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Master of Healthcare Administration - Leadership & Organizational Development

Walden University's Master of Healthcare Administration with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Development program is designed to help future or current healthcare managers build strong leadership skills to enhance their careers.

Official Program Name:

Master of Healthcare Administration with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Development

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

Interested students should possess a bachelor's degree or higher before applying to this MHA program. These students might have a basic understanding of leadership styles and organizational structures and a desire to become leaders in the field. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From change management to volunteer coordination, Walden University's online Master of Healthcare Administration with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Development program offers students the opportunity to review effective leadership processes and practices they could apply in clinical and non-clinical healthcare settings. Specialization course topics include effective leadership characteristics, challenges in organizational change, leadership influences on behavior, motivation methods, the recruitment and training of volunteers, and the creation of boards for nonprofit organizations. In core coursework, students could learn more about the components of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, public health data analysis, quality healthcare practices, and policies and regulations governing healthcare. Other core classes cover managerial processes in finance, IT, human resources, marketing, and operations.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

68 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 a Master of Healthcare Administration with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Development:

A total of 53 of the 68 required credits to earn this MHA degree are taken in the core curriculum; the remaining 15 credits are satisfied in the area of specialization. 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

Specialization Courses: Leadership and Organizational Development (15 credits)

  • Leadership and Organizational Change
  • The Language of Leadership
  • Board Governance and Volunteer Management

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates intending to explore careers in postsecondary academics or research institutions should pursue a doctorate after earning the MHA degree. At the doctoral level, students could expect to learn more about planning strategies, organizational theories, research design, and public health analysis methods.

Doctoral degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Health Administration
  • Executive Doctor of Science in Healthcare Leadership
  • Doctor of Public Health in Leadership, Management, and Policy

Career Paths:

Once they have been awarded the MHA degree in Leadership and Organizational Development, graduates could possess the managerial and organizational skills needed to fill executive or senior management roles in a variety of healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, government health agencies, managed care companies, or group medical offices. They might oversee areas of budgeting, patient care management, volunteer management, staffing, or electronic health records.

Jobs that might be suitable for these graduates include:

  • Clinical data analyst
  • Hospital administrator
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Group practice administrator

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