The Executive Education Alternative for Today’s Health Care Leaders
Online Master of Health Administration and graduate certificate programs for experienced professionals: high-quality, individualized curriculum in health care administration and management.
- No GRE or GMAT requirements
- Interdisciplinary curriculum focused on leadership within the health care system
- Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
- Designed for aspiring executives within the health care industry
- Graduate certificates available in health care administration, finance, operations, and policy and regulation
Discover the UC Master of Health Administration Program
Why Choose UC for Your Online MHA Degree?
If you are seeking an institution with earned prestige, impressive rankings and respected accreditation, the University of Cincinnati meets those requirements and more:
- The UC College of Allied Health Sciences is an innovator in distance education.
- The online MHA program offers a unique mix of faculty with a solid reputation in the health care, law and business fields.
- UC is categorized at the highest level of higher education, as a Doctoral/Research University – Extensive by the Carnegie Commission.
- UC has a history of notable achievements in research, a novel curriculum and respected program accreditations.
- UC was the first university to offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing and an emergency medicine training program.
The College of Allied Health Sciences
Now more than ever, there is an incredible demand by patients for high-quality health care services. We work to enhance and improve patients’ quality of life by discovering, teaching and applying knowledge related to the health sciences, with health administration as a major aspect of this effort. The college recognizes three universal issues in today’s health care system: cost, access and quality. We develop professionals who are dynamic leaders prepared to manage the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Online Graduate Certificates
In addition to the online MHA program, the University of Cincinnati also offers graduate certificates for working professionals interested in a specialized discipline within health care management. These include:
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration
Presents a mix of finance, economics, managerial and health care courses to help equip students with the skills needed to lead, manage and administer a health care system, hospital or hospital network.
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Operations
Illustrates how leaders can achieve cost-effective operational excellence through strategic planning and systematic decision-making skills that support a patient-centered organization.
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Finance
Offers an understanding of financial management within the health care delivery system and its effects on the continuity and quality of health care.
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Policy and Regulation
Explores the management and regulation of health care services in relation to the impact of programs and policies on the health of individuals and populations.
Everything You Need to Know
Expectations for superior health care services are at an all-time high. The need for well-rounded professionals who understand the full scope of health administration is expected to remain strong as patients, providers and payers seek to navigate an ever-changing health care landscape.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment for medical and health service managers will grow by 17% through 2024 to meet today’s health care delivery challenges. As such, opportunities for health care administrators who possess an MHA degree exist in a variety of settings, including:
- Consulting firms
- Health insurance organizations
- Health care associations
- Mental health organizations
- Physician practices
- Public health departments
- Rehabilitation centers
- Research institutions
- Skilled nursing facilities
According to the BLS, average salaries for health administrators can range from $50,000 to $144,000, depending on education, experience, geographic area, job title and type of occupational setting. The median annual wage in May 2015 was $94,500.
The BLS projects the health care industry to grow by 19% between 2014 and 2024, adding more than 2.3 million jobs, more than any other industry. In 2013 there were more than 15.8 million jobs in health care in the U.S.
Positions for new graduates with a master’s in health administration span the full spectrum of operational functions in a health care setting. Management and leadership roles can often be found in:
- Government relations
- Human resources
- Information systems
- Marketing and public affairs
- Material management
- Medical staff relations
- Nursing administration
- Patient care services
- Planning and development
MHADegree.org has identified the top-paying careers for professionals with these valuable credentials. Opportunities and corresponding average salaries include:
The master’s in health administration program from the University of Cincinnati can be completed online in approximately two years, in a convenient, flexible format that allows students to maintain their personal and professional commitments. Individuals who aspire to lead the changes and meet the challenges of today’s health care industry can gain a broad spectrum of knowledge through a comprehensive curriculum presented by a unique partnership between the University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences and Carl H. Lindner College of Business.
HCA 7001: Health Systems Management 1: Organization & Delivery
HCA 7002: Health Systems Management 2: Principles of Leadership
FIN 7021: Health Care Finance 1: Analysis
FIN 7022: Health Care Finance 2: Decision Making
ECON 7021: Health Care Marketplace 1: Health Economics
MGMT 7022: Health Care Marketplace 2: Strategic Success
HCA 7031: Health Policy 1: Health Policy & Regulation
HCA 7032: Health Policy 2: Legal & Ethical Issues
HCA 7041: Health Quality 1: Evidence-Based Decision Making for Managers
OM 7042: Health Quality 2: Total Quality Management
HCA 7033: Global Health Systems
HCA 7081: Emerging Issues in Health Systems Management
HCA 7099: Health Systems Management CapstoneRead More
Earning a master’s in health administration degree or graduate certificate from one of the nation’s top-ranked universities has several advantages, one of the most important being receiving an excellent, up-to-date education presented by experienced practitioners and academicians.
The faculty at the University of Cincinnati are active leaders in the health care field with robust academic and research interests. You can learn from and interact with accomplished individuals, including these highly credentialed professionals:View Faculty Bios
Why did you choose UC’s MHA program?
I chose UC’s MHA program to further my knowledge as a business (Bachelor’s of Business Administration) and health care (Licensed Practical Nurse) professional. UC has an excellent reputation and the program structure fits my busy schedule. The program is designed to prepare health care professionals to become the next generation of managers and executive leaders. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be a Bearcat?
What do you like best about the MHA program?
Everyone affiliated with the program is wonderful and always willing to help. The professors I have had so far have been knowledgeable, challenging and fair. My cohort is diverse with intelligent, friendly and professional people who are great to share ideas with and learn from.
What would you tell someone interested in earning their MHA about why they should look at UC’s program?
The program is very educational and covers current information we are able to use immediately. If you are looking to pursue a rewarding yet challenging career in health care management, this is the program for you. UC’s MHA program is currently developing the health care leaders of tomorrow. Go Bearcats!
— Albert Bass
Degree applications are accepted continuously throughout the year. Your application for admission will be reviewed on the strength of your ability for graduate studies, based on the following criteria:
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
- Undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
- List of three references: one which addresses the applicant’s academic readiness for graduate-level work, one which addresses the applicant’s work ethic and habits, and one which addresses the candidate’s communications and interpersonal skills
- Resume of personal, professional and educational background
- Written statement of applicant’s professional and academic goals
- Complete the University of Cincinnati online graduate application
- International applicants must have a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 580 (paper version), 237 (computer), or 93 (Internet), and obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees and other relevant documents
Applications are accepted year round, and a new class begins every semester — fall, spring and summer.
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Application deadlines are subject to change. Please contact your advisor for the most up-to-date information.Read More
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM FAQS
Below you will find answers to a collection of frequently asked questions to help guide you in making the transition to online student as smooth as possible.
Q: Are there any prerequisite courses required for admission to the program?
A: No, we do not require prerequisite courses for admission.
Q: What tips would you give someone regarding their letter of intent when applying for the program?
A: First and foremost, honesty is an important consideration when writing this letter. Each applicant is asked to share how prepared he or she is to handle the rigor of the online MHA program. The letter should also express his or her vision for the future, including the type of role he or she wishes to pursue after graduation.Read More
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