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Health Administration, Master of Science in (M.S.H.A.)

Dolores G. Clement, Dr.P.H., FACHE
Professor and director, graduate programs in health administration
(804) 828-0719

Carolyn W. Wells
Coordinator, M.S.H.A. program
(804) 828-7799


Admission requirements summary

Health Administration, Master of Science in (M.S.H.A.)

of entry:


Mar 1


See for full program information and requirements.

The professional program is a 22-month full-time and 31-month part-time distance-learning course of study leading to the award of a Master of Science in Health Administration. It can be completed while working full time, because time away from work and home is minimized with six one-week on-campus periods over the 22-month period. The program is designed specifically for self-motivated, mature and experienced professionals who are seeking advanced preparation in management and administrative roles that ultimately lead to executive positions in complex health services organizations. Part-time options also are available.

The program is designed to meet the distinctive professional development needs of:

Applicants to the M.S.H.A. program should be employed in health care and have a have a minimum of five years of professional experience in addition to the academic requirements detailed in this bulletin. The 41-credit-hour curriculum emphasizes leadership in career progression as well as strategic and operational management of health care organizations.

The professional M.S.H.A. program-online has been continuously accredited and, in 2011, was awarded a six-year accreditation extension.

Student learning outcomes

Goal/domain Competency Description/learning outcomes
I. Communication and relationship management
Interpersonal communication Build collaborative relationships and negotiation skills
Writing skills Prepare business communications
Presentation skills Demonstrate effective oral communication and presentation skills
II. Leadership
Leading and managing others Hold self and others accountable for organizational goal attainment
Change management Promote and manage change
Ability for honest self-assessment Demonstrate reflection through self-assessment
Systems thinking Be able to assess the potential impacts and consequences of decisions in a broad variety of situations
Problem-solving and decision-making Apply evidence-based decision making techniques to health care questions
III. Professionalism
Personal and professional ethics Adhere to ethical business principles; exhibit ethical behaviors
Professional and community contribution Participate in community service; balance professional and personal pursuits
Working in teams Create, participate in and lead teams, including inter-professionalism
IV. Knowledge of the health care environment
Health care issues and trends Demonstrate knowledge of circumstances causing major changes and reform in U.S. health care delivery
Health care legal principles Discuss and critically analyze health-related legal principles including standards, regulations and risk management
Health policy Articulate the impact of select health policies on the delivery of health services
Population health and status assessment Understand and explain the major factors in health status to healthcare professionals
V. Business and analytical skills
Financial management Demonstrate the ability to compile and analyze financial data; develop capital, operating and cash flow budgets; analyze investment data; pro forma development
Human resources Apply methods and techniques related to the management of health care organization employees and professional staff
Organizational dynamics and governance Understand and be able to explain the roles, responsibilities, structures and influence governing bodies hold in health care organizations
Strategic planning Ability to perform environmental analysis; discern competitive strategy; formulate business strategy based on evidence
Marketing Analyze and assess markets, market segmentation, strategy, change and innovation
Information management/ understanding and using technology skills Apply techniques and methods to plan, design, implement and assess information flow and communication
Quality improvement/ performance improvement Apply concepts of process improvement and patient safety to relevant problems
Quantitative skills Analyze data and interpret quantitative information
Planning and managing projects Design, plan, implement and assess projects related to performance, structure and outcomes of health services
Economic analysis and application Analyze and apply economic theory and concepts to business decisions



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