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Online Master of Science in Health Administration

UofL’s online Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) is an executive-level program designed for healthcare professionals with 5+ years of experience, who are looking to broaden their core healthcare management competencies and/or pursue career advancement applying the principles of population health management.

Offered by the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville, the executive MSHA online builds on your experience and deepens your understanding of processes, environments, structures and strategies that are disrupting the industry—preparing you to confidently lead organizations into the future of healthcare. Based closely on our reputable CAHME-accredited on-campus program and taught by leaders in healthcare innovation, the online executive MSHA courses will guide you through:

  • Exploring broad principles and important influencers within top healthcare organizations
  • Examining data-driven methods of strategic leadership and effective management of healthcare organizations
  • Analyzing external policy and healthcare environments that effect management
  • Becoming a more knowledgeable and well-rounded healthcare administrator

Notably, the program places a strong focus on assessments that emphasize solving authentic, real-life problems you face within your current role.

100% ONLINE COURSEWORK

Complete your degree on your own time through fully online coursework.

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57 CREDIT HOURS

Complete 21 courses to earn your Health Administration degree.

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2 YEAR PROGRAM

Take courses 2 at a time, in 8-week increments—earn your degree in 2 years.

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Healthcare is evolving. You should be too.


From technology and analytics to standards of patient care, healthcare is continuously evolving and growing as an industry. As a healthcare administrator, you’re responsible for leading the charge in embracing these changes. Our online program—specialized for working professionals with 5+ years leadership experience in the field—is designed to help you take on that challenge.

How Much Will I Pay?

$764 per credit hour
$250 active duty military rate per credit hour

Tuition & Aid    

Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.

Highlights

  • Gain applicable and transferable healthcare knowledge and methodologies through every course.
  • Experience a curriculum specialized for executive students, using UofL’s Population Health Leadership (PHL) Competency Model—a modified version of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Competency Model.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes.
  • Complete your degree in just 2 years with 8-week terms (courses completed 2-3 at a time). Part-time enrollment is also available.

Accreditation

UofL’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The residential MSHA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). CAHME is the accrediting body for graduate programs in health management in the United States. Closely aligned with the residential program, the online executive MSHA will be applying for CAHME accreditation in the near future.


Outcomes

With an aging population and increased demand for services, healthcare occupations are expected to grow 14% between 2018 and 2028, adding around 1.9 million jobs in that same period—faster than the average growth compared to all occupations (bls.gov).

Graduates will be prepared to pursue board certification through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), meeting both the education requirements to take the exam and equipped with the knowledge needed to successfully complete it. Graduates can also pursue MGMA, AAMA and/or HFMA certification.

Earning a Health Administration master’s degree is a must-have for healthcare executives. You’ll be prepared to take on higher level healthcare leadership roles (e.g., senior director, VP, CEO, etc.) where you’ll be responsible for overseeing and managing services, programs, staff, budgets, facilities, external relations and more. As a graduate of our program, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Manage strategic projects and action plans in healthcare organizations
  • Assess institutional financial and healthcare delivery performance
  • Examine community healthcare needs per industry standards
  • Model accountability with respect to compliance in policy, and regulation and ethical codes of conduct
  • Analyze organizational needs based on clinical and financial data
 

Preferred Application Deadline Term Start
July 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January
April 1 Summer May

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.


Steps to Apply

  1. Complete application for admission through UofL Graduate School
  2. Submit $65 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from regionally-accredited institutions
  4. Participate in admission interview with HMSS Leadership Committee

Don't have 5+ years of experience? You may qualify for the on-campus Master of Science in Health Administration program.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • 5+ years of experience in a leadership role within a healthcare organization or system
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Updated resume or curriculum vitae (admissions committee will review for leadership/management experience)
  • Three recommendations from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic or professional capabilities
  • One-page personal statement written by the applicant that is a clear, substantive description of his or her goals in public health and health care management

Note: GRE not required for admission.

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselors at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.

Credit Transfer

You may transfer up to six credit hours of coursework from a regionally-accredited college or university.

International Applicants

If you live outside of the United States and intend to complete an online academic program at UofL from your home country, be sure to view special requirements for international students.

The online Master of Science in Health Administration is a 57-credit hour program, broken down into 21 courses.


Course List Credit Hours
PHMS 523 Introduction to Public Health 3
PHMS 605 Governance and Management of Healthcare Organizations 3
PHMS 609 Health Finance and Financial Management 3
PHMS 610 Health Policy and Analysis 3
PHMS 615 Introduction to Health Systems 3
PHMS 620 Healthcare Strategic Management 2
PHMS 625 Population Health Management 3
PHMS 635 Health Law and Ethics 3
PHMS 630 Human Resource Management in the Public Health Sector 3
PHMS 662 Health Economics 3
PHMS 687 Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Managers 3
PHMS 680 Health Management Leadership Seminar 1
PHMS 681 Population Health Quantitative Methods 3
PHMS 682 Population Health Information Management 3
PHMS 683 Healthcare Quality Management 3
PHMS 684 Project Management for Population Health 2
PHMS 685 Health Operations Management and Science 3
PHMS 688 Healthcare Marketing 2
PHMS 689 Insurance and Alternative Payment Models 2
PHMS 691 Current Topics in Health Administration 3
PHMS 690 MSHA Capstone 3
Total Minimum Credit Hours Required 56

Course Descriptions


PHMS 605 Governance and Management of Healthcare Organizations
This course seeks to provide the student with an understanding of organizations and leadership from dominant ways of thinking about them to ways informed by a complexity perspective. Course participants will read about and discuss a broad range of perspectives about what constitutes an organization and leadership of it. Particular attention will be given to the organizational experiences of the student and the class.


PHMS 681 Population Health Quantitative Methods
The goal of the course is to build quantitative analysis foundations for students in health management emphasizing decision-making using health data. The course provides an overview of basic quantitative analysis techniques, and discusses a variety of quantitative analysis tools.


PHMS 682 Population Health Information Management
This course is designed to introduce students to key concepts and issues surrounding the adoption and use of information systems for population health management.


PHMS 680 Health Management Leadership Seminar
The course bridges MPH concentration in Population Health Management coursework and the world of practice with a focus on developing career planning and professional skills.


PHMS 683 Healthcare Quality Management
This course is designed to introduce students to key concepts and issues surrounding the adoption and use of information systems and the use of quality assessment processes within health care organizations.


PHMS 684 Project Management for Population Health
This course is designed to introduce students to key concepts and methodologies involved in managing projects and the use of specific project management tools and processes within health care organizations.


PHMS 620 Healthcare Strategic Management
This course offers an introduction to strategic management within contemporary healthcare organizations and markets. Lectures and assignments will focus on various topics including organizational strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.


PHMS 685 Health Operations Management and Science
This course introduces and reviews the field of operations management as applied to healthcare organizations. It demonstrates the important relationship between operations research and the management science of complex healthcare delivery organizations.


PHMS 610 Health Policy and Analysis
This course is designed to introduce students to health policy, mechanisms through which policy is made at the state and federal level, and strategies for health policy analysis.


PHMS 609 Health Finance and Financial Management
This course is designed to provide an overview of health finance and financial management, including context of health finance and the approaches and processes involved in managing the health enterprise.


PHMS 615 Introduction to Health Systems
This course will introduce the health sector as it currently operates in the US. A systems-theory based approach, informed by complexity theory, will be used to present health systems as complex adaptive networks. Through a review of the history of the health sector the student will learn how the industry has evolved (adapted) to where it is today, and where it may be going in the future.


PHMS 687 Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Managers
This course provides an overview of the principles and processes of managerial accounting and organizational finance within the healthcare marketplace. Lectures, assignments, and case studies will focus on various topics including financial statement analysis, costing, pricing, planning, budgeting, and financial risk analysis.


PHPH 523 Introduction to Public Health
This course is designed to introduce new students in academic public health programs (MS and PhD) to the field of Public Health in the United States. It provides a broad overview of the field of public health, a focused look at the core areas of epidemiology and biostatistics, health promotion, environmental health, and health care administration.


PHMS 662 Health Economics
The course uses principles of microeconomic analysis to study health care systems: demand for medical services; role of health insurance; productivity/cost measurement; labor markets and competition.


PHMS 688 Healthcare Marketing
This course offers an introduction to marketing and marketing strategy within the healthcare system. Lectures and assignments will focus on various topics including strategy formulation, environmental analysis, and market assessment.


PHMS 691 Current Topics in Health Administration
Description TBD. Course in development.


PHMS 689 Insurance and Alternative Payment Models
This course is designed to provide students an analysis of the U.S. health insurance and payment system. Specific topics include health plan types and characteristics, population health alternative financing models, premium setting, and reimbursement of health providers.


PHMS 635 Health Law and Ethics
This course provides an overview of major contemporary legal and ethical issues related to administrative decision making in health care and population health.


PHMS 630 Human Resource Management in the Public Health Sector
The purpose of this course is to provide the master’s degree/PhD student in public health and health care fields an overview of Human Resources Management. This will include looking at the framework of human resources management in various settings; planning and developing a competent workforce in various settings; and practice in techniques for training, mentoring and evaluating employees as well as a range of disciplinary actions.


PHMS 625 Population Health Management
This course will introduce managing the health of populations. Population health can be defined by geography and demographics. Examples of defined populations include: the population within the catchment area of a hospital, the members of a health maintenance organization, the persons served by an accountable care organization, and the population employed in a workplace. Improving the health of populations has always been a high priority for public health professionals but has been less of a priority for managers of health care organizations, with their focus on the acute-care needs of individual patients.


PHMS 690 MSHA Capstone
This course is an integrative learning experience drawing on all competencies presented in the MSHA program. It requires the students to work independently as a member of a team to complete a comprehensive and relevant business plan for a healthcare-related organization and to successfully pass an oral examination.





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    • To be accepted into the executive MSHA, do I need a bachelor’s degree in a healthcare-related field?

      No! You can apply to the program with a bachelor’s degree in any field, as long as you have 5+ years of experience in a healthcare leadership role. (If you’re not sure whether your experience qualifies you, send your resume to us at online@louisville.edu and we’re more than happy to help!)

    • If I am a physician, nurse, or other licensed healthcare provider, is this program right for me?

      Absolutely! One of the prime reasons that we developed the online Executive MSHA program was to provide working healthcare clinical professionals that opportunity to earn a graduate healthcare management degree and obtain focused, critical leadership and management competency development to more effectively serve in executive positions within healthcare organizations.

    • What if I missed the application deadline?

      We encourage you to still apply! Our admissions are rolling and we offer multiple chances to get started on your degree. The main starts are in August, January and May, but you can also start in October and March.

    • Do courses meet at a specific time?

      All classes for the online MSHA are asynchronous, meaning they don’t meet at a set time. However, there may be course elements or deliverables (such as office hours, 1:1 professor and student conferences, etc.) that require a specific time and date to be chosen. These will be at the course instructor’s discretion and will take your schedule into account.

    • Can I complete the program as a part-time student?

      Yes, the online MSHA program is available as both a part-time and full-time program. The full-time schedule requires students to take 2 courses at a time every 8 weeks, with the degree being completed in 2 years (note: you will take 3 courses at a time for just 1 term). Part-time enrollment gives you the flexibility to take 1-2 courses at a time, every 8 weeks, as your schedule allows. Degree completion time will depend on number of courses taken at once. View the MSHA course list for more course information.

    • Can I take courses both online and on-campus?

      Due to the way UofL’s on-campus MSHA and online MSHA programs are structured, you cannot take a combination of online and on-campus courses. You will need to choose and enroll in one of the two options. However, if you start in one format and decide you’d be better suited for the other, you are allowed to switch your coursework entirely from online to on-campus or vice versa.

    • What’s the difference between the on-campus and online programs?

      The primary difference between UofL’s online and on-campus MSHA program is that the online format is an executive track, meaning you need 5+ years of healthcare leadership experience to qualify. This is an important distinction because of the variance in student experience and the types of discussions those experiences may illicit.

      With regard to content and faculty expertise, the online program is based very closely on the CAHME-accredited on-campus program. The only difference in coursework is the required practicum for the on-campus program has been eliminated for the online program, as the online program is designed for working healthcare leaders who are experiencing the industry firsthand every day.

    • What does the admissions interview process look like?

      After you apply, if you meet all the admissions criteria, you’ll be contacted by the MSHA team for an interview. The interview will be conducted via Skype at a time that works best for you, and is really about checking to make sure the online MSHA is the right fit. There’s no trick or games, it’s really just a confirmation that you’re on the right track and prepared to succeed in the program!

    • Will this degree prepare me to get board certified?

      Yes! The FACHE certification exam through ACHE requires a master’s degree. Therefore, the online MSHA degree prepares you with both the qualifications you need to take the exam, as well as the competencies/knowledge you need to pass it. You’ll also be prepared to apply for MGMA, AAMA and HFMA certification, as relevant to your career trajectory.

    • Does this program award Continuing Education Units (CEU) credits?

      No, at this time you cannot receive CEU credits for completing coursework through the MSHA program at UofL.

    • The graduate application page lists MSHA under the SOPHAS application requirement. Do I need to submit that?

      No! While SOPHAS is required for our resident program, the online MSHA program does not require a SOPHAS application to be submitted. Please review our application requirements for the online MSHA program for more details on what we require for acceptance.