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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 is to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders with the competencies necessary to transform our healthcare systems. Our aim is to provide post-graduate education to experienced working professionals who will assume leadership positions in a variety of health service organizations.

Our practitioner- teacher educational model combines life-long learning, knowledge and service to ensure our diverse student, adjunct faculty and alumni are leading the transformation of our health systems.

This practioner-teacher model provides academic expertise with a practical focus to equip future leaders with tangible skills to successfully navigate the healthcare sector. Examples include health systems, hospital, physician practices, ambulatory surgery centers, community health centers, US military health units, government and public sectors providers, the health insurance industry, long-term care center, medical rehabilitation programs, and mental health providers.

Our curriculum is designed on core competencies which integrates and combines healthcare management acumen using an evidence-based management paradigm which will provide leaders' successes in the ever-changing world of health service delivery.

Vision Statement:

Our vision is to be an accredited, nationally-ranked graduate healthcare management program intending to be the first choice for working-professionals in the communities we serve.


Ambitious: Our practitioner- teacher faculty encourages our student to have a strong desire to learn and to apply practical solutions to real world problems facing healthcare organizations.

Community-focused: Our MHA program nurtures students to become actively engage in their healthcare communities through the use of group facilitation skills, and collaborative problem-solving methodologies.

Ethical: Our MHA Students will demonstrate an understanding of the facts related to issues requiring an organization to choose between alternatives that need to be evaluated as appropriate and correct.

Competent: Our MHA Students will have the necessary ability, knowledge, or skills to meet healthcare challenges of rising cost, regulatory criteria, medicinal and technology advancements, professional development and ethical considerations.

Webster University MHA Competency Model:

3 MHA Dimensions:

  • People
  • Management
  • Strategy

Webster University MHA Competency Model:

3 MHA Dimensions:

  • People
  • Management
  • Strategy

3 MHA Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

  • PLO 1 -  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.
  • PLO 2 - Students will be able to apply fundamental healthcare management skills to problem-solving, decision-making, planning, delegation, communication, and time management.
  • PLO 3 -  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.

22 MHA Competencies

People Dimension

  1. Building Community Partnerships: (Understanding the importance of building strategic partnership and relationships)
  2. Professional Business Communication: (Demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication skills)
  3. Organizational Behavior: (Understanding how actions and attitudes can affect organizational outcomes)
  4. Personal & Professional Ethics: (Adhere to ethical business principles while exhibiting ethical behaviors)
  5. Professional & Community Contribution: (Demonstrates a high standard of ethics, sound professional practice skills, social accountability and community stewardship)
  6. Human Resources: (Understand human resource issues, problems and learn to solve problems through negotiation and collaboration)
  7. Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning: (Participate in continuing education and career planning)

Management Dimension

  1. Leading and Managing Others: (Hold self and others responsible for organizational mission, vision and goals)
  2. Systems Thinking: (Able to assess the potential impacts and consequences of decisions in a broad variety of situations elated to healthcare delivery)
  3. Healthcare Issues and Trends: (Examine population health trends and demographic)
  4. Financial Management: (Understand and communicate financial information, evaluate budgets and interpret financial information)
  5. Strategy & Marketing: (Analyze marketing issues in healthcare organizations to prepare appropriate strategies to meet demands) technology kills to support strategic and operational management decision-making)
  6. Information & Knowledge Management: (Understanding and using technology skills to support strategic and operational management decision-making)
  7. Quantitative Skills: (Analyze and interpret quantitative information)
  8. Planning & Managing Projects: (Apply problem solving techniques to healthcare)
  9. Legal Principles: (Discuss and critically analyze health-related legal principles)

Strategic Dimension

  1. Strategic Planning: (Develop and discuss a strategic plan for a healthcare organization.)
  2. Quality & Process Improvement: (Apply concepts of process improvement to relevant problems)
  3. Organizational Dynamics & Governance: (Understand the roles, responsibilities, structures, and influence governing bodies exhibit in health care organizations)
  4. Problem-Solving & Decision-Making: (Apply research methods and quantitative skills to healthcare questions.)
  5. Population Health & Status Assessment: (Understand and explain the major factors in health status to healthcare professionals)
  6. Health Policy: (Articulate the impact of select health policies on the delivery of health care services)

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)

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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