Quality Programs, Respected Degrees

Our program offerings continue to grow and as we focus on relevant business topics and giving students a competitive edge in the marketplace. All our online degree programs are built on a flexible platform to allow students to complete their classes on their own schedule.

Even our on-site classes are built around a schedule to help accommodate adult students who want to continue their education. University of the Potomac faculty and staff work individually with each of student to choose an academic pathway that best satisfies their career goals.

Master of Science in Healthcare Administration Degree Program Overview

The Master of Healthcare Administration degree supports the mission of University of the Potomac to provide educational opportunities leading to career enhancement for a multicultural adult student population. Students can earn their MHA online or at our Washington, D.C. and Virginia campuses. The University supports students in establishing an academic pathway that best satisfies their needs and relates these needs to their course of study as well as their professional healthcare goals.

The University’s emphasis on theory combined with the practical application of that theory creates a perfect environment to prepare students to progress in the world of work. Students also have the option to pursue an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. While many similar topics are covered in both degrees, the MHA degree will provide more healthcare focus and is probably a better fit for students focused on a healthcare administration career path.

MHA Program Learning Goals

Graduates of the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration will be able to:

  • Identify health-related concerns of diverse populations and develop methodologies to convert these concerns into public policy.
  • Create policy and processes and execute decisions in compliance with the legal, regulatory and ethical considerations inherent in managing healthcare systems and organizations.
  • Apply the methodologies used in healthcare finance and reimbursement processes to evaluate and execute decisions regarding optimal organizational and system direction.
  • Explain and compare the organizational elements and structure, delivery modalities, and barriers to system and process improvement, including information technology processes, for US and global healthcare systems.

In addition, graduates will be empowered with the knowledge and skills required to work as healthcare administrators in U.S. healthcare organizations and government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international healthcare entities.

What You Will Learn

The goals of the Master of Science in  Healthcare Administration (MHA) program are (1) to prepare managers for leadership positions in the public, private and not-for-profit healthcare sectors and (2) to provide these leaders with the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to address real-world healthcare challenges effectively. Graduates of the University of the Potomac MHA degree program will be competent in the areas of Management of Health Care Systems; Healthcare Policy, Law and Ethics; Financial Management; Public Health; and Global Health Systems.

Core Courses

  • HLTH 500 – Healthcare Systems
  • HLTH 510 – Managing Health Care Organizations
  • HLTH 520 – Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics
  • HLTH 530 – Decision Analysis for Healthcare Managers
  • HLTH 540 – Physician Group Practice Management
  • HLTH 550 – Financial Management and Analysis
  • HLTH 560 – Public Health
  • HLTH 570 – Global Health Systems
  • HLTH 690 – Capstone Project in Healthcare Systems

Electives

Students select three elective courses; not all elective courses are offered each academic year.

  • HLTH 600 — Healthcare Informatics, Analytics, and Technology
  • HLTH 610 —Marketing and Competitive Strategy in Healthcare
  • HLTH 620 — Health Insurance and Risk Management
  • HLTH 630 — Organizational Behavior in Health Care
  • HLTH 640 — Human Resource Management in Healthcare

Ready To Apply? Great! Here's What You Need To Do:

  • Complete an interview with an admissions representative.
  • Submit a completed application.
  • Submit transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended. The College must receive official transcripts within eight weeks of a student’s start date.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examination. (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training programs or professional development.1
  • Submit transcript request forms for all colleges attended.2
Fill Out The Application

1: A student may be required to register with ACE, if official transcripts are not available from his/her company, to determine appropriate credit for corporate training programs.

2: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.

Need More Information?

Learn more about the admissions process, cost, aid and our faculty.

Admissions

Learn about our requirements and process.

View Admissions Requirements

Tuition & Fees

View the associated program costs.

See All Tuition & Fees

Financial Aid

Learn about available aid and how to apply.

Financial Aid Options

Staff & Faculty

Meet the academic and support teams.

View Faculty Members