Master of Health Administration (MHA)
100% Online Master of Health Administration
All graduate programs in the College of Public Health are nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). This graduate program offers the option to begin in the fall or spring term - whichever is most flexible for you. Additionally, there is no requirement for GRE scores!
East Tennessee State University's Master of Health Administration (MHA) is a professional degree preparing graduates for leadership positions in health administration. The MHA indicates to potential employers that the student has obtained a high level of knowledge related to the health services management environment. The ETSU Master of Health Administration is accredited through the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH).
If you have an interest in healthcare but would prefer to find a job as a manager, executive, or administrator, then you might consider obtaining a master’s degree in health administration (MHA). MHA programs are designed to transform students into resilient individuals prepared for the needs and demands of leadership, by helping them to obtain the knowledge required to respond effectively in the growing field of healthcare. Your graduate level education will help you gain the knowledge, values, and skills required to offer patients the highest standard of care.
MHA graduates can work in careers that oversee the business side of running a health organization. They will work with the financial and administrative aspects of medical care, and frequently supervise other employees at the same time, ensuring that ethical, legal, and financial regulations are always met.
ETSU’s cutting-edge MHA program teaches students through four pillars of competency: Finance, Quality, Policy & Regulation, and People & Partnerships. Each of these pillars incorporates methods of leadership and communication into the core of their coursework to ensure that these leaders are resilient and are fully capable of driving population health improvement.
Here are just a few of the competencies graduates of this program will achieve:
- Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing health outcomes
- Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
- Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
- Apply systems thinking tools to a health issue
- Analyze data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming, and software, as appropriate
- Interpret results of data analysis for health research, policy or practice
- Apply quality and performance improvement concepts and tools to address organizational performance
- Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
- Apply key principles of accounting and financial management in health services organizations
- Apply legal and ethical principles to issues of health services management and policy analysis
- Discuss main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services in the U.S.
The Master of Health Administration offers two tracks:
Allows the student to utilize past managerial experience to forego the internship requirement and Studies in Healthcare Administration coursework, allowing the student to accelerate their degree progress.
Available to students who do not have workplace experience but who have completed an undergraduate degree from any field of study.
Information about the curriculum and graduation requirements can be found in the ETSU Graduate Catalog.
|What can I expect with an M.H.A. v. M.B.A. v. M.P.H.?
Credits to complete this program: 42-51 credit hours
|TN Residents||eRate (Out of State, 100% online)||Out of State|
|$601 per credit hour||$751 per credit hour||$1442 per credit hour|
*Note, tuition discounts are available for border county students.
Read more about cost, paying for courses, scholarship options and financial aid.
Steps to Apply
1. Choose Your Program
The College of Public Health offers a number of master level programs that can be completed online or in the classroom. You can also chose to start the program in either the Fall or Spring terms.
Here are the Public Health programs you can choose from:
- MPH - Biostatistics
- MPH - Community Health
- MPH - Epidemiology
- MHA - Health Administration
3. Submit Your SOPHAS ApplicationApplicants are encouraged to submit their SOPHAS applications as soon as they have entered their course work, Resume/ CV, and personal statement. Transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (if applicable) should be designated for your SOPHAS application, and will be automatically attached to your application when received.
4. Application is Received by the College of Public HealthThey will monitor your submitted application and request any additional materials necessary to complete our evaluation. They begin reviewing your application only after it becomes “Verified” by SOPHAS and includes all necessary materials. You will then receive a confirmation email indicating your application has been forwarded to the review committee. Please monitor your application status often.
5. Your Application is ReviewedEach Department has created a specialized review committee to evaluate applicants on their individual strengths. Recommendations for admission are made based on the applicants with the greatest chance of success in the programs. If you have any questions about the strength of your application, we encourage you to contact the department representative.
*Notes and Additional Information*
While the college has a priority and a final deadline, all applicants are encouraged to apply before the priority deadline.
Applications made to SOPHAS can take up to four (4) weeks to be processed and released to the college. Average SOPHAS processing time is two (2) weeks.