Master of Health Administration

 

The MHA is a 60-credit hour program that prepares the graduate for a career as a senior administrator of a health service organization. 

Mission

The University of Oklahoma Master of Health Administration program’s mission is to prepare aspiring healthcare executives, primarily from the South Central region of the United States, to achieve leadership and management positions within the healthcare industry. Graduates will be recognized by their peers and superiors as competent and able to demonstrate excellent knowledge, skills, and abilities that drive transformation through rigorous academic study and real-world application. Our competency model is the successful understanding and evaluation of the US healthcare system, communication, executive leadership and ethical decision-making, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, patient outcome improvement, and professionalism.

Vision

We will be evaluated and recognized by healthcare leaders as a premier masters-level health administration program in the South Central region of the United States. Seeking the most competitive students, we will prepare them for successful careers in administrative leadership, quantitative analysis, and quality outcomes within the national healthcare industry.

Values

Excellence, Professionalism, Innovation, Leadership, Integrity and Stewardship.

Health Administration and Policy: MHA Admission Requirements When applying to the MHA program, please be prepared to meet the following requirements:

 

(1) Completed application in SOPHAS

(2) Completed supplemental application through the University of Oklahoma

(3) Official GRE or GMAT score submitted through SOPHAS

(4) Minimum TOEFL score of 100, if applicable

(5) Bachelors degree from accredited university or college

(6) Interview with Admissions Committee (in-person or via web-conferencing).

 

Once the MHA Admissions Committee has received your complete application, it will score the candidate based on academic performance (rigor of institution and program of study, GPA), GRE scores, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. The Committee will then use the scores to determine whether to invite the candidate for an interview, which will also be scored. Considering all scores, the Committee will then determine whether to extend an offer of acceptance.

MHA FAQs

  1. Can I complete the MHA degree while working full time? Yes, we have many students who do that. The three-year track is designed for the working adult who can take 3 courses per semester.
  2. When are your courses usually offered? Our courses are offered in 3-hour blocks of time. They are traditionally offered from 12-3pm, 3pm-6pm, or 6-9pm on Monday-Thursdays. Again, this helps facilitate working during the day.
  3. How can I get financial assistance? First, it is critical to know the MHA costs only about $370 per credit hour. Second, scholarships are available for incoming MHA students and current MHA students. Third, many employers will support further education and contribute towards tuition costs.
  4. How big are the classes? Generally, the class sizes range from 6-12 students.
  5. When can I enroll? Cohorts start in the fall semester. Admission for the cohort is finalized in June, and enrollment begins in July.
  6. How do I find my administrative internship? Faculty members generally help students find their internships by posting or emailing opportunities. Students also find opportunities through networking events, alumni, and national internship programs.
  7. Will you waive the GRE or GMAT? No.
  8. Will you waive the TOEFL score? No.
  9.  Where do you generally place your graduates? This can be answered several ways. First, they are placed generally within hospital settings, however, we do have some graduates work with consulting companies, management companies, and clinics. Second, we have graduates who stay local and who move across the country. Third, we have graduates who enter as legal counsel, analysts, managers, directors, or administrative fellows. Our graduate and placement page can provide more details.
  10.  Do I have to complete the interview in person? It may be completed in person, on phone, or through a web cam.

MHA Program: Completion of Degree in Two Years

First Year:

Fall:

HAP 5453 U. S. Health Care System

HAP 5643 Quantitative Methods in Health Administration

HAP 5203 Health Economics

HAP 5623 Forecasting and Budgeting

HAP 5483 Health Care Law and Ethics

Spring:

HAP 5613 Financial Management of Health Service Organizations

HAP 5733 Managed Care and Integrated Delivery Systems

HAP 5863 Strategic Management in Health Service Organizations

HAP 5883 Health Care Quality Management

HAP 7913 Professional Communication

The internship is scheduled during the summer between the first and second years subject to the successful completion of the first thirty hours of the curriculum. Students may not arrange an internship if on academic probation. If a student does not have a 3.0 GPA, or has received lower than a “B” letter grade in any course, the internship must be scheduled at a later date which may delay graduation.

 

Second Year:

Fall:

HAP 5183 Organizational Theory and Behavior

HAP 7103 Managerial Epidemiology

HAP 5873 Health Information Systems

HAP 5543 Marketing of Health Services

HAP 6953 Advanced Health Care Quality (recommended elective)

Spring:

HAP 5303 Health Policy and Politics

HAP 5323 Operations Research

HAP 5973 Seminar in Health Administration

HAP 5563 Human Resource Management

--------- Open Elective

 

MHA Program: Completion of Degree in Three Years

First Year:

Fall:

HAP 5643 Quantitative Methods in Health Administration

HAP 5203 Health Economics

HAP 5453 U. S. Health Care System

Spring:

HAP 5583 Health Care Quality Management

HAP 5733 Managed Care and Integrated Delivery Systems

HAP 7913 Professional Communication

 

Second Year:

Fall:

HAP 5183 Organizational Theory and Behavior

HAP 5623 Forecasting and Budgeting

HAP 6953 Advanced Health Care Quality (recommended elective)

Spring:

HAP 5303 Health Policy and Politics

HAP 5863 Strategic Management in Health Service Organizations

HAP 5613 Financial Management

 

Third Year:

Fall: HAP 5483 Health Care Law and Ethics

HAP 7103 Managerial Epidemiology

HAP 5873 Health Information Systems

HAP 5543 Marketing of Health Services

Spring:

HAP 5973 Seminar in Health Administration

HAP 5323 Operations Research

HAP 5563 Human Resource Management

------ Open Elective

The CAHME-accredited MHA program has been developed around the mastery of competencies necessary to be successful in health care administrative positions.

After completion of the MHA program, a student will have the ability to demonstrate:

 

A. Synthesis and evaluation of the healthcare system, healthcare management, and issues related to:

  1. Healthcare organizations,
  2. access to care,
  3. financing healthcare,
  4. human resources,
  5. financial management,
  6. strategic planning and thinking,
  7. quality improvement, and
  8. legal and regulatory matters.

 

B. Communication Skills including:

  1. Characterizing and utilizing appropriate forms and standards of communication methods applicable in professional healthcare settings;
  2. Establishing best practices of communication skills; and
  3. Effectively identifying and responding to the audience and its wants, needs, interests, and beliefs.

 

C. Critical thinking, analytical skills, and problem-solving abilities including:

  1. Using quantitative, statistical and financial analyses to solve problems;
  2. Creating and using strategic planning and strategic thinking to discern among alternatives and make recommendations; and
  3. Applying quality improvement techniques to analyze and change organizational outcomes.

 

D. Leadership, Professionalism, and Ethics including:

  1. Engaging people, organizations, and key stakeholders when developing goals and executing plans;
  2. Mobilizing teams, using negotiating skills, and accounting for individual and organizational pressures and needs;
  3. Demonstrating integrity in personal and organizational practices, respecting diverse opinions, and holding themselves and others accountable for their actions; and
  4. Using a corporate ethical decision-making process in a healthcare setting and apply ethical principles and policy statements to resolve ethical issues.

Dual Degree – JD-MHA

The dual degree in law and health administration combines the 3-year Juris Doctorate at the College of Law and the 2-year Masters of Health Administration at the College of Public Health into 4 years of study.

The JD requires a minimum of 90 credit hours, and the MHA requires a minimum of 60 credit hours. A dual-degree student will complete 81 credit hours at the College of Law and receive 9 credit hours towards the law degree from coursework completed at the College of Public Health. Likewise, the student will complete 51 credit hours at the College of Public Health and receive 9 credit hours towards the masters degree from coursework completed at the College of Law.

How to apply?

Students interested in the dual program must be accepted by both colleges. Both degrees will be awarded during the same academic season. A student may begin at either college or apply to both colleges simultaneously.

What jobs can I get?

This program is designed to prepare the student who plans either to practice law in the healthcare arena or to enter healthcare service organization administration.

The relationships between healthcare service organization administration, practice, and policy and law is increasingly interconnected, and it is not unusual to find individuals with legal training and experience in top administrative and policy positions in a variety of healthcare service organizations and governmental settings. Given the growing number of healthcare administration problems in need of solutions, the demand for lawyers, especially at the policy level, with solid administrative training is critical. Attorneys who counsel healthcare service organization administrators and practitioners must have a broad knowledge of healthcare administration to best serve their clients. These developments have given rise to numerous career opportunities in a variety of professional settings within and without the healthcare service organization community.

Graduates of this proposed dual degree program would be able to tailor their electives for careers in any of the following settings:

  • Managerial positions in local, state, regional, and national healthcare service organizations
  • In-house counsel at a healthcare service organization
  • Attorney positions within a law firm group that focuses on healthcare
  • Legal analysts at local, state, regional, and national levels
  • Serving as legal counsel for local, state, regional, or national agencies.

 

What does the curriculum look like?

The curricular sequence is highly dependent on when and where a student initially matriculates and on that student’s preferences for law school courses. The student will work closely with the dual degree advisor at the College of Public Health to ensure all curricular requirements are met.

A sample of the curricular requirements has been provided at the link below. This is representative of the curricular choices, however all students should consult both colleges for their current requirements.

 

Sample Curriculum for Dual Degree - JD-MHA 


Healthcare Administration Certificate for MBA Graduates

New in 2018 is the MBA Healthcare Administration Certificate for MBA graduates. The program offers a credential in health care administration for those who have previously earned an MBA degree. Curriculum is designed and taught by Masters of Health Administration (MHA) faculty of the Oklahoma University College of Public Health.

 


OU MBA/Healthcare Administration Certificate for OU-MBA students

The MBA Healthcare Administration certificate is a collaboration between the Price College of Business and OU’s College of Public Health. Both colleges recognize the importance of strategically combining business and healthcare education as we proceed further into the 21st century. Courses will be taught by Masters of Healthcare (MHA) faculty.

 

 

How to Apply?

Dr. Ashiq Zaman, M.D./M.H.A

  • Dr. Ashiq Zaman was born and raised in Norman, OK. After completing his B.S. in biochemistry, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2012. After training as a neurologist for three years in Houston, TX, Dr. Zaman returned to his alma mater at the OU Health Sciences Center to pursue an MHA to hone his administrative skills, with a special interest in quality, patient safety, and process-based clinical outcomes. Following graduation, Dr. Zaman plans to join the occupational medicine residency program at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center - Northeast to combine his passion for quality and process control and patient care. Outside of the classroom or clinic, Dr. Zaman is passionate about journalism and health education, and has served as editor-in-chief of The Oklahoma Daily (’07-’08) and currently serves as health editor for the Oklahoma City-based news and commentary website NonDoc.com.

Bennett Pickar, Dual M.B.A./M.H.A

  • Bennett Pickar is currently the Performance Improvement Manager at OU Medicine Inc. Bennett earned a B.S. in Business Management from Colorado State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. Bennett is also a current student in the M.H.A. program at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining OU Medicine Inc., Bennett served as the Manager of Internal Audit for the University of Oklahoma – Health Sciences Center and OU Tulsa Campus. He has completed Lean/Six Sigma green belt training and is currently working towards black belt status.

Whitney Dockrey Miller, Dual J.D./M.H.A.

  • Whitney Dockrey Miller is from Shawnee, Oklahoma.  Whitney is a dual degree University of Oklahoma College of Law and College of Public Health Juris Doctorate and Master in Health Administration candidate.  She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with Honors.  Whitney completed her Administrative Internship at INTEGRIS Health in their legal division and at the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute.  She currently serves as president of the OU American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and president of the OU Health Law Student Association.  Her healthcare experience also includes internships at the U.S. Attorney General’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Akin, Gump, Strauss Hauer and Feld Law Firm, Department of Health and Human Services, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, National Indian Health Board, Legal Aid of Oklahoma, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Brenna Wallach, M.H.A.

  • Brenna Wallach graduated Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in economics and a minor in history.  After joining the MHA program in 2016, Brenna spent a semester with Sooner Success as a graduate research assistant working on pediatric care transitions. She began working with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority as a Carl Albert Executive Fellow in May 2017 and focused on project management and quality improvement. Brenna completed her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in June 2017 and plans to take the CPHQ exam in the spring of 2018. 

Braxton Billings, M.H.A

  • Braxton Billings was raised in Deatsville, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Management, specializing in Healthcare Management. During his senior year at Alabama, he was recognized as most outstanding senior. He completed his Administrative Internship for the President of INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and INTEGRIS Health Edmond. After graduation, he will be moving to Corning, NY to complete an Administrative Fellowship at Guthrie Health System in Sayre, PA. At the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Braxton has served as President of the College of Public Health Student Association, Vice President of the American College of Healthcare Executives Student Affiliate, and Senator of the Student Government Association.

Allison Jech, M.H.A.

  • Allison Jech is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, specializing in Finance and minoring Health and Exercise Science. During her undergraduate education, Allison worked at local hospital systems including St. Anthony, the Bethany Children’s Center, and Teal Creek Senior Living.  At the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Allison has served as the Treasurer of the College of Public Health Student Association. She completed her Administrative Internship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oklahoma City while conducting LEAN projects within the Emergency Department and also coordinated the opening of three walk-in clinics in the Oklahoma area.

Health Administration and Policy: MHA Post-Graduation Fellowships

All students are eligible to apply for a post-graduate fellowship after completing the program. The fellowships are usually one-year positions that provide a student with an extensive administrative experience with a prominent health care organization.

During the fellowship the student will receive a stipend from the sponsoring organization. The fellowships are highly competitive on a national basis and require formal written applications, telephone interviews and site visits. In recent years many of our graduates have been selected for several fellowships in Oklahoma and throughout the United States.

Over the years, our students have been awarded fellowships by the following sponsoring organizations:

 
  • ACHE Corporate Offices, Chicago, IL
  • Alegent Health System, Omaha, NE
  • Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Deaconess Hospital, OKC, OK
  • Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Duncan Regional Hospital, Duncan, OK
  • Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
  • Hillcrest Hospital, Tulsa, OK
  • Hospital Sisters Health Systems, Springfield, IL
  • Integris Health Systems, OKC & Enid, OK
  • Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
  • JPS Health Network, Ft. Worth, TX
  • The Methodist Health System, Houston, TX
  • Mercy Health Center, OKC, OK
  • Midwest City Regional Hospital, OKC, OK
  • Montgomery VAMC, Muskogee, OK
  • Moses Cone Health System, Greensboro, NC
  • Norman Regional Health System, Norman, OK
  • Norman Specialty Hospital, Norman, OK
  • North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Long Island, NY
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Oklahoma Hospital Association, OKC, OK
  • OU Physicians & OU Medical Center, OKC, OK
  • Palomar Health – San Diego, California
  • Saint Anthony’s Hospital, OKC, OK
  • St. David’s Hospital, Austin, TX
  • St. John’s Medical Center, Tulsa, OK
  • Shattuck Memorial Hospital, Shattuck, OK
  • Stephenson Cancer Center, OKC, OK
  • SW OK Heart & Vascular Center, Lawton, OK
  • Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
  • Tulsa Health Department, Tulsa, OK
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
  • University of Missouri Health Care, Columbia, MO
  • University of Oklahoma HSC, OKC, OK
  • University of South Carolina MC, Columbia, SC
  • VA Medical Center & Rehab Center, OKC, OK
  • Washington Hospital Medical Center, Washington DC

MHA Alumni Employment

Alumni of the program occupy a variety of leadership positions in the health care industry. Depending on the number of years since graduation, they are in various middle management, senior management, and ultimate leadership positions with hospitals, physician practices and prominent health systems.

For example, our graduates currently occupy or have held the following positions:

  • Executive Director -  Integris Health-Metro
  • President & CEO - Aegis Group
  • CEO - Solara Healthcare
  • CEO - Carnegie Tri County Hospital
  • President & CEO - Rosewood Retirement Center
  • Corporate Controller - Corporate HQ,HCA
  • CEO - SSMHC
  • CEO - Lake Granbury Medical Center
  • CEO - Greenview Regional Hospital
  • CEO - Flandreau Medical Center
  • CEO & President - Cloic, Inc
  • President & CEO - Page Memorial Hospital & Health Systems
  • CEO -Tyler Health Care Center
  • CEO - Solara Hospital
  • Corporate Director - HCA
  • COO - HMA
  • COO - University Health System
  • COO - St. Joseph's Hospital
  • COO - Baylor Health Care System
  • COO - Sebastian River Medical Center
  • COO - HCA
  • COO - Watsonville Community Hospital
  • CFO - Sutter Coast Hospital
  • CFO - Kaiser Permanente
  • Vice President - Oklahoma Health Network
  • Vice President - St. Anthony's Hospital
  • Administrator - Page Memorial Hospital
  • Administrator - Shawnee Care Center
  • Administrator - Parkland Health & Hospital
  • Administrator - Arbor House Assisted Living
  • Administrator - Kaiser Permanente