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Master of Health Administration Program

On the cutting edge of managerial leadership education in healthcare, the Drexel Master of Health Administration (MHA) 45-credit program positions healthcare professionals on the forefront of a fast-growing job market with exciting prospects. Graduates of this master’s-level professional program will be able to competently navigate the ever-changing healthcare landscape in order to become future leaders within the industry acting in management roles in hospitals or other public and non-profit service providers.

The MHA program is designed to provide students with essential knowledge required for senior managerial and planning work within the health services and systems sectors. The goal of the program is to give graduates the tools they need to understand relevant management issues and prepare for senior management roles.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics most recently predicts a 22% growth rate for healthcare administrators through 2020 (BLS 2012). The Master of Health Administration provides an opportunity for working professionals to learn business acumen, teaching concepts, analytical thinking, financial skills and strategic orientation. Graduates of the program are prepared to become experienced and effective managers in diverse health care environments that will excel in positions such as chief operating officers, vice presidents, division directors and nurse managers.

What will students learn?

The curriculum for the Master of Health Administration program was developed based on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership concentrating on three areas: transformation, execution, and people.

Students will hone their analytical thinking and financial skills while also critically thinking about community and strategic orientation.

Upon completion of the degree, graduates are prepared to excel in the management of hospitals and other health services organizations. The core coursework addresses the following competencies:

  • Tranformational leadership 
  • Relationship building and collaborative problem solving 
  • Fiscal accountability 
  • Human resources and team management 
  • Implementing and managing change 
  • Professional accountability and advocacy

What makes the Drexel MHA program unique?

Faculty Experienced in Health Care Environments

Faculty members have strong experience in healthcare management roles in managed care, non-profit organizations and physician practice management; longstanding and ongoing experience in hospital and research-based ethics consultations; full engagement in online learning environments.

Convenient Format

The MHA program is done entirely online with the exception of a 5-day on-campus residency. The program has convenient two-year or three-year options.

Innovative Technology

Students benefit from the richness of problem-based learning in an online environment. Using innovative software and video to communicate course assignments and to interact with local healthcare leaders, students gain a world-class education without leaving home.

Healthcare Management Simulation

Set in Drexel’s nationally-recognized Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice, students will be a part of a management care to flex decision-making skills in a simulated management scenario with experienced actors and state-of-the-art facilities.