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Master of Health Administration Degree Online

Master of Health Administration Degree Online

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Ranked in Top 10 Master of Health Administration Degrees*

The Master of Health Administration degree at the A.T. Still University prepares graduates to become seasoned professionals in the healthcare industry. The focus of this Master of Health Administration degree is creating elite 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 chat room 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 12 healthcare administration courses, totaling 48 credit hours. All class work for this health administration master’s program is entirely online, without any residential requirement.

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Master of Health Administration Degree Electives and Capstone

Students in the Master of Health Administration degree program complete 10 required courses, including a capstone project, and two elective courses chosen by the student from related courses offered by ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies.

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.

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  • Career Advancement+

    • 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
      • Nursing
      • Healthcare consultants
      • Healthcare finance
      • Healthcare human resources

      • Healthcare management
      • Medical technology
      • Healthcare public policy
      • Healthcare practice management
      • Healthcare risk management

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 85 percent 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.

  • Dean +

      • Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA,<br />Dean Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA,

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        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.

  • Associate Dean of Academics and Assessment Dean +

      • Katherine M. Adler, DHA, FACHE<br />Associate Dean Academics and Assessment Katherine M. Adler, DHA, FACHE
        Associate Dean Academics and Assessment

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        Dr. Adler is the Associate Dean Academics and Assessment at the College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS). She began teaching for the College of Graduate Health Studies in 2006, became the Program Chair for Health Administration in 2009, and became the Associate Dean in 2012.

        Dr. Adler holds a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration and Leadership from the Medical University of South Carolina. She has more than 25 years of varied experience in the not-for-profit health care industry, spending the bulk of her career working at safety-net hospitals in urban Detroit.

        During her tenure in administrative roles, Dr. Adler worked closely with physicians in medicine and surgery, having direct oversight of those departments and subspecialties, and gained extensive knowledge in public health, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health sciences. Through her formal training and work, Dr. Adler has a strong background in health services administration as well as public health. She is a patient advocate, understands the plight of the underserved and underinsured, and has worked to incorporate patient-centered care into the curriculum with the understanding that prevention and whole person healthcare are the keys to a healthy community and society.

  • Chair and Associate Professor +

      • spacer image for page layout Letha Williams, PhD

        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.

  • Faculty +

      • Lihua Dishman, DBA, MBA Lihua Dishman, DBA, MBA
        Assistant Professor
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      • John Fick, EdD, FACHE John Fick, EdD, FACHE
        Associate Professor
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      • Letha Williams, PhD Letha Williams, PhD
        Associate Professor and Chair
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Master of Health Administration Degree Admissions

  • Requirements +

    • Application requirements for the Master of Health Administration program include:

      1. Application:
        • Completed and signed admissions application along with a nonrefundable application fee.

      2. Academic:

        • 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.

      3. 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:

      **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

  • Tuition+

    • Application Fee: $70
      Tuition: $657 per credit hour (2017-2018 school year)
      Technology Fee: $32 per credit hour
      Note: All fees and tuition are subject to change.

      Most courses are three credit hours. There are additional fees for books and reference materials.

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  • Blackboard Demo Course +

    • An iPad logging into ATSU's app with an open book displayed in the backgroundATSU has set up a demo course of our Blackboard
      Learning Management System for interested students.

      Please go to our guest demo site, and login with:

      Username: MHAdemo
      Password: cghsguest

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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 chat room inter-actions between students and faculty.

Academic areas of focus 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
  • Management science

Year 1

  • Introduction to Graduate Research and Writing +

    • Credits: 3
      In this course, students will develop a grounding in graduate-level research and writing. The fundamentals of using scholarly and industry-respected sources in the preparation of academic manuscripts will include topics such as writing style, citations and referencing using the APA Publication Manual. At the conclusion of the course, students will have achieved a basic mastery of research and APA style writing, and be better prepared to write at the graduate level. Students are required to take this course in their first term and are expected to pass this course in order to continue in the MHA program. This course must be taken in the first block and students must receive a passing grade to continue in the program.
  • Health Services in the US +

    • Credits: 3
      This course provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. healthcare system. Healthcare terminology, concepts, critical issues, and a description of existing delivery systems are presented. The organization, delivery, financing, payment, and staffing of the U.S. healthcare system are discussed, along with issues related to competition, regulation, technology, access, quality, primary care, long-term care, mental health, and ethics.
  • Leading Healthcare Organizations +

    • Credits: 3
      This course focuses on healthcare administration, including the management process, descriptions of the managerial functions, managerial roles, motivation, and communication. In addition, this course will provide students with an understanding of leadership and ethics in healthcare administration in the context of the U.S. healthcare system. Codes of professional conduct and ethical policy statements will be reviewed from the American College of Healthcare Executives.
  • Healthcare Information Systems +

    • Credits: 3
      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.
  • Healthcare Financial Management +

    • Credits: 3
      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.
  • Health Administration Law and Ethics +

    • Credits: 3
      This course is designed to help non-legal professionals develop a concrete foundation in healthcare law and ethics, as well as practical approaches to improving the excellence and delivery of healthcare. Critical thinking skills are honed as students review issues such as Sarbanes-Oxley, privacy of medical information, and other current case law issues.
  • Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing +

    • Credits: 3
      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.

Year 2

  • Managing Human Resources +

    • Credits: 3
      The focus of this course is workforce planning, recruitment, hiring, supervision, motivation, training, evaluation, and overall management of staff members in organizations. Students are introduced to human resources laws and the various ways employees behave in healthcare organizations. Emphasis is placed on understanding how healthcare managers can foster creative problem solving, collaboration, conflict resolution, empowerment, and teamwork while maintaining a fair and productive working environment.
  • Population Health Management +

    • Credits: 3
      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.
  • MHA Capstone Project +

    • Credits: 3
      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 all core courses before registering for this course. This course must be taken in the last term.

Other Courses


  • Managing Individual Employees +

    • Credits: 3
      his course takes a focused perspective in how to manage the individual employee. Topics range from hiring the right person, to individual motivation, to development planning, and promotion. Students also will study methods for handing difficult or under-performing employees.
  • Managing Teams +

    • Credits: 3
      This course takes a macro perspective in managing teams of employees. A case study approach is used to explore topics such as team development, motivation, coaching, and incentives. Students will have the opportunity to build team management plans for their own use in current or future healthcare roles.
    • Credits: 3
      The course examines the administrative leadership roles in both the private and public healthcare sectors. These roles encompass local, state, and federal policy trends in the planning, development, administration, and evaluation of various programs designed to promote comprehensive and integrated services for older adults. Students will gain an overview of various options regarding the development and administration of long term support and services. Students will gain a practical perspective through observing and evaluating a program or service for older adults in their own communities.


MHA students wishing to apply to the Doctorate of Health Administration Degree may elect to take two DHA courses as electives. Please visit with an Academic Advisor for more information at 660-626-2658 or Any or all of the following courses may be selected:
  • Leadership and Practice +

    • Credits: 3
      Theoretical perspectives will allow students to discover the importance of incorporating leadership into healthcare practice. Each student will be able to link these theories to developing personal leadership competency. Students will also learn the features and benefits of involvement with a professional health care organization such as the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). MHA students wishing to apply to the Doctorate of Health Administration Degree may elect to take two DHA courses as electives. Please visit with an Academic Advisor for more information at 660-626-2658 or
  • Coaching, Mentoring and Interpersonal Communications +

    • Credits: 3
      Building upon practical experience gained via the Leadership and Ethics course, participants will examine the importance of succession planning and develop strategies for organizational development. Participants will identify interpersonal communication styles and strengths and further develop communication competencies. MHA students wishing to apply to the Doctorate of Health Administration Degree may elect to take two DHA courses as electives. Please visit with an Academic Advisor for more information at 660-626-2658 or
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