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Walden University | Master of Healthcare Administration - Population Health

With a focus on community health needs and preventive care, Walden University's Master of Healthcare Administration with a specialization in Population Health program is designed to prepare future leaders in population healthcare delivery. Read on for more details about this online MHA program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Healthcare Administration with a specialization in Population Health

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

Prospective MHA students must hold a bachelor's degree or higher. It is helpful for these students to have strong analytical and communication skills, as studies in the population health specialization address healthcare data analytics, health intervention methods, and health education. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

How are clinical data analytics integrated into population healthcare systems? What interventions are used to manage and prevent chronic disease? Which issues must be overcome in health promotion efforts? Students can explore these topics in Walden University's online Master of Healthcare Administration with a specialization in Population Health program. Other areas addressed in specialization courses include health informatics strategies, health education leadership, and health behaviors. A core population health course covers how clinical and public health data sets influence healthcare program and services development. Other core classes provide an overview of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, healthcare policy development, healthcare laws and regulations, and the components of success for healthcare managers.

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 the Master of Healthcare Administration with a Specialization in Population Health:

Of the 68 credits needed to complete this MHA program, 53 are satisfied in the core curriculum; the remaining 15 credits are taken in specialization courses. 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: Population Health (15 credits)

  • Health Informatics and Population Health Analytics
  • Disease Prevention and Care Management
  • Population Health Management Applications

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

In addition to pursuing administrative roles in community health settings, graduates could go on to a doctoral degree program to pursue interests in a postsecondary academic or research career. They might study such areas as innovative approaches to public health issues, analytical research methods, and health communications.

Some of the doctoral degrees graduates could pursue include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education and Promotion
  • Doctor of Public Health
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Community Health
  • Doctor of Healthcare Administration

Career Paths:

Graduates of the MHA - Population Health program could qualify for leadership positions in community health centers, clinics, nonprofit health organizations, hospitals, or government health agencies. They might oversee the development of social outreach programs and intervention practices for public health issues or coordinate care among agencies.

These graduates might explore such positions as:

  • Population health officer
  • Health services manager
  • Community service manager

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