What is the MHA?
The MHA program prepares students for effective organizational management based on competencies and evidence based practices needed to become exceptional managers and leaders in health care organizations. The 48 credit hour curriculum is designed for healthcare professionals who have 2 or more years of experience in health services administration in such settings as hospitals; managed care organizations; medical group practices; ambulatory, long-term care, insurance and pharmaceutical companies; consulting firms; government agencies; for-profit and nonprofit sector organizations.
The MHA degree focuses on the organization and effective and efficient management of health services organizations within dynamic policy and competitive market environments. The central focus of course material is on organization, operation and financing of the health services organization and on the development of a strong set of business management skills for application within the market-based health care environment. In essence, an MHA is a business degree that focuses on the intricacies of the health care industry and prepares students to lead their organizations to meet, and even exceed, the needs of their communities.
How long does it take to earn an MHA degree?
The MHA online program follows a part-time model, students will progress through the program over 3 years.
How many credit hours are required for the MHA degree?
The MHA program is a 48 credit hour program that includes an integrative capstone project, completed over 2 semesters.
What should I expect from graduate studies?
The mission of the MHA online program is to start early to mid-career students on a path towards becoming exceptional managers and leaders. This requires not only a foundational knowledge of the healthcare industry but, more importantly to develop competencies (hyperlinked) critical to success in the field. To do so, students, will have the opportunity to learn by participation in team-based learning, case studies, analysis of real world data, simulations and external field experiences. To assess progress, the MHA program and faculty utilize a blend of traditional assessment methods to test knowledge and higher order assessments to test competency attainment through class discussions, reflective learning, peer assessments, presentations, internship preceptor feedback, policy briefs, financial modeling and oral presentations.
Is the UNTHSC MHA program CAHME accredited?
Yes! Our program is DFW’s first CAHME accredited program. In addition, the UNTHSC School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
What does a holistic review of an application mean?
The Masters Admission Committee reviews all previous academic coursework, standardized test scores, relevant experience, and personal references. Furthermore, the committee assesses the alignment between the mission of the MHA Program and the applicant’s career goals, including articulation of how the UNTHSC MHA will help achieve those goals.
What is the approximate cost to attend?
For MHA residential students, total tuition and fees cost is approximately $14,600. For MHA non-residential students, total tuition and fees cost is approximately $37,000.
** Approximate costs include total tuition & fees, course fees, transcript, matriculation and graduation fees included. These costs are subject to change.
Who should I contact if I don’t see the answers to my questions?
If you have specific questions about the MHA program or curriculum contact:
Arthur Mora, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Health Behavior and Health Systems
MHA Program Director
If you have specific questions about admissions please contact:
Brandon Sermon, MA
Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator