Health Administration MHA

Major: Health Administration
Degree Awarded: Master of Health Administration (MHA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits:
Co-op Option: None
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 two elective courses for a total of 45.0-46.0 credits. All courses, except for the residency, will be conducted online through Drexel University Online. The residency, based at Drexel University's University City campus, 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 be prepared for leadership roles in health-related businesses or organizations.

The program is designed for experienced health care professionals seeking to explore the three areas of health leadership - transformation, execution and people. The program's curriculum is grounded in the business of health care with every class focusing on real-life application to some aspect of the health care industry. The curriculum is led by experienced on-campus faculty and addresses three core areas:

  • Business of Health Management
  • Health Methodologies
  • Healthcare Policy and Health System

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 Applied Management Project, 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.

This curriculum is designed to help students achieve their goals on a timeline that fits their lifestyle and allows a student to graduate in 18 months up to three years. Students also have the option to enter during the fall or spring term.

Additional Information

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Degree Requirements

HSAD 500Historical Influences on the US Healthcare System4.0
HSAD 501Managerial Epidemiology3.0
HSAD 505Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy4.0
HSAD 515Practice issues in Healthcare Management4.0
HSAD 522Applied Management Project4.0
HSAD 525National Health Expenditures4.0
HSAD 530Politics and Policy of Healthcare Resources4.0
HSAD 540Resources, Recruitment and Retention in Healthcare4.0
HSAD 550Strategic Planning for Healthcare Administration4.0
IPS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
ELECTIVE COURSES (Choice of 2)7.0-8.0
Intro to Long Term Care & Post Acute Care Admin
Aging & Disability Policy in the US
Advanced Healthcare Marketing
Risk Management
Group Dynamics & Leadership in Health Care Management
Global Health and Management Issues
Evaluation and Assessment of Healthcare Systems
Comparative Health Systems
Total Credits45.0-46.0

Sample Plan of Study

 Two Year Sample Plan of Study  FALL ADMISSION

First Year
HSAD 5013.0HSAD 5004.0HSAD 5154.0HSAD 522**4.0
HSAD 5054.0Elective *3.0-4.0HSAD 5504.0HSAD 5404.0
 7 7-8 8 8
Second Year
HSAD 5254.0IPS 5643.0  
HSAD 5304.0Elective4.0  
 8 7  
Total Credits 45-46

Student is able to take one 3-credit elective only


Course is typically delivered intensively as a residential course in week 1 of Summer Quarter

Three Year Sample Plan of Study  FALL ADMISSION

First Year
HSAD 5054.0HSAD 5004.0HSAD 5504.0Elective4.0
 4 4 4 4
Second Year
HSAD 5013.0HSAD 5304.0HSAD 5154.0HSAD 522**4.0
   Elective *3.0-4.0
 3 4 4 7-8
Third Year
HSAD 5254.0IPS 5643.0HSAD 5404.0 
 4 3 4 
Total Credits 45-46

Student is able to take one 3-credit elective only


Course is typically delivered intensively as a residential course in week 1 of Summer Quarter

Two Year Sample Plan of Study  SPRING ADMISSION

First Year
  HSAD 5013.0HSAD 5004.0
  HSAD 5054.0Elective4.0
   7 8
Second Year
HSAD 5254.0IPS 5643.0HSAD 5154.0HSAD 522**4.0
HSAD 5304.0Elective3.0-4.0HSAD 5504.0HSAD 5404.0
 8 6-7 8 8
Total Credits 45-46

Three Year Sample Plan of Study  SPRING ADMISSION

First Year
  HSAD 5054.0HSAD 5004.0
   4 4
Second Year
HSAD 5013.0Elective4.0HSAD 5404.0HSAD 5504.0
 3 4 4 4
Third Year
IPS 5643.0HSAD 5254.0HSAD 5154.0HSAD 522**4.0
 3 4 4 7-8
Fourth Year
HSAD 5304.0   
Total Credits 45-46

Note: Some terms are less than the 4.5-credit minimum required (considered half-time status) of graduate programs to be considered financial aid eligible. As a result, aid will not be disbursed to students during these terms.

Program Level Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Describe methods for summarizing health and epidemiological data and use those methods to analyze statistical data sets.
  • Identify ethical principles relevant to health care systems to analyze health care or health administrative issues based on these principles.
  • Analyze which method of quality management is most appropriate given a specific health care environment.
  • Apply economic concepts and economic analysis to examine health care expenditures in the delivery of health services propose solutions based on the results.
  • Describe the major components of organizational structure (e.g., structure, vision, mission) and identify how they affect health care business and apply tools in human resources management to health care environment (e.g., employee selection, training and development, performance management and performance appraisal) in the context of current legal responsibilities.
  • Apply the appropriate financial management tools in a health care delivery system, for the purpose of planning, budgeting and financial analysis.
  • Describe the major components of a healthcare organization’s strategic planning process, apply appropriate environmental assessments and identify key components of market analysis.
  • Conduct policy analysis on current health policy issues based on the role of all branches of government and the role of regulation at federal, state and local authority in health matters, including environmental health and workplace safety.
  • Identify the political, legal and regulatory factors that presented avenues and obstacles for health care delivery, explain the importance of the historical foundation of American values, culture and norms in the evolution of health care system changes and discuss the implications of the historical events and patterns on the health of the US population.

Health Services Administration Faculty

Jesse Ballenger, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Clinical Professor. Healthcare, medicine and ethics; aging and neurodegenerative diseases; Science and Technology Studies.
Fred DiCostanzo, EdD, RN (Rutgers University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Organizational leadership, Healthcare Management, Human resources and team effectiveness
Stephen F. Gambescia, PhD, MEd, MBA, MHum, MLS, MCHES (Temple University). Clinical Professor. Health care policy, nonprofits and health care, and health care management and leadership.
Kevin Mitchell, PhD, MBA (Walden University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Health Services Administration; continuous quality improvement, strategic health care management. Research interests include health disparities in vulnerable population, evidenced based medicine and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.
Kristine A. Mulhorn, PhD, MHSA, FGSA (University of Delaware) Chair, Department of Health Administration. Clinical Professor. Disability and aging; long-term care and post-acute care administration, cross-national interventions for health aging
Sharrona Pearl, PhD (Harvard University). Associate Teaching Professor. Medical ethics; science studies; history of science and medicine; critical race, gender, and disability studies; media studies.
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.
Gina Yacovelli, MAT, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CPB (University of The Arts). Instructor. Medical Billing and Coding. Coding and compliance specialist; medical record auditor; Evaluation and Management content expert; and Neurosurgery coding.