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. Applicants are asked to share how prepared they are 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.
Q: Do letters of recommendation need to come from someone in the health care field or an academic reference?
A: No, this is not a requirement. Letters of recommendation should come from someone who knows you well and can assess you as a candidate. The reference should highlight your academic ability, work ethic and other aspects that speak to your ability to succeed in the program.
Q: Is there any credit for work experience or for other degrees already earned?
A: Although experience and other educational accomplishments are great advantages in this program, we cannot offer academic credit for life experience or for degrees already completed.
Q: Can work experience be considered in lieu of a bachelor’s degree?
A: No, a bachelor’s degree is required for admission into the online MHA program.
Q: How do University of Cincinnati MHA tuition costs compare?
A: According to a competitive study conducted in 2013, our tuition is below the national average of $35,000.
Q: Can you complete the entire curriculum online?
A: Yes, this program was designed to be completed 100% online. It will consist of online coursework allowing flexibility for working professionals.
Q: Is the program accredited?
A: The University of Cincinnati is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA). The NCA is recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Q: I am new to online learning. How is the material presented?
A: Coursework is presented in Blackboard. In Blackboard you can view videos and PowerPoint presentations; participate in discussion boards and chat sessions with faculty and peers; and complete quizzes and assessments. Textbooks will also be utilized within the course for reading assignments. It is important to have reliable Internet access and log on at least once per day to check announcements and stay current with your coursework and assignments.
Q: How does someone working outside of health care complete the Capstone course?
A: The capstone course is designed to give you the opportunity to show that you have mastered all competencies set forth in the program’s curriculum. As you progress through your core and concentration courses you will develop more focused interests which will guide you toward a Capstone project. Your faculty capstone advisor will aid you in the process of designing the project and locating the appropriate practice-based mentor.
Q: How many credit hours are taken per term?
A: For the master’s program, students will take 2 to 3, 7.5-week courses per 15-week term. A typical course will consist of 3 credit hours. Graduate certificate students can take as few as one 3-credit-hour course a semester or up to 4 courses worth 12 credits.
Q: Will classes take place during the summer?
A: Yes, this is one of the three terms per year within the program.
Q: What is the benefit of a master’s in health administration?
A: For those wishing to advance in health management and leadership, an MHA degree is considered the premier degree for this path. The MHA curriculum teaches leadership and analytical business skills as they directly relate to health care administration. Research institutions are beginning to see the economic, political and social impact of highly educated health care administrators.
- A master’s in health administration is focused on leadership, management, quality improvement and the allocation of resources to improve health and health care delivery. Students learn how to make evidence-based decisions about health care, but they concentrate on how to manage human, financial and other resources within health systems to achieve the best health care results.
- The MPH degree is focused on improving the health of populations. Students may complete an MPH with as little as one course in administration. They focus more on topics like health education, biostatistics, epidemiology and other disciplines.
- The MHA and MBA are degree programs that deal with business knowledge and skills. Overall, MBA programs have more emphasis in areas of finance, accounting, strategic management, marketing, international business and more general business concepts and principles, while MHA programs focus on the business concepts and organizational leadership skills specific to the needs within the health care industry.
Q: How will health care reform affect a health administrator’s role? A: Health care reform is about access to care, quality of care and health care costs. The professional with an MHA degree is well-equipped to handle the allocation of scarce resources and examine issues of health management and policy.