Master of Health Administration

Major: Health Administration
Degree Awarded: Master of Health Administration (MHA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours:
45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.0701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

The Master of Health Administration program consists of 10 core courses, one on-site residency, and one elective course, for a total of 45.0 credits. All courses, except for the residency, will be conducted online through Drexel University Online. The residency is designed to provide students with a full master's level collaborative experience, with on-campus and/or community activities, and the experience of working directly with health care or public health service organizations to improve the planning, delivery and evaluation of these services.

Students will learn the extent of health disparities in urban areas based on current health indices, such as infant mortality rates, life expectancy and violence, and the policy, systems management, and epidemiological tools for addressing these.

The curriculum includes community orientation, financial skills, analytical thinking, and strategic orientation. The community orientation is expressed in the public health approach in courses such as the Introduction to Descriptive Epidemiology and Biostatistics, which is based in the tradition of social epidemiology.

Students collaborate to produce an Applied Management Project which will be assigned in groups as a culminating project for the program. In this project, students will apply management tools and/or research tools to address particular administrative challenges, assuring that students think at an organizational level and use particular strategies to respond to change.

In addition to the content of the workforce course, self-confidence and self-development are integrated in the management courses and the on-campus portion of the program, which encourages self-reflection, application of theoretical perspectives, and synthesis of data and management tools. In the online portion of the course, students engage in threaded discussions with classmates about their completed projects.

The curriculum is designed to allow a student to graduate in two academic years, by taking two courses in the fall, winter, spring of year one; one course in the fall, two courses winter and spring terms of year two; and one five-day on-site residency. Students can also complete the program in three years by taking one course per term, including the summer term in Year 1 and Year 2. In this option, the five-day residency is in the summer of Year 2.

Additional Information

The contact for this program is:
Melissa Aliulis, BS
Administrative Coordinator
Health Administration Department
267-359-5859
maa46@drexel.edu

Degree Requirements

The Master of Health Administration program consists of 10 core courses (37.0 credits), one on-site residency (4.0 credits), and one elective course (4.0 credits), for a total of 45.0 credits.

REQUIRED COURSES
HSAD 500Historical Influences on the US Healthcare System4.0
PBHL 701Introduction to Descriptive Epidemiology and Biostatistics3.0
HSAD 505Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy4.0
HSAD 540Resources, Recruitment and Retention in Healthcare4.0
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
HSAD 515Practice issues in Healthcare Management4.0
HSAD 522Applied Management Project *4.0
HSAD 530Politics and Policy of Healthcare Resources4.0
HSAD 525National Health Expenditures4.0
HSAD 550Planning in the Era of the Affordable Care Act4.0
PBHL 603Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
ELECTIVE COURSES (4 credits from the following list)4.0
Advanced Healthcare Marketing
Risk Management
Group Dynamics in Health Care Management
Global Health and Management Issues
Total Credits45.0

*

HSAD 522 is taken during the first week of Summer term.


Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
HSAD 500Historical Influences on the US Healthcare System4.0
PBHL 701Introduction to Descriptive Epidemiology and Biostatistics3.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 2
HSAD 505Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy4.0
HSAD 540Resources, Recruitment and Retention in Healthcare4.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 3
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
HSAD 515Practice issues in Healthcare Management4.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 4
HSAD 522Applied Management Project4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 5
HSAD 530Politics and Policy of Healthcare Resources4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 6
HSAD 525National Health Expenditures4.0
HSAD 550Planning in the Era of the Affordable Care Act4.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 7
PBHL 603Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
ELECTIVE COURSES-4 CRS. FROM THIS LIST4.0
Advanced Healthcare Marketing 
Risk Management 
Group Dynamics in Health Care Management 
Global Health and Management Issues 
 Term Credits7.0
Total Credit: 45.0

Health Services Administration Faculty

Jesse Ballenger, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Associate Teaching Professor. Healthcare, medicine and ethics; aging and neurodegenerative diseases; Science and Technology Studies.
Fred DiCostanzo, EdD (Rutgers University). Assistant Professor. Organizational leadership, Healthcare Management, Human resources and team effectiveness
David Flood, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. Medical humanities: an examination of topics in medicine and health care from the perspectives of literature, the arts, and medical ethics.
Stephen F. Gambescia, PhD, MEd, MBA (Temple University). Professor. Health care policy, nonprofits and health care, and health care management and leadership.
Kristine A. Mulhorn, PhD (University of Delaware) Chair, Department of Health Administration. Professor. Disablity and aging; cross-national methods of functioning.
Constance Karin Perry, PhD, EMT (University of Buffalo). Associate Professor. Biomedical ethics and ethical theory. Research interests include autonomy, personhood, feminist ethics, the ethics of animal experimentation, and ethical issues in reproduction and pregnancy.
Michelle Sahl, PhD, MEd, MBA, MBE (The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia). Associate Teaching Professor. Health management and policy: management and leadership of health services organizations, urban health, and the history of health care systems.
Spencer R. Ward, PhD (University of Nebraska). Assistant Professor. The use of behavioral techniques to reduce performance anxiety, improve the knowledge acquisition process and promote distance-learning models.
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