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Master of Healthcare Administration - General

Walden University's Master of Healthcare Administration - General program is designed to train the next generation of leaders for hospitals, clinics, and other health services organizations through the exploration of administrative responsibilities in HR, marketing, operations, and finance. Read more here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Healthcare Administration - General

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students must hold a bachelor's degree or higher. A basic knowledge of healthcare operations and systems and an understanding of managerial practices in areas of finance, marketing, IT, and quality control could be beneficial. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

In Walden University's online Master of Healthcare Administration - General program, students have the opportunity to learn about healthcare systems, technologies, and managerial roles applicable to a variety of healthcare environments. Core courses address the components of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, population health programs, strategic planning in healthcare organizations, and healthcare policy design and implementation. Students could also review managerial practices in areas of finance, marketing, human resources, and informatics that could help prepare them to develop budgets, oversee staffing, build effective marketing plans, and manage and analyze health data. In addition to this course-based program, Walden offers an option that allows students to earn credits through demonstration of competencies in these areas.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

53 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Healthcare Administration - General:

Students must complete 11 courses totaling 53 credits to earn this MHA degree. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (53 credits)

  • Foundations of Healthcare Administration
  • Contemporary Topics in the U.S. Healthcare Delivery System
  • Principles of Population Health in Healthcare Administration
  • Law, Ethics, and Policy in Healthcare Administration
  • Healthcare Financial Management and Economics
  • Human Resource Management and Organizational Development and Leadership for Healthcare Administrators
  • Healthcare Informatics and Technology Management
  • Healthcare Operations Management
  • Marketing Management and Business Communication for Healthcare Administrators
  • Healthcare Quality Management
  • Strategic Planning in Healthcare Administration

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

In many cases, the MHA would be sufficient for graduates to qualify for higher level executive positions in most healthcare settings; however, graduates interested in academic or research roles would typically need to obtain a doctorate. At this level, students could learn more about healthcare leadership, health policy development, and healthcare information management.

Listed below are some of the doctoral degrees graduates could pursue:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services - Health Care Administration
  • Doctor of Healthcare Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy and Administration

Career Paths:

After earning the Master of Healthcare Administration degree, graduates could apply the managerial skills and knowledge of healthcare processes they likely built in the program to executive roles in various healthcare delivery settings. They might land positions in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or group medical practices.

Possible career choices for graduates include:

  • Nurse manager
  • Healthcare analyst
  • Health services manager
  • Hospital administrator
  • Nursing home administrator

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