Health Administration, MHA

Degree

Master of Health Administration or Executive or Master of Health Administration

School

Global Health Management and Informatics

OVERVIEW

Healthcare administrators play an integral role in managing public health systems, hospital networks and healthcare facilities. The Master of Health Administration program offers two tracks, which provide choices particular to your interests within healthcare management.

Whether you are a healthcare professional who is ready to move into a leadership position or a recent college graduate who wants to further your education, this program will provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in the fast-changing field of healthcare management.

Health Services Administration Track

The 51-credit hour curriculum in the program’s health services administration track emphasizes leadership, strategic and financial planning, and issues and trends in healthcare. Classes are offered in mixed-mode with convenient day and night courses to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals. Upon graduation, students will have completed an internship and gained valuable experience. If you have further questions about the program, check out the plan of study or visit the FAQ section.

What are the admissions criteria?

To be considered for admission to the program’s health services administration track, you must submit the following:

  • An official transcript of your undergraduate degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (either cumulative or the last 60 credit hours)
  • A one-to-two page goal statement that describes who you are, what your career goals are and how this degree will assist you in making those goals a reality
  • Your resume
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college or university outside of the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc.

Where do I apply?

All prospective students must apply via the College of Graduate Studies page.

How much is the tuition?
Current tuition rates are found on the tuition and fees page. Be sure to select the appropriate program level as “graduate” to reflect the correct tuition cost.

What kind of financial aid is available?
UCF’s Office of Student Financial Assistance provides aid to students who cannot afford the full cost of tuition. A variety of scholarships, grants and loans may be made available to students based on need and academic achievement. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance page.

Can I attend the program part time?
Yes, you can enroll on a part-time basis. Part-time students typically complete the degree within three-and-a-half years.

What was the completion rate for the last graduating class?
89% of the matriculating students completed the program within three-and-a-half years.

What percentage of students were employed within three months of graduating?

88% of graduating students were employed within three months of graduation.

 

Executive Health Services Administration Track

The 44-credit hour curriculum in the program’s executive health services administration track emphasizes leadership, strategic and financial planning, and issues and trends in healthcare. This track is fully online to provide greater access to interested candidates and accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Students admitted to the program belong to a cohort that take the same classes in the same sequence, allowing for greater collaboration, networking and an increased sense of community.

What are the admissions criteria?
To be considered for admission to the program’s executive health services administration track, you must submit the following:

  • An official transcript of your undergraduate degree that shows a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • A one- to two-page goal statement describing why you want to pursue this degree or how it will help you meet your career goals.
  • Your resume
  • Three letters of recommendation. These should be from professional references, but one of them must be from the applicant’s current supervisor
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college or university outside of the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Candidates are also required to have at least three years of administrative or clinical experience in healthcare.

Where do I apply?
All prospective students must apply via the College of Graduate Studies page.

How much is the tuition?
The estimated cost per credit hour is $772.69. This includes all university fees, which may be subject to change. Current tuition rates can be found on the tuition and fees page. Be sure to select the appropriate program level as “graduate” to reflect the correct tuition cost. Please note that UCF employee and state tuition waivers are not accepted for this program.

What kind of financial aid is available?
UCF’s Office of Student Financial Assistance provides aid to students who cannot afford the full cost of tuition. A variety of scholarships, grants and loans may be made available to students based on need and academic achievement. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance page.

Do I have to enroll as a full-time student?
Yes, students must enroll on a full-time basis and will be required to take two classes per semester. Students will be able to complete the program within two years.

Will I be required to visit the campus?
No. The program’s executive health services administration track can be completed entirely online and utilizes advanced video technology so that students can communicate with each other without having to visit the campus.

How does the cohort model work?
The program’s executive health services administration follows a cohort model, which means that each group of students admitted during the fall admissions cycle will progress through the program of study together. The advantages of this model include:

  • An increased sense of community
  • Enhanced opportunities for networking and collaboration
  • Faculty can cover certain topics in more depth

What was the completion rate for the last graduating class?
92% of the matriculating students completed the program within two years.

What percentage of students were employed within three months of graduating?
93% of graduating students were employed within three months of graduation.

ADMISSIONS & ADVISING

Upon admission into the program, we ask that students meet with an academic advisor to develop a plan of study, which they will follow during their academic career. Our advisors can guide you through the program and answer any questions you may have about the degree. However, we ask that you visit the program’s FAQ section before scheduling an appointment, as it may provide the answer to your question.

For more information on the health services administration track, download the printable brochure or view a breakdown of the course offerings in the UCF Graduate Catalog. For more information on the executive health services administration track, download the program brochure from our UCF Online page.

STUDENT RESOURCES

Scholarships
Career Services

MISSION, VISION & VALUES

The Master of Health Administration program prepares current and future health administrators to make positive contributions to the healthcare industry. Our diverse student population achieves competence in the healthcare environment by:

  • Understanding healthcare systems
  • Applying business skills
  • Communicating and managing relationships
  • Demonstrating excellence in leadership
  • Exhibiting professionalism and ethical conduct

Our program competencies are developed through exceptional, media-enhanced instruction, and reinforced through expert faculty who create and disseminate knowledge that improves managerial practice, strengthens health systems worldwide through global partnerships, and significantly contributes to the profession’s body of knowledge through applied research, publications and presentations. Program competencies are also applied through service learning, experiential projects and practical internships with community partners.

In addition to the core values of UCF (Integrity, Scholarship, Community, Creativity and Excellence), the program embodies these values:

  • Respect for the dignity of each individual.
  • Fairness and Equity in matters of employee relations, resource allocation, and dispute resolution.
  • Accountability of individual faculty, staff, and students to one another and to society.
  • Continuous Improvement in the quality of work of faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  • Teamwork among student, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • Opportunity building for students, faculty, and alumni.
  • Responsiveness to change and innovation.
  • Diversity of individual faculty, staff, and students.

ACCREDITATION

CAHME Accredited
AUPHA Certified

The program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. CAHME is the only organization recognized to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in healthcare management education and is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. CAHME Accreditation is the benchmark for students and employers alike to ensure the integrity of healthcare management education. Our graduate program is also a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

CAHME Mentorship Circle

CAHME Mentorship Circle
CAHME Mentorship Circle status recognizes that the program — in addition to achieving the high standards of CAHME accreditation — engages in activities that help extend CAHME’s mission of advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education. Mentorship Circle status recognizes that the program provides opportunities to other students and programs to advance their own experiences and skills — for the good of the entire healthcare field.

CONTACT US

Health Services Administration Track
Dr. Kourtney Nieves

Executive Health Services Administration Track
Dr. Dawn Oetjen

 

 

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