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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

Health Administration - MHA

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Degree Title: Master of Health Administration

Program Name and Number: Health Administration - MH8157

Department/Unit: Social and Public Health

Delivery Mode: Online

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Mission: The mission of the rigorous and comprehensive MHA fully online program is to prepare innovative, knowledgeable, and skilled leaders who strive to improve the US health care system while continuing to advance their careers. Oriented exclusively to students who are experienced, mid-career, health professionals, the MHA online program extends Ohio University’s quality and tradition beyond its walls.  It focuses on content essential to leadership in the health care industry and on development of skills to solve complex problems, identify and communicate with various stakeholders, maximize teamwork, and meet organizational goals.

Program Learning Objectives:

  • Apply principles of organizational behavior and development to problem identification, solution proposal, change and conflict management.
  • Use financial management concepts and tools to sustain organizational viability while protecting quality of care.
  • Develop skills to negotiate legal, ethical and public policy challenges in the leadership of health care organizations.
  • Optimize the performance of a diverse workforce through leadership of human resource policies, processes, and practices.
  • Guide use of appropriate administrative and clinical information technology structures.
  • Use strategic planning and market analysis to lead stakeholders to a common vision that manages quality of care and supports strategic goals.
  • Develop strategic communication skills, knowing when and how to inform key stakeholder.

Program Overview:  The Ohio University Master of Health Administration (MHA) online degree program prepares mid-career, experienced professionals for leadership positions in a variety of U.S. health organizations. The MHA program prepares strategic leaders who can offer solutions to health care challenges – today and tomorrow. The program is delivered entirely online.

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Graduation Requirements:

  1. Minimum semester hours required = 36
  2. Thesis requirement = No
  3. Qualifying exam = No
  4. Comprehensive exam = No
  5. Expected time to degree following program model = two years

Culminating Experience: The Ohio University Master of Health Administration program culminates in a required course, HLTH 6380 – Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Services.  This course is taken after all other program courses have been successfully completed.  It serves as a capstone course, with a project that depends on learning from all previous coursework. The project involves the students like consultants in investigating the situation of a real health care system.  Given a narrative and data about the health system, they are asked to provide an analysis of the system’s real situation and to prepare a strategic plan based on this analysis.  The health system selected demonstrates issues from every curricular area of the MHA program (eg. financial, ethical, legal, human resources, epidemiological, etc.). Preparation of the plan requires that students be able to utilize outside resources (regulatory documents, capital funding options, etc.), collate and weigh information and demonstrate leadership-level decision-making.  In addition, the student product requires identification of stakeholders and their role in the strategic plan, recommended communication strategies and change management strategies.    

Admission Requirements:

  1. Entrance Examinations Required/Recommended: English Language Testing when English is not first language
    1. IELTS 8.0 minimum across all bands
    2. TOEFL 100 (iBT) minimum, 26 minimum on Writing Section, or
  2. Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited institution or equivalent
    1. Minimum GPA: 3.00
    2. Coursework Required:  Statistics, Financial accounting with grade of ‘B’ or better or completion of approved non-credit courses which can be taken after admission.
  3. Resume or Vitae
  4. Number of letters of Recommendations: 3
  5. Professional Statement - Statement should detail purpose and goals (250-500 words) identifying skills, career and educational accomplishments, and professional plans and why the Ohio University MHA online program is the right educational path.
  6. At least two years of recent, professional, full-time experience in the US health care system.

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