Master of Health Administration Degree Online
Master of Health Administration Degree Online
Ranked in Top 10 Master of Health Administration Degrees*
The Master of Health Administration program at A.T. Still University prepares graduates to become leaders in the healthcare industry. The focus of this Master of Health Administration degree is to create leaders who are prepared and driven to make a difference and lead the future of healthcare. This 100 percent online Master of Health Administration program integrates web-based instruction, directed readings, email, and synchronous interactions between students and faculty. Students in the Master of Health Administration degree program are taught by expert and highly qualified healthcare faculty and healthcare industry professionals.
The health administration master’s degree is offered through ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) and encompasses 14 healthcare administration courses, totaling 42 credit hours. All class work for this health administration master’s program is entirely online, without any residential requirement.
Master of Health Administration Degree Electives and Capstone
Students in the Master of Health Administration program complete 14 required courses, including a capstone project.
In the capstone project, students will apply the theories and knowledge gained throughout the Master of Health Administration program to develop a real-world solution to a problem focusing on the complexities of healthcare delivery systems, building alliances within and outside of the healthcare industry, and strategic decision-making.
MHA Program Mission, Vision, and Values +
MHA Mission Statement
Our mission is to engage with diverse online students to prepare them for leadership roles in health care administration. Our curriculum is designed for early to mid-career health care professionals who aspire to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in the ever changing health care industry. Emphasis is placed on competency-based education, the osteopathic tradition of whole person health care, and the ATSU focus of serving underserved populations. This is accomplished with practice-integrated learning assessments that promote active learning and discourse.
Graduates are prepared for early-to-mid-careerist positions in a variety of health care organizations including hospitals, outpatient centers, physician offices, and other health care-related organizations. They serve in a number of leadership roles including policy, clinical, and operations.
Our scholar-practitioner faculty are educated and experienced in their fields of expertise, and through service, scholarship, and professional development stay attuned to emerging trends in health care, education, and online teaching. They actively engage with students through web conferencing, telephone, and other technologies.
The ATSU Health Administration program will be recognized as the leading innovator in learner-centered online health administration education, with students, alumni, faculty, and administration working together to prepare students to lead health care organizations and contribute to the overall wellbeing of the population.
Leadership – We value modeling and mentoring strong leadership skills and inspire individual and program accountability and excellence.
Integrity – We value strong ethical principles and fairness in our individual actions and our program decision making.
Diversity – We value the ideas and beliefs of all of our stakeholders, and work to foster an inclusive environment that respects the dignity of all.
Innovation – We value creative approaches to teaching, learning, and application.
Lifelong Learning – We value the continual pursuit of knowledge that enhances the personal and professional development of all stakeholders.
Read the University Catalog to learn more about the Master of Health Administration online program and university.
The online masters degree in health administration program is designed to help you develop the management knowledge you’ll need to achieve your professional goals in the healthcare industry. The master of health administration degree online program features online courses taught by expert faculty and offers four Residential Learning Institutes providing educational and networking opportunities with faculty and peers. It is focused on addressing key topics critical for effective organizational leadership in the dynamic healthcare field. Online Health administration masters degree students represent clinical, administrative, technical and academic professions in healthcare, including:
- Healthcare administration
- Healthcare consultants
- Healthcare finance
- Healthcare human resources
- Healthcare management
- Medical technology
- Healthcare public policy
- Healthcare practice management
- Healthcare risk management
MHA Program Goals and Objectives+
Goal 1: Recruit and retain a student body representative of the nation’s racial, ethnic, and gender composition.
Objective 1.1: The MHA program will exhibit at 1 conference each fiscal year.
Objective 1.2: 80% of all students will be retained during an academic year.
Objective 1.3: 70% of students will graduate within five years of matriculation.
Objective 1.4: 25% of students will be an underrepresented minority.
Objective 1.5: 50% of students will be female.
Goal 2: Provide a challenging learning environment that facilitates scholarship of application, integration, and discovery.
Objective 2.1: 80% of students will report they gained practical knowledge from a course.
Objective 2.2: 95% of faculty members will report the MHA curriculum is rigorous enough for the level of the academic degree.
Objective 2.3: 80% of students will demonstrate sufficient proficiency to earn a grade of A or B in every course.
Goal 3: Provide instruction responsive to the needs of the health administration workforce.
Objective 3.1: At least one currently-employed health administrator will be a representative on the MHA program Advisory Committee.
Objective 3.2: At least one currently-employed health administrator will be a representative on the MHA Curriculum Committee.
Objective 3.3: Of the students who complete the graduate culminating project, 90% will achieve a grade of 90% or greater on the project.
Objective 3.4: Of the students who graduate from the MHA program, 90% will achieve an “excellent” or “good” rating on each of the program’s competencies.
Objective 3.5: 80% of respondents to the alumni survey will report the MHA curriculum prepared them for the health administration workforce.
Goal 4: Provide a quality, diverse faculty and staff committed to life-long learning.
Objective 4.1: 100% of full-time faculty members will have or be working toward earned doctoral degrees.
Objective 4.2: 90% of academically or professionally qualified adjunct faculty members will currently work or previously worked primarily in health administration or a health administration-related field.
Objective 4.3: All MHA full-time faculty members will participate in one continuous improvement or professional development activity each year.
Objective 4.4: 50% of MHA full-time faculty members will be female.
Objective 4.5: 30% of MHA full-time faculty members will be of a race other than Caucasian.
Objective 4.6: 75% of MHA staff members will be female.
Objective 4.7.: 15% of MHA staff members will be of a race other than Caucasian.
Goal 5: Engage faculty and students in scholarly research to advance health administration learning, teaching, and practice.
Objective 5.1: The MHA program full-time faculty will generate scholarly activity resulting in 2 professional or scholarly presentations annually.
Objective 5.2: The MHA program full-time faculty will generate scholarly activity resulting in 2 submissions to peer-reviewed publications annually.
Objective 5.3: The MHA program faculty will generate scholarly activity involving students as researchers resulting in 1 submission to a peer-reviewed publication and/or 1 scholarly presentation annually.
Goal 6: Provide service to the health administration community in practice, teaching, and research.
Objective 6.1: 100% of MHA full-time faculty will maintain membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Objective 6.2: 30% of MHA full-time faculty will maintain membership in at least 1 committee serving the American College of Healthcare Executives, either nationally or locally.
Objective 6.3: 50% of MHA full time faculty will participate in at least 1 community service activity annually.
Objective 6.4: 50% of MHA full time faculty will maintain membership in the Academy of Management’s health care group.
Objective 6.5: 30% of MHA full time faculty will provide service to the Academy of Management.
Objective 6.6: The MHA program will retain membership in the Higher Education Network of the American College of Health Care Executives.
Objective 6.7: The MHA program will retain membership in the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
Objective 6.8: The MHA program will host a chapter of the Upsilon Phi Delta honor society of AUPHA.
Objective 6.9: The MHA program will continue to pursue accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME).
Goal 7: Provide service to A. T. Still University and the College of Graduate Health Studies.
Objective 7.1: 100% of full-time faculty will provide service to University level committees, such as the ad hoc alternate track faculty committee, the Faculty Senate, assessment committees, etc.
Objective 7.2: 100% of full-time faculty will provide service to College level committees, including the Faculty Council and its committees, Curriculum Committees, Admission Committees, Faculty Hiring Committee, etc.
American College of Healthcare Executives' Higher Education Network+
A.T. Still University’s Master of Health Administration program is recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Higher Education Network.
Master of Health Administration Degree Faculty
The Master of Health Administration degree online program offers a challenging, interdisciplinary educational experience that enables intellectual and professional advancement for health administration masters degree students. ATSU College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) faculty and staff are dedicated to your success, and comprehensive student services are available, including advising, tutoring and technical support.
ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies instructors have diverse academic and working backgrounds in management and healthcare fields, and 90% hold doctoral degrees. Their academic areas of interest include healthcare law, the economics of medical care, organizational theory and its effect in the health industry, health policy, the financing of healthcare, effectiveness/cost-benefit analysis in the healthcare industry, health information systems, quantitative methods and management science.
Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA,
Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA, is the Dean of the College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) at A.T. Still University (ATSU). He also serves as director of public health at ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH). Dr. Altman has been with ATSU since October 2006.
Dr. Altman graduated from the University of Texas Dental Branch (DDS) in 1983. He completed his Master of Public Health degree at the University of Texas School of Public Health in 1989 and became Board Certified in Dental Public Health in 1999. Dr. Altman completed his MBA at the University of Phoenix (2002) and a MA in Bioethics from Midwestern University (2004). He graduated with a Doctor in Health Science (DHSc) degree in March 2012 from the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University (ATSU-ASHS) and his EdD from Southern New Hampshire University in March 2016.
Dr. Altman has worked for The City of Houston, the State of Texas, the State of Arizona, as well as The Principal Financial Group. Dr. Altman’s public health experience includes: serving as President of the Arizona State Board Dental Examiners; serving as President of the Arizona Public Health Association; volunteering with Health Volunteers Overseas (Cambodia and Vietnam); Director of the National Oral Health Leadership Institute; and serving as the Consumer Representative to the Dental Products Panel for the Food and Drug Administration. On May 1, 2012 he was appointed as a Director to The American Board of Dental Public Health and is currently the president.
Dr. Altman’s research interests are currently centered on public health and higher education. He has published articles in the Journal of Dental Education, Journal of the American Dental Association, Public Health Reports, Special Care in Dentistry, and Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.
- Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA,
Chair and Associate Professor +
Letha Williams, PhD, FACHE
Letha Williams, PhD, has more than a decade of higher education experience in both teaching and administrative roles. She began with ATSU in 2010 as adjunct faculty, became a full time Associate Professor later that year, and became Chair of the MHA and MPH programs in 2012. Her professional experience includes more than 30 years in leadership positions in healthcare organizations, including the American Red Cross, as well as hospitals, long-term-care facilities, and a home care agency. Her expertise is in market strategy development, organizational change and crisis management, team building, and leadership development. Dr. Williams has championed many growth-oriented strategic plans and marketing programs, developed and led award-winning teams, and coached supervisors, peers, and students who are currently making positive contributions to their organizations and disciplines.
Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management with a specialization in Leadership, and maintains a research interest in leadership ethics. She also holds a Master degree in Public Administration with a healthcare emphasis earned at the University of Michigan, and a bachelor degree in journalism earned at Oakland University. She previously held appointments as department chair for the accelerated business programs at Baker College, and adjunct professor at Davenport University and Trident University International.
- Letha Williams, PhD, FACHE
Lihua Dishman, DBA, MBA
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Lihua Dishman, DBA, MBA, earned a master of business administration in finance, business, and economics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., and a bachelor of science in statistics and economics from Shanghai University of Finance & Economics in Shanghai, China.
She has nearly 27 years teaching experience with traditional and non-traditional graduate and undergraduate degree programs in managerial finance, statistics, research methodology, and more. Ms. Dishman has delivered courses in 100 percent online, residential, and hybrid modalities. In addition, she has nearly two decades of global financial management experience. Her expertise includes global corporate treasury, global capital markets, and more.
Ms. Dishman led the structure and issuance of multi-billion dollar asset-backed securities within a global treasury group. As lead auditor for a multinational corporation, she successfully completed high profile and strategically critical international assignments. She was a consultant of global corporate finance with a Fortune 10 company for nearly five years following more than six years in private investment banking and institutional asset consulting.
As a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Detroit, her research interests include financial impact of healthcare reform on healthcare providers, healthcare cost effectiveness of promoting health well-being at workplaces, and how to invest donor assets prudently in not-for-profit healthcare systems.
John Fick, EdD, FACHE
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John Fick, EdD, FACHE, is an associate professor at ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies. He received his Doctor of Educational Leadership with a focus on higher education administration from Argosy University, Sarasota, Fla., in 2007, and an Master of Science degree with a specialization in community health services from the School of Medicine, Wayne State University (1983). He joined ATSU as an adjunct faculty member in 2007 and in 2009 became a full-time faculty member in the Health Administration program. At ATSU, has served on the curriculum committee and currently serves on the new faculty hiring committee.
Dr. Fick’s research interests include adult learners and online learning. He is board-certified in healthcare management and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has served as a fellow of ACEHSA (now CAHME) and was recently awarded the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award by ACHE Regent in Mich., as well as nominated in 2010 for Faculty of the Year by students in the Master of Health Administration program at ATSU.
Letha Williams, PhD, FACHE
Associate Professor and Chair
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- Lihua Dishman, DBA, MBA
Master of Health Administration Degree Admissions
Application requirements for the Master of Health Administration program include:
- Completed and signed admissions application along with a nonrefundable application fee.
- An accredited degree from a university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (bachelor’s degree for masters programs and a master’s degree for doctoral programs). Applicants who graduated from a university outside the United States may have to provide a degree equivalency evaluation.*
- Official transcript from the qualifying degree-granting institution. For students using VA benefits transcripts for all institutions attended are required.
- Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) at the qualifying degree institution.
- Some degree programs may require experience or credentialing relevant to the field.
Elements of Success:
- A current resume.
- Completion of an essay.
- English Proficiency **
- Meet technology requirements.***
*Applicants who have graduated from a foreign college or university should submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency. All course work taken at the foreign institution must be evaluated for American institution equivalence by one of the following services:
- World Education Services P.O. Box 5087 Bowling Green Station New York, NY 10274-5087 p: (212) 966-6311 f: (212) 739-6139 email@example.com
- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. P.O. Box 514070 Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 (414) 289-3400
- American Assn. of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520 Washington, DC 20036-1135 (202) 293-9161
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants 7101 SW 102 Avenue Miami FL 33173 p: (305) 273 -1616 f: (305) 273 -1338 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Intl. Education Research Foundation, Inc. PO Box 3665 Culver City, CA 90231-3665 (310) 258-9451
**Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Studies. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:
- Option 1 - English is your first language.
- Option 2 - Graduated from a regionally accredited four year college/university in the United States with a BA/BS or graduate degree.
- Option 3 - You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Acceptable minimal scores for CGHS applications are:
The Computer Based Test (CBT), Internet Based Test (iBT), or the Paper Based Test (PBT) are accepted. The following are the minimum required score based on test type:
- CBT - minimum total score of 213 Minimum of 22/Reading Skills section | Minimum of 26/Writing Skills section
- iBT - minimum total score of 80 Minimum of 22/Reading Skills section | Minimum of 24/Writing Skills section
- PBT - minimum total score of 550 Minimum of 57/Reading Skills section | Minimum of 61/Writing Skills section
The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA 609. 771.7100. A.T. Still University’s institutional code is 0339. Please be sure to include this information when you submit your application packet. TOEFL Educational Testing Services P.O. Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, 609.771.7100
***ATSU technology requirements
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Master of Health Administration Curriculum Overview
The Master of Health Administration degree online program prepares students for leadership in the healthcare field. Graduates earn their online health administration masters degree and enter a fast growing segment of the U.S. labor market. The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020. The online masters degree in health administration program integrates web-based instruction, directed readings, email, and synchronous interactions between students and faculty.
- Healthcare law
- Healthcare leadership
- Human resources management
- Healthcare strategic planning and marketing
- The financing of healthcare
- Health information systems
- Operations Management
- Project Management for health administrators
- Data Analytics and Decision Making
- Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Healthcare Information Systems +
This course examines the knowledge and skills needed by healthcare executives to manage information and information systems in a modern healthcare organization. The course begins with a primer on healthcare information including a description of patient care processes and the information that is created during these processes. This course then provides a description of healthcare information systems, their evolution, and the major clinical and administrative applications in use today with a focus on electronic medical record systems. Basic information technology concepts that support information systems are then covered. The final topic is Senior Management IT Challenges: what it takes to effectively manage, budget, govern, and evaluate information technology services in a healthcare organization. This course includes a field-work assignment that can be completed in-person or virtually.
- Credits: 3
Healthcare Financial Management +
This course introduces the essential and practical elements of healthcare financial management to health administration students who may not be financial managers. It places an emphasis on key financial management concepts and their applications that are critical to making business decisions in both non-profit and for-profit healthcare organizations. It integrates finance, economics, and financial and managerial accounting principles. It provides real world examples to guide students through topics in financial statement analysis, value-based purchasing, revenue cycle management, financial planning and analysis, cash budgeting and working capital management, capital budgeting and long-term financing, and organizational financial performance analysis. This course includes a field-work assignment that can be completed in-person or virtually.
- Credits: 3
Health Administration Law and Ethics +
This course helps students develop a concrete foundation in healthcare law and ethics, as well as practical approaches to legal issues in health care human resources. Critical thinking skills are honed as students review issues such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, privacy of medical information, the HITECH Act, and other current case law issues.
- Credits: 3
Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing +
This course presents a general overview of the strategic planning and marketing processes in health service organizations. In comparison to operational management, this course will emphasize the planning function of health care management with an external or strategic orientation. In addition, students will be introduced to a variety of marketing topics, strategies, and creative approaches, as well as an understanding of the development and execution of marketing techniques. Examples from a wide variety of healthcare provider applications are used. This course includes a field-work assignment that can be completed in-person or virtually.
- Credits: 3
Managing Human Resources +
The focus of this course is workforce planning, recruitment, hiring, supervision, motivation, training, evaluation and overall leadership of staff members in healthcare organizations. Emphasis is placed on building strategies to manage both individual employees and teams of employees. Students also will study methods for handling difficult or under-performing employees. This course includes a field-work assignment that can be completed in-person or virtually.
- Credits: 3
Data Analytics & Decision Making +
In this course, students will learn how to best analyze, categorize, and manage internal and external data of healthcare organizations. Students will work with actual data sets when analyzing diagnostic, procedural, pharmacy, and administrative data. The emphasis of this course is on administrative data analytics. Students will learn value-based purchasing analytics and risk adjustments. They will also learn data analytics that will facilitate better revenue cycle management with an interdisciplinary approach. Students will gain a better understanding of interdepartmental dependencies and the importance of interdepartmental collaboration on organizational success.
Transformational Quality and Safety in Healthcare +
Quality and safety are increasingly important to healthcare organizations. This course will explore best practices for building a quality and safety infrastructure using transformational leadership principles. Students will learn and apply key concepts of data-driven decision making, including setting quality and safety expectations, in field-based scenarios.
Healthcare Operations Management +
This course will explore operational management from the integrated framework of financial management, supply chain management, process and quality improvement, facilities management, and systems and technology. In this course, the details of each framework will be explained, illustrated, and applied in an operational context for a health care enterprise. Ultimately, the students will produce an operational management plan that integrates each of these frameworks for a health care organization. This course includes a field-work assignment that can be completed in-person or virtually.
Project Management for Healthcare Administrators +
Project management expertise is an essential skill for healthcare administrators to ensure that projects are conducted with a proven framework and that these initiatives are aligned with organizational strategy. This course introduces tools and techniques designed to facilitate critical project management knowledge areas, such as scope, schedule, cost, quality, resource, communication, risk, procurement, and stakeholder. Emphasis is placed on the skills and abilities of effective project managers. Students will learn the value of delivering a project on time, within schedule, and to the customer’s satisfaction.
Population Health Management +
This course introduces students to the concepts, practices, and developing trends of population health management. It examines multiple determinants of health. It covers population health management’s essential strategies, impact by the Affordable Care Act, and relation to U.S. healthcare delivery system as the system transforms from episodic non-integrated care to outcome-accountable care and further to community-integrated healthcare. The course addresses health’s relation to overall wellbeing, measures health in individuals and populations, explores economic concepts in population health, and discusses ethical and managerial issues in population health improvement. Additionally, this course integrates real-world examples to guide students on how to identify, analyze, and present data in a meaningful way to elevate the awareness of population health and increase understanding of population health outcomes.
- Credits: 3
MHA Capstone Project +
In this course, students will integrate all of the theories and knowledge gained throughout the MHA program to apply a systems-based approach to a project designed to present challenging opportunities for decision-making. The course focuses on the complexities of healthcare delivery systems, building alliances within and outside of the healthcare industry, and strategic decision-making. Students must complete this course in the final block of the program.
- Credits: 3
Directed Studies +
Directed studies may be required as assigned by the program chair.
- Credits: 3