L-R: Dr. Martin Perlin, Melissa Martin, Allison Anderson, Brittany Stone George Mason MHA students place third in national health administration case completion debut. Read more.
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:
consulting and regulatory entities
medical practice groups
managed care organizations
local, state, and federal government agencies
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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.
Knowledge of the Healthcare System and Healthcare Management
Communications and Interpersonal Effectiveness
Critical Thinking, Analysis and Problem Solving
Management and Leadership
Professionalism and Ethics
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.
Please visit our department’s FAQs for prospective students. For questions about the graduate admissions process, please contact the CHHS Office of Graduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-993-1736. If you still have unanswered questions, please email us email@example.com or contact the program coordinator.