Master of Health Administration

Master of Health Administration

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree has a long and distinguished history of preparing students to assume management and leadership positions in healthcare organizations. Our graduates go on to work in health systems, hospitals, physician practices, HMOs, long term care facilities and health insurance organizations, as well as serving as consultants. Many of CEOs of health organizations in Indiana are graduates of the Fairbanks School of Public Health MHA program.

mhaAs an MHA student, you’ll take courses that develop your business skills and you’ll become knowledgeable about the dynamic health care environment. Advanced courses include project work for health care organizations. You’ll acquire practical experience through a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including paid summer internships, our mentor program, which matches individual students with local health care executives, and health-related part-time positions. The programmatic competencies integrated into the program include an understanding of the American health care system, leadership and professionalism in the workplace, human resources management, health law/ethics, quantitative skills, financial skills, information skills, decision making, implementing change, and personal development.

Whether you wish to pursue the full time or part time option to complete the degree, you’ll take a combination of Health Administration courses and Practical Experience courses that together total 51 credits.

Shawnice Hogg

I wish people knew how rewarding health administration is.

Shawnice Hogg, MHA Class of '17

Faculty

The Health Policy and Management department is comprised of a renowned, award-winning and connected faculty. Master of Health Administration faculty are former healthcare executives and researchers who are working closely with hospitals and health systems. 

MHA Program Director: Ann Johnston, EdD, FACHE

HPM Faculty

Curriculum

All MHA candidates must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 51 credits. The curriculum includes required health administration and practical experience courses. 

Competencies

The Master of Health Administration focuses on five core areas, including understanding the context of the healthcare system, leadership and professionalism, decision making, technical skills and self-development.

MHA Competencies

Admissions

MHA students are admitted for matriculation in the fall of each year. The MHA program does not accept applications for admission in the spring term. You may apply to the Master of Health Administration Program online using either HAMPCAS or SOPHAS. HAMPCAS is the Healthcare Administration, Management and Policy Centralized Application Service. SOPHAS is the centralized Schools of Public Health Application Service. Preference is not given to one system over the other. The application deadlines are:

  • International Application Deadline: February 1
  • Priority Deadline: February 15
  • Final Deadline: May 31

Application reviews begin the first week of October. In order to be considered for first round interviews in November, applications must be completed by mid-September. Beginning in January, interviews are held monthly, until the class is filled. In order to be considered for scholarships, applicants should submit their application by February 15.

Please note that all applications must be verified by HAMPCAS or SOPHAS prior to the May 31 deadline, a process that generally takes 4 to 5 weeks to be completed. Applications that are not verified by HAMPCAS or SOPHAS by May 31 are not guaranteed review by the MHA Program Committee.

For More Information

Students who are interested in this degree are encouraged to contact the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Office of Student Services at (317) 274-2000 to speak with one of our friendly, helpful admissions advisors. We’re happy to answer questions or schedule a visit to the school.