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Department of Health Administration & Policy

Message from the Chair, Dale Bratzler, D.O., MPH 

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Welcome to the Department of Health Administration and Policy!  Thank you for choosing to study here at the Hudson College of Public Health.  Our program is led by interdisciplinary faculty with executive leadership experience and expertise in health administration, health policy, public administration, business, public health law, and health economics.   

Our graduates and alumni are leaders in their chosen disciplines, serving as health care leaders, researchers and policymakers locally, as well as across the nation. 

As chair, my role is to work with faculty to foster excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching; provide crucial leadership in the pursuit of the College's commitment to Sovereignty, Opportunity, Belonging, & Engagement and to advocate for our programs and students. We are here to support you. 

About the Department

The Department of Health Administration and Policy prepares students to be highly skilled professionals who will become exemplary leaders in hospitals, health care systems, and public health organizations. The department offers two administrative degrees, the Master of Health Administration (MHA) and a Master of Public Health (MPH).

Choose the right program

Choose a certified and accredited Health Administration program – one that has proven it meets rigorous standards and has earned respect among healthcare organizations looking to recruit new management talent

The Only CAHME-Accredited and AUPHA-Certified Program in Oklahoma


Why accreditation matters

The MHA program at the OU Hudson College of Public Health is the only CAHME accredited program in the state of Oklahoma. CAHME accreditation, which stands for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, is crucial for healthcare management programs and institutions. This accreditation serves as a hallmark of quality and excellence in healthcare management education. It ensures that educational programs meet rigorous standards in curriculum, faculty expertise, and student outcomes. 

CAHME accreditation not only validates the program's commitment to high educational standards but also enhances the program's credibility and reputation among students, employers, and the healthcare industry. Graduating from a CAHME-accredited program provides students with a competitive edge in the job market and prepares them with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the dynamic and complex field of healthcare management. Ultimately, CAHME accreditation plays a pivotal role in shaping the future leaders of healthcare administration and contributes to the overall improvement of healthcare delivery and management. 

Career opportunities in Health Administration

Career opportunities include:
Hospital and Health
Systems management
Medical groups
Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
Care management organizations
Health information technology firms
Supply chain companies
Government/policy organizations
Marketing firms
Health insurers
Healthcare management consulting firms

Reasons to choose a career in Health Administration

Healthcare is a growing industry

Healthcare is a growing industry
 with a workforce expected to grow 22.2% by 2026. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Health Administration is one of the top ten fastest growing jobs in the healthcare industry

Excellent earning potential

Excellent earning potential Health Administration is also one of the top ten highest paying jobs in the healthcare industry — medical and health services managers earned a median annual salary of $98,250 in 2017, much higher than the average median salary of $31,786 

Make a difference Decisions made by healthcare executives can impact life for hundreds, even thousands, of people every day. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations work to improve the health of the populations they serve and the wellbeing of their community. 

Career and personal growth Healthcare management requires ongoing education and most employers encourage continued professional development. Many organizations provide tuition assistance or in-service training for new skills. Innovation and continuous learning will be a part of the job from day one.