Master of Health Administration

 

The MHA is a 52-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

All MHA students must complete an internship in Health Administration. Completion of the internship is a required component of HAP 5950 Field Work in Health Administration. Students will usually schedule the internship upon successful completion of 30 credit hours. If the student’s GPA is below 3.00 or if the student has received a grade lower than a B in any course, the internship may 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

Spring:

HAP 5303 Health Policy and Politics

HAP 5973 Seminar in Health Administration

HAP 5563 Human Resource Management

HAP 5950 Field Work in Health Administration

 

 

MHA Program: Completion of Degree in Three Years

First Year:

Fall:

HAP 5203 Health Economics

HAP 5453 U.S. Health Care System

HAP 5643 Quantitative Methods in Health Administration

Spring:

HAP 5733 Managed Care and Integrated Delivery Systems

HAP 5883 Health Care Quality Management

HAP 7913 Professional Communication Skills in Healthcare Settings

 

Second Year:

Fall:

HAP 5183 Organizational Theory and Behavior

HAP 5483 Health Care Law and Ethics

HAP 5623 Forecasting and Budgeting

Spring:

HAP 5303 Health Policy and Politics

HAP 5613 Financial Management of Health Service Organizations

HAP 5863 Strategic Management in Health Service Organizations

 

Third Year:

Fall:

HAP 5543 Marketing of Health Services

HAP 5873 Health Information Systems

HAP 7103 Managerial Epidemiology

Spring:

HAP 5563 Human Resource Management

HAP 5950 Field Work in Health Administration

HAP 5973 MHA Capstone: Seminar in Health Services Management

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 52 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. The 81 hours at the College of Law must include Health Law.  Likewise, the student will complete 49 credit hours at the College of Public Health and receive 3 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?

Salman Hamid, M.H.A

  • Salman Hamid (Sal) is a 2nd year MHA student set to graduate May 2020. Sal’s undergraduate degree is in Biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma. He completed his internship at a healthcare technology solutions company called Unite Us in New York City, where he learned more about tackling social determinants of health through innovative technology. Sal currently works as the Graduate Research Assistant for the population health department at OU Physicians, here he has learned about major CMS care models such as OCM and BPCI. Outside of school, he enjoys spending time with friends and travelling when he has time. From his experiences, Sal has found a passion in process improvement and population health. He aspires to have a mission driven career in leading innovative healthcare initiatives that will improve the overall patient experience.

Adrian M. Francisco, M.H.A

  • Adrian M. Francisco is currently a manager in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Hudson College of Public Health. Adrian is from Oklahoma City, and completed his bachelors in Biology from East Central University where he graduated with honors. Adrian completed his health administrative internship at the Stephenson Cancer Center in their strategy division, completing various projects for the hospital. After graduation, Adrian will begin an Administrative Fellowship with Norman Regional Health System in Norman Oklahoma. During his time in graduate school, Adrian has served as Treasurer for the College’s student association, and treasurer of the American College of Healthcare Executives Student Affiliate.

Atul Abraham Muttenchery, M.H.A.

  • Atul Abraham Muttenchery is a second year Master of Healthcare Administration student, on the three-year track. He was born in Saudi Arabia and immigrated to the US with his family in 2004. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2018 with degrees in Microbiology and Psychology. He currently serves as the Vice President for the American College of Healthcare Executives Student Association. He also serves as the Community Service Chair, Blood-Drive Chair and Senator for the Hudson-College of Public Health Student Association. Atul is currently doing his internship at the Oklahoma State Department of Health with the Medical Facilities-Trauma Systems Development division. He has also completed his Lean/Six-Sigma green belt certification from OU-Norman.

Shelbi Legg, M.H.A.

  • Shelbi Legg is a 2nd year student MHA student expected to graduate May 2021. Originally from Mustang, Oklahoma, she attended Oklahoma City University on a softball scholarship, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology. She currently serves as President of the OU chapter of ACHE for the year 2020 as well as the student representative for the Health Administration and Policy Faculty Search Committee. She is also very active with the Sooner Healthcare Executives, where she serves on the Education and Networking Committee as the Social and Service Events Coordinator. Shelbi works as a medical assistant to a general surgeon at St. Anthony Hospital and would like to continue to work closely with physicians and hospital staff in operations or strategy after graduation. 

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