Health Systems Management, MHA

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About Health Systems Management

The master of health administration (MHA), health systems management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The United States Department of Education and Council on Higher Education Accreditation have granted formal recognition to CAHME as the only organization to accredit master's level health care management programs in the United States and Canada. This master's program prepares future executives to assume leadership positions in health care organizations. We prepare health care professionals with strategic, business, analytic, and decision-making skills needed to successfully navigate the evolving health care industry.

This 46-credit hour program prepares students to work as leaders and executive-level managers in evolving health systems, or as consultants and managers of health-related organizations. The curriculum was developed in response to the demand for advanced health management preparation for a variety of health care and allied health professionals to be employed in both the public and private sectors of health care:

  • hospitals
  • health systems
  • consulting and regulatory entities
  • medical practice groups
  • ambulatory clinics
  • managed care organizations
  • local, state, and federal government agencies
Commision on the Acreditation of Healthcare Management Education

Contact us for more information about our graduate programs

The online format uses the same curriculum as the on-campus format. Online format courses are taken one at a time. Each course lasts 8 weeks.

Join the MHA Healthcare Leaders of Tomorrow (MHALT)

Learn more about this graduate student organization and how to join (pdf).

Professional Competencies

The MHA in health systems management curriculum is driven by a set of professional competencies, organized into five domain clusters. At the completion of the program, students are expected to achieve targeted proficiency in each of the competencies associated with the following domains.

  1. Knowledge of the Healthcare System and Healthcare Management
  2. Communications and Interpersonal Effectiveness
  3. Critical Thinking, Analysis and Problem Solving
  4. Management and Leadership
  5. Professionalism and Ethics

Capstone Practicum

Capstone Students

The Capstone Practicum is a vital part of the curriculum, completed as a culminating experience at the end of the program. Students function as an integral member of a health system, hospital, consulting firm, health care agency, or other organizational entity and complete a non-thesis project assigned by their preceptor. Analysis of the problem provides the context in which theoretical concepts and management skills are applied to the resolution of an important organization issue or initiative.

Learn more about the Capstone Practicum.

Meet Our Alumni

Tulay Soylu

Tulay Soylu
MHA '15

Austin Brown

Austin Brown
MHA '15

Diana Sherriff

Diana Sheriff
MS '14


Please visit our department’s FAQs for prospective students. If you still have unanswered questions, please email us or contact the program coordinator.

Martin Perlin

Martin S. Perlin, DBA, MBA
Associate Professor
Phone: 703-993-1967
Fax: 703-993-4009