/not-for-profit finance and insurance concepts integrated/applied to health care. Capital/operating budgets. Medicare's payment systems for hospitals/physicians, risk-adjusted capitation payment systems. Population-based health care finance, managed care. Financing aspects of public health policy and health care reform. prereq: [[Health care admin or PubH admin/policy] student, familiarity with computerized spread-sheets]] or instr consent
PUBH 6565 - Innovation of Healthcare Services
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designing/creating new care delivery services/experiences. Exploiting opportunities for innovation. Overcoming obstacles. Capturing value. prereq: MHA student only
PUBH 6568 - Interprofessional Teamwork in Health Care
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Leading/participating in interdisciplinary teams. Team communication, problem solving, conflict management, organizational support. prereq: [Public health MPH or MHA or certificate student] or [health services research, policy/admin] MS student or instr consent
PUBH 6564 - Private Purchasers of Health Care: Roles of Employers and Health Plans in U.S. Health Care System
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development and organization of HMOs and PPOs: risk sharing, provider contracts, utilization management, quality improvement, marketing, and new product development; employer relations; Medicare and Medicaid contracting; budget processing; financial performance; pricing; government regulations. prereq: MHA or MBA or HSRP or PHA student or instr consent
PUBH 6553 - Health Care Management Ethics
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Ethical issues faced by health care managers as leaders of an organization, members of a profession, and coodinators of clinical processes. Perspectives of managerial, organizational, professional, and clinical ethics. prereq: Public health MPH or MHA or certificate student or instr consent
PUBH 6596 - Legal Considerations in Health Services Organizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Laws affecting administration of hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Administrative law, corporate/business law, labor law, civil liability, tax-related issues. Legal issues relevant to administration, decision making, and planning. prereq: Health care admin student
PUBH 7565 - Health Care Delivery, Design & Innovation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Designing/creating new care delivery services/experiences. Exploiting opportunities for innovation. Overcoming obstacles. Capturing value.
PUBH 7556 - Health and Health Systems
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
U.S. health care system/health policy process. Current challenges in areas of health care delivery, financing, policy.
PUBH 7551 - Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Understanding of/improvement in competencies of managers in organizations, particularly as applied to health services/public health organizations.
PUBH 7535 - Managerial Accounting for Health Services
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Differential, absorption, activity-based costing. Budgeting, variance analysis. Financial accounting, including transaction data/accrual accounting. Developing financial statements. Ration analysis. prereq: [AHC student or instr consent], experience with spreadsheets such as Excel or Lotus recommended
PUBH 7566 - The Henry Capstone: Core Concepts in Managing Health Care Organizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Seminar course supporting students as they complete capstone project.
PUBH 7536 - Health Finance I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Principles of corporate/not-for-profit finance. Net present value, financial analysis, capital budgeting, financing options/decisions, capital structure, capital asset pricing model, financial planning, working capital management.
PUBH 7576 - Legal Considerations in Health Services Organizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Laws affecting administration of hospitals/other healthcare organizations. Administrative law, corporate/business law, labor law, civil liability, tax-related issues. Legal issues relevant to administration, decision making, planning.
PUBH 7568 - Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Health Care
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Develop skills to function in inter-professional teams by using knowledge of various health care professions, principles of teamwork, knowledge of teams as they function in health care. Team formation, leading teams, decision making in teams, managing conflict in teams.
PUBH 7569 - Health Care Policy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Public policy environment surrounding health care/public health systems. Political context of health policy. Approaches to policy formation/analysis. Tools/strategies for influencing health policy outcomes.
PUBH 7541 - Statistics for Health Management Decision Making
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Variation. Frequency distribution, measurement, probability, graphing. Significance tests, estimation, trends. Data handling. Modeling, odds ratios. Prevalence, incidence/vital statistics. Research applications. Statistical approach to rational administrative decision making.
PUBH 7537 - Health Finance II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of corporate/not-for-profit finance/insurance concepts integrated/applied to health care. Capital/operating budgets. Medicare's payment systems for hospitals/physicians, risk-adjusted capitation payment systems. Population-based health care finance, managed care.
PUBH 7564 - Private Purchasers of Health Care
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Development/organization of HMOs/PPOs. Risk sharing, provider contracts, utilization management, quality improvement, marketing, new product development. Employer relations. Medicare/Medicaid contracting. Budget processing. Financial performance. Government regulations.
PUBH 7547 - Health Care Human Resource Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Relationship between human resources management/general management. Work/human resources. Compensation/benefits, personnel planning, recruitment/selection, training/development. Employee appraisal/discipline. Union-management relations.
PUBH 7555 - Topics in Health Economics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
General principles of health economics applied to issues in health. Implications for health policy.
PUBH 7562 - Information Technology in Health Care
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Managing information as strategic resource within health care organizations. Designing information technology systems to capture, combine, transform information to measure processes/outcomes of care, support collaborative clinical decision making, support management decisions.
PUBH 7571 - Organizational Integration in Health Care Delivery
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to integrated healthcare and integrated health systems. Design, governance, operations, strategy, and the models for effectively integrating and aligning physicians and other medical professionals in interprofessional teams.
PUBH 7572 - Health Care Strategies in Competitive Markets
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Application/understanding of competitive strategy. Prominent theories/models for health care markets.
PUBH 7573 - Managing the Embedded Medical Practice
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Build competencies in areas of design, strategy, operations, finance for embedded medical practice.
PUBH 7553 - Health Care Management Ethics
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ethical issues faced by health care managers as leaders of organization, members of profession, coodinators of clinical processes. Perspectives of managerial, organizational, professional, clinical ethics.
PUBH 6570 - Healthcare Administration
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Selected readings in healthcare administration. Discussion based on readings. prereq: dept consent
PUBH 6544 - Principles of Problem Solving in Health Services Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Problem-solving theory/technique. Solving a management problem within a health services organization. Presenting a report. Lectures, seminars, demonstrations. prereq: 6541, completed 30 hours of MHA coursework, health care administration student
PUBH 7596 - Clerkship in Health Care Administration
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Survey/solution of management problems within a local health services organization. Preparation of formal management report. prereq: 6544, health care admin student
PUBH 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00293 - Econ 5890/PubH 5893
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of traditional issues in health economics. Production of health, demand for health capital and health care, insurance theory and markets, managed care, pricing, physician's services, production and costs in health care institutions, role of government, cost effectivness analysis, reform. prereq: [[Grad or professional school] student, knowledge of [microeconomic analytical tools, analytical statistics]] or instr consent
PUBH 6568 - Interprofessional Teamwork in Health Care
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Leading/participating in interdisciplinary teams. Team communication, problem solving, conflict management, organizational support. prereq: [Public health MPH or MHA or certificate student] or [health services research, policy/admin] MS student or instr consent
ENTR 6041 - Initiating New Product Design and Business Development
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 10.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00391 - BMEn 8401/Entr 6087/ME 8221
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Product development projects sponsored by business organizations. Supervision by faculty adviser/executives from sponsoring company. Lectures, workshops, guest speakers, team meetings, company visits, projects. prereq: MBA student
PUBH 6554 - Healthcare Strategy and Marketing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Managing the marketing function, marketing planning, strategy, management concepts. Identifying marketing problems/opportunities. Constructing, evaluating, and managing a marketing plan. prereq: Health care admin student or public health admin student or instr consent
PUBH 6727 - Health Leadership and Effecting Change
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Analysis of leadership models and competencies, particularly as applied to organizational change. Applications to individual self-development and to health care organizations. prereq: Public hlth MPH or MHA or certificate student or [health services research, policy/admin] MS student or instr consent
ENTR 6041 - Initiating New Product Design and Business Development
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 10.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00391 - BMEn 8401/Entr 6087/ME 8221
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Product development projects sponsored by business organizations. Supervision by faculty adviser/executives from sponsoring company. Lectures, workshops, guest speakers, team meetings, company visits, projects. prereq: MBA student