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Master of Health Administration

Master's

Program Overview

The Master of Health Administration degree from Central Michigan University readies you for senior health care leadership. Gain the expertise and business acumen to respond to the dynamic nature of today's industry and become a leader. With training in critical thinking and strategic operations, you'll help ensure an enduring and effective future for the evolving field of health care.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Part-Time
Location: Online
Program Length: 3 years
Credit Hours: 51

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

As a talented health care professional, this program will further develop your leadership skills and business ingenuity to guide the future of the evolving and complex industry. Health care occupations are on track to grow 32 percent by 2030* — you’ll be equipped to stand out as a leader grounded in management principles, innovation and strategic thinking.

You'll study best practice models and methods for effectively planning for the delivery of health care services and their marketing. You’ll hear from experts in the field on the best approaches for health care leadership, decision-making and accountability. Our faculty will guide you through the study and application of health care-specific courses such as law, compliance, risk management, finance, human resource management, strategic planning and managerial epidemiology.

Our semester-long internship will help you practice and elevate your skills in the field. Looking to transition from the direct-care side to the managerial side? Our project-based field experience or applied research project will help you make that transition by demonstrating your leadership effectiveness and knowledge of patient care.

This MHA program is offered by the distinguished Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions in a flexible online format.

Please note: The program is a Candidate for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The curriculum is designed to meet the standards of this accrediting body and CAHME accreditation is anticipated in early 2023.

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*The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects medical and health services management job opportunities to grow 32 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for other management occupations (9%) and all occupations (8%), https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-6

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Program Highlights

With our MHA program, you'll:

  • Be prepared for entry-, mid- and senior-level health care positions, depending on your prior experience.
  • Gain the required skills in strategic and critical thinking to thrive in this profession as you manage and lead a health care organization.
  • Have the broad-based and comprehensive knowledge that sets you up for success in an array of health care administration positions.
  • Take program courses online, so you learn on your own schedule and at your convenience.

Careers & Outcomes

Possible careers with this master's degree include hospital administrator, long-term care director, group practice manager, senior department manager, and community and public health managers.

Career Projected Salary
Nursing Home/Home Health Administrator $72,803
Healthcare Administrator $67,959
Health Care Analyst $74,643
Supply Chain Director $103,269
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