Master 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


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

Healthcare Administrator Careers

As the backbone of healthcare systems, healthcare administrators take on the duties of overseeing vast expanses of medical personnel. As the structure and financing of the healthcare industry changes, healthcare administrators must be able to adapt to new environments. However, administrators are still in great demand despite the evolving industry.

Current Employment: 262,000
Projected Employment, 2016: 305,000
Projected Need: 92,000
Overall Job Growth: 9-17%


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General Admissions Requirements

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion. Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)

Graduate Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general requirements listed to the left, applicants for a graduate program must provide the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in order to enroll in University of the Potomac master’s programs: four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent in other countries.
  • International applicants 16 with a 3-year undergraduate degree may be admitted on the recommendation of the Admission Committee which will be based on students’ preparation.
  • Two Letters of recommendation from individuals who may be a direct supervisor or university faculty member. *This requirement may be waived for those students with Master level transfer credits*.
  • One required essay, in MSWord document form, addressing the student’s preparation for the graduate program.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for admission to the MBA, but is strongly preferred for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in a business related discipline or lack the pre-requisite courses in business, finance and economics. Similarly, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSIT or MHCA, but is recommended.

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