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Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Healthcare is one of the top five industries in the United States. Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22% between 2010 and 2020.

Healthcare managers plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health related services. They are often employed in the healthcare delivery sector as managers of hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, as well as solo and group physician practices. They may also be employed in other sectors of the healthcare industry, such as in pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, and healthcare consulting firms.

Webster University can prepare you to meet the demand for jobs in the growing field of healthcare management with our Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree. 

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Walker School MHA Program Webster University's George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology develops mid-career healthcare professionals for progressively responsible management and leadership positions in hospitals and other provider-based organizations. Our curriculum provides students with the competencies needed to move into successively higher positions within the healthcare field.

The Walker School MHA Program is designed to facilitate students' ability to provide value with regard to people skills, managerial skills, and strategy. We focus on providing students with real world examples and knowledge utilizing a largely practioner faculty model.

Vision Statement:

The Walker School MHA Program aspires to be a nationally recognized graduate healthcare management program.

Values:

Respect
A culture of respect facilitates highly positive interactions between and among students, staff, faculty, and other stakeholders.

Knowledge
Knowledge allows us all, regardless of the role we serve, to maximize our capacity for achievement.

Potential
Every individual has the potential to succeed.

Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity in all its forms enriches the educational experience—both in and out of the classroom.

MHA Learning Outcomes & Competencies:

3 MHA Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

  • Students will be able to explain the importance healthcare leadership styles and communication skills have in professional development and in managing effective teams and predicting human behavior in an organization.
  • Students will be able to apply fundamental healthcare management skills to problem-solving, decision-making, planning, delegation, communication, and time management.
  • Students will be able to incorporate strategic thinking to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, and to operationalize healthcare organization's mission and vision.

13 MHA Competencies

People Dimension

  1. Community Orientation - Understanding the importance of building strategic partnership and relationships
  2. Communication - Prepare business communications
  3. Organizational Behavior - Understanding how actions and attitudes can affect organizational outcomes
  4. Human Resources - Understand human resource issues, problems and solutions


    Management Dimension


  5. Leading and Managing - Hold self and others responsible for organizational mission, vision and goals
  6. Financial  - Analyze and interpret financial information
  7. Marketing - Analyze marketing issues in healthcare organizations 
  8. Information Technology - Understanding and using technology skills 
  9. Quantitative Analysis - Analyze and interpret quantitative information
  10. Legal Principles - Discuss and critically analyze health-related legal principles


    Strategic Dimension


  11. Strategic Planning - Develop and discuss a strategic plan for a healthcare organization
  12. Health Policy - Define the operational and economic impact of select health policies on the delivery of health care services 
  13. Quality & Process Improvement - Apply concepts of process improvement to relevant problems

What Differentiates the Webster MHA Program from Others?

A Dynamic Curriculum
Our curriculum merges solid training in management with in-depth coverage of healthcare issues. Students graduate from the Webster MHA program with the skills and knowledge they need to make a positive impact on the organizations in which they serve.

Dedicated and Knowledgeable Faculty
Courses are taught by practitioner faculty, which enables students to gain knowledge from instructors who are specialists in their respective fields. Most faculty members work full time as senior executives in hospitals, insurance companies, healthcare consulting firms, and other healthcare organizations.

Small Class Sizes
The small teacher-student ratio facilitates lively discussion which enriches the learning environment.

Customized Program Options
Students have the following options available to customize their MHA degree program at Webster University. In addition to the master’s of health administration, students may choose to pursue one of the following:
-MBA/MHA dual degree (54 credit hours)
-MBA with an MHA emphasis (36 credit hours)

Flexibility
Courses are offered during five convenient terms per year: August, October, January, March, and May. Students can take one or two courses per term depending on their schedules.

Job Outlook

90% of students who completed a master's degree in Health Administration in 2018 were employed full-time post graduation in regional and local healthcare facilities. The future is bright for the healthcare industry, as employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20% from 2016-2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018).

MHA Degree Programs

To read about specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, click on a program from the following list:

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