Oct 20, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Health Administration, M.H.A.

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General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:
Alondra Robbins; robbinsad@etsu.edu; (423) 439-4302

Amal J. Khoury, Ph.D., MPH, Professor and Chair, Associate Dean for Quality and Planning
College of Public Health
42 Lamb Hall
Box 70264
(423) 439-4937
e-mail: khoury@etsu.edu

Jennifer Hunt, Lecturer
MPH Coordinator
College of Public Health
Office 51M Lamb Hall
(423) 439-6135
Email: mphcoordinator@etsu.edu

Faculty: Manik Ahuja; Kate Beatty; Nathan Hale; Jennifer Hunt; Amal Khoury; Jusung Lee; Hadii Mamudu; Wondi Manalew; Sylvester Orimaye; Michael Smith; Ryan Youngblood.

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) is a professional degree preparing graduates for leadership positions in health care administration. The MHA equips students with the management, analytic, and strategic thinking skills necessary to lead health services organizations and improve population health. The health care industry is rapidly growing and changing, and demand for graduate training in health administration is at an all-time high. MHA students gain business and management skills specific to the health services industry, giving them a competitive employment advantage across the full spectrum of health services organizations. The MHA is a rigorous program accredited through the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH).

This program allows the student to follow one of two tracks:

  1. An Executive MHA track designed for working health services professionals seeking to advance to executive leadership positions. Students complete 42 - 45 credit hours of coursework including an applied capstone project related to their career goals. Students utilize past managerial experience to accelerate their degree progress while enriching the learning experience of their classmates.
  2. A Standard MHA track for students who do not have workplace experience but who have completed an undergraduate degree from any field of study.  Students complete 48 - 51 credit hours of coursework including studies in health administration careers, an applied capstone project, and an administrative internship.

Both tracks are fully available on-ground and 100% online, on a full-time or part-time basis, allowing students the flexibility to balance school, work and family.


By the end of the degree program, students are expected to have achieved the following competencies:

  • Perform effectively on interprofessional teams (teams and teamwork, values and ethics).
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention.
  • Select methods to evaluate health programs.
  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors.
  • Analyze data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming, and software, as appropriate.
  • Select data collection methods appropriate for a given health context.
  • Interpret results of data analysis for health research, policy or practice.
  • Compare the organization, structure, and function of health care, public health, and regulatory systems across national and international settings.
  • Leverage health data and leadership skills to facilitate/inform organizational or community change.
  • Apply quality and performance improvement concepts and tools to address organizational performance.
  • Utilize analytical methods and informatics resources to investigate health and health services.
  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice.
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing health outcomes.
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.
  • Demonstrate written and oral skills for communicating health policy and management issues with different audiences.
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of health policies or programs.
  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
  • Apply legal and ethical principles to issues of health services management and policy analysis.
  • Apply principles of human resources management in health services organizations.
  • Assess population needs, assets, and capacities that affect communities’ health.
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
  • Apply key principles of accounting and financial management in health services organizations.
  • Discuss main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services in the U.S.
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decisions.
  • Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing in health services organizations.
  • Apply systems thinking tools to a health issue.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program are required to use the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) which can be accessed at http://www.sophas.org. Application deadlines for Fall admission are: June 1st for domestic applicants and May 1st for international applicants. Application deadlines for Spring admission are: December 1st for domestic applicants and October 1st for international applicants.

The priority application deadline for Fall admission is February 1st (for early admissions decision and early consideration for Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships).

Admission to the graduate program in health administration is based upon scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential for success in a graduate program, including a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 for domestic applicants and 3.0 for international applicants.  Application materials include transcripts, three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references, a Statement of Purpose, and a resume/CV.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.20 are encouraged to submit the GRE or GMAT scores with their application. 

For additional information, please contact the MHA Program Director, mha@etsu.edu.

Graduation Policy

Candidates for the MHA degree must complete all the requirements pertaining to the degree and the University as stipulated in the Graduate Catalog. Students must maintain a GPA at 3.0 or above in order to qualify for graduation.

Health Administration, M.H.A.: 42-51 credits

Core Requirements 42-45 credits
Internship  0-3 credits
Capstone 3 credits
TOTAL 42-51 credits

HSMP 5010  is waived for students with a degree from a CEPH-Accredited school or program.

** HSMP 5700  and HSMP 5850  are waived for students with three or more years of full-time work experience in the field.

Capstone: 3 credits

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