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Master of Health Administration

Pfeiffer's Master of Health Administration (MHA) program offers entry and mid-level health service managers the opportunity to gain the leadership skills necessary to thrive in health service industries of the 21st century. By combining the fields of business and health service administration, our program emphasizes the practical applications you need to master the managerial, financial, legal, and ethical considerations of today's health service environment.

  • Set your own pace for achievement by taking advantage of our flexible classroom scheduling and online course offerings.
  • You'll learn in small classes with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • In addition to our affordable tuition, financial aid is available for those who qualify.
  • The program is carefully designed to encompass all areas of healthcare - hospitals, ambulatory care, mental health, public health, practice management, government policy, long term care, managed care, and insurance.
  • Our Health Services Administration Certificate program is also available for students who already have a master's degree.
  • The program provides international experiences in Europe, the United Kingdom, Liberia, and Canada. Coursework stresses the key business and leadership skills necessary for success in the healthcare industry. Across the program, you'll also find a focus on responsibility and ethical decision-making.
  • With classes offered at our convenient Charlotte and Triangle campuses as well as online, this program is ideal for working professionals.
  • Concentration in Leadership and Organizational Change

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Health Administration - Course Descriptions

MHA 710 - Contemporary Health Administration   (3 SH)
Major issues associated with the current and future organization and delivery of health services in the United States. Concepts and applications of organization and management in the health sector are explored.

MHA 712 - Population Health   (3 SH)
An overview of population health concepts that illustrates the intersection between the priniples of epidemiology and models of population health management with emphasis on improving the health of communities and populations. The leading health indicators as identified in Healthy People 2020 serve as a focal point for the course.

MHA 715 - Legal and Ethical Perspectives in Healthcare Administration   (3 SH)
exploration on the ethical and legal implications of various situations found in healthcare settings. Legal foundations, principles and processes, including the origins of health .

MHA  720 - Health Services Marketing (3 SH)
Survey of marketing concepts as applied to service based organizations; emphasis on market analysis, consumer behavior, market segmentation, target marketing, relationship marketing and managing the market mix of services and communications.

MHA 725 -  Health Services Policy   (3 SH)
Policy making and strategy making in the public and private health sectors. Governmental and corporate management of issues associated with access, cost and quality; influences of biomedical and corporate ethics; processes of innovation. Particular emphasis is placed on the processes of policy formulation, implementation, assessment and modification.

MHA 730 - Health Economics   (3 SH)
Economic and statistical analysis applied to health sector; concepts of efficiency and effectiveness applied to the production and distribution of health services; institutional description of health insurance, government programs, and health organizations; analysis of policy issues from economics point of view. 

MHA 735 -  Health Services Information Management   (3 SH)
Exploration of concepts and applications of information technology in the contemporary healthcare marketplace. Focus on design, development and operations of integrated administrative and clinical management information systems.

MHA 738 - Heathcare Human Resources Management   (3 SH)
An examination of the theories, requirements and practices associated with managing human resources in healthcare organization. Focuses upon strategic and operational aspects of human resources planning and management in a changing healthcare environment. Implications for strategic human resource management to gain a competitive edge.

MHA 740  - Health Services Financial Management   (3 SH)
Application of accounting and finance to decision making for health care and managed care professionals; emphasis on financial statement analysis, working capital management, capital, cash and accrual budgets and capital budgeting techniques; and cost benefit analysis of projects.

MHA 742 - Operations Management and Quality in Healthcare   (3 SH)
This course focuses on contemporary practices in the management of operations and quality. Students learn the various methodologies and tools for measuring quality performance in process and outcomes management. Emphasis upon the unique issues of leadership in operations management and continuous quality improvement with recognition of global competition.

MHA  776 - Comparative International Health   (3 SH)
A practical focus on the interrelationships between business and health in an international setting. The course includes didactic learning and a trip to an international country in between semesters where students will experience on-site lectures and discussions with foreign health, government, and business leaders. Students have up to two semesters to complete the course. Students may elect to take this course or MHA 777 Comparative
International Health Sutdy in fulfillment of the MHA degree curriculum. Special Note: Students must register for this course one semester prior to the scheduled trip.

MHA 777 - Comparative International Health Study   (3 SH)
A focus on the interrelationships between business and health through a comparison of the US healthcare system and an international healthcare system. This course includes didactic learning and a faculty-guided comparative research paper on an applied international health policy or management topic of a country of choice. Students may elect to take this course or MHA 776 Comparative International Health in fulfillment of the MHA degree curriculum.

MHA 790 -  Practicum in Health Administration   (3 SH)
Faculty-guided independent study offered in cooperation with the student's employer or an organization of choice. The student is required to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills from the curriculum to practical management situations. Student may elect to take this course or MHA 795 Applied Research in Health Administration in fulfillment of the MHA degree curriculum. Students have up to two semesters to complete the practicum.

MHA 795 -  Applied Research in Health Administration   (3 SH)
Faculty-supervised independent study course to introduce the student to research techniques in health administration. Emphasis will be placed on research methods as well as the research of others from professional publications. A major research paper will be prepared and submitted for evaluation. Students may elect to take this course or MHA 790 Practicum in Health Administration in fulfillment of the MHA degree curriculum. Students have up to two semesters to complete the course.

MHA 798 - Special Topics   (3 SH)
Addresses the development and analysis of community-based and regional health-related information regarding population status, organizational structure, control regulation and resource requirements to ensure successful program design, implementation and management. Prerequisite: BMAL 311

MHA 799 -  Strategic Health Services Management   (3 SH)
An overview of health planning in the U.S. and its relationship to contemporary health services marketing. Emphasis will be placed on strategic marketing models for health organizations and methods for implementing these models within the total health care environment. Topics include the strategic management process, the marketing concept, organizational culture, ethics and marketing research.

Health Administration - Curriculum

  • MBA 701 Organizational Communications
  • MHA 710 Contemporary Health Administration
  • MHA 712 Population Health
  • MHA 715 Legal and Ethical Perspectives in Healthcare Administration
  • MHA 720 Health Services Marketing
  • MHA 725 Health Services Policy
  • MHA 730 Health Economics
  • MHA 735 Health Services Information Management
  • MHA 738 Healthcare Human Resources Management
  • MHA 740 Health Services Financial Management
  • MHA 776 Comparative International Health
  • -OR-
  • MHA 777 Comparative International Health Study
  • MHA 790 Practicum in Health Administration
  • -OR-
  • MHA 795 Applied Research in Health Administration
  • MHA 799 Strategic Health Services Management
  • Elective: One 3 semester hour course from the MSL curriculum

Health Administration - Joint Degree Programs

mbamha imageMBA/MHA

The Joint Degree MBA/MHA program incorporates an efficient combination of the most significant components of the Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration programs. The course of study culminates with neither a separate MBA or a separate MHA; rather, the Joint Degree MBA/ MHA is an intensive single degree program. The program is intended primarily for clinicians and healthcare managers whose career paths require advanced competencies in both quantitative and qualitative aspects of management. The program will be of significant benefit to persons who have worked in healthcare for at least five years. Individual arrangements may be developed for persons with less tenure in the health sector. A highlight of the program is an eight to ten day international study where students travel to Austria, Canada, Germany, England or other destinations under the direct supervision of Pfeiffer professors.

 

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mhamsl imageMHA/MSL

The Joint Degree MHA/MSL program incorporates an efficient combination of the most significant aspects of the single degree Master of Health Administration and Master of Science in Leadership programs. The course of study culminates with neither the Master of Health Administration nor the Master of Science in Leadership; rather, the MHA/MSL is an intensive single degree program. The program is intended primarily for clinicians and healthcare managers whose career paths require advanced competencies in qualitative and quantitative aspects of management. In addition to providing functional knowledge in the key managerial, finance, legal and ethical areas of the healthcare enterprise, it will provide the latest knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage others and to successfully implement change initiatives. In so doing, the individual will be better prepared for leadership in the rapidly changing and extraordinarily complex health service environment of the 21st Century.

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