The online MHA degree is designed for working healthcare professionals who seek advancement in the administrative sector. Specializations in the degree include financial management, human resources, program management, and patient advocacy. The following Q&A addresses master’s in healthcare administration programs and careers.
How long will it take to complete an online master’s in healthcare administration program?
It depends on the number of credit-hours and internships required for graduation, as well as if the master’s student is full-time or part-time. Generally, most online programs take two or three years to complete.
What online courses make up the curriculum?
Online MHA course requirements vary by program. Some include on-site internships, some do not. Core coursework can include studies in:
- Health Care Finance
- Strategic Planning
- Organizational Leadership
- Total Quality Management
- Policy and Legislative Development Processes
- Healthcare Law and Ethics
- Medical Informatics
- Health Services Marketing
- Principles of Population Health in Public Health
Are there professional certifications in healthcare administration?
Certification is voluntary. A certification recognizes an MHA grad’s core knowledge in healthcare administration areas and may be required by employers. It also demonstrates a commitment to ongoing education to maintain certification. To earn the credential, a must pass the Certified in Public Health exam, administered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). The exam is open to Public Health students or graduates from a CEPH-accredited Public Health program. The exam covers core areas in General Principles, Public Health, Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Learn more at NBPHE. Public Health administrators may also earn a voluntary certification from the Public Health Practitioner Certification Board (PHPCB). Other certifications are available from the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management and the American Health Information Management Association.
How much does an online master’s in healthcare administration degree cost?
Tuition and fees vary dramatically by institution. Private colleges and universities typically charge rates at the top of the scale, while public universities can cost much less. Most programs charge between $20,000 to $50,000.
Can a master’s student work while attending the MHA program?
It is extremely challenging to undertake an online MHA degree on a full-time basis while maintaining an outside job. Part-time students may have an easier go of it, but the work will still be rigorous.
Are all MHA distance degree programs offered entirely online?
There are programs that run the gamut from100 percent online tohybrid programs requiring a balance of on-campus and online studies.Of course, online programs that include an internship require presence at a real-world healthcare organization. Investigate target universities to demine how much time will be needed away from home.
What are the prerequisites required for admission?
These also vary by each program. Generally, online master’s in healthcare administration degree programs require the student to hold a baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 GPA. Many expect master’s students to have two years or more of healthcare administrative experience. Schools may require a specific performance level on graduate exams. Helpful undergraduate courses include studies in economics, marketing, finance, biological and clinical sciences.
Am I required to submit letters of recommendation with my application?
In nearly every case, yes. Master’s students should compile two to three recommendation letters from former professors and employers familiar with their career objectives, academic advisers and colleagues. Letters should focus on a student’s work ethic, financial/analytical skills, leadership qualities, public health and collaborative skills. In most cases, grad students also must submit a personal statement. The essay should address a master’s student career objectives, professional experience, reasons for selecting their MHA degree program, and the progression of their interest and education toward their career.
Will the MHA faculty want to interview me?
Following the submission of a complete application and supporting materials, the university admissions committee will evaluate whether a student meets the admission requirements. If approved, an MHA student can expect to be invited to interview with faculty. Master’s students may be invited to discuss the program and their qualifications with current students. For online students who cannot commute to campus, the graduate program may arrange telephone or Skype interviews.
Will I still have access to student resources in an online MHA program?
It’s important to ask potential programs which support services are available for distance students who may be logging in from all around the world. Typically, MHA students have 24/7 access to tech support. Conventional student services such as academic advising, career services, and financial aid may be available only at designated hours in the university’s time zone. Grad students should ask about provisions for library access.
What is the computer/technology requirements for an online master’s in healthcare administration program?
Students’ online program’s technical support staff will discuss the best way to prepare their computer for online learning. Some students may have to have their web browser configured to mesh properly with the university’s online course management software. Having practical experience with email public health, streaming multimedia, discussion threads and video conferencing are a plus.