Health Administration (Online)

Master of Health Administration (Online)

Public health and health services now comprise the largest industry in the United States, producing nearly one seventh of the United States' gross national product. According to a World Health Organization, the health care system should be conceptualized as including not only health services, but also public health and social welfare activities. The Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, adopts this integrated approach to address current health needs, provide leadership in a rapidly evolving health care industry, and anticipate future health challenges in an expanding global economy.

The Master of Health Administration (MHA-Online) is a rigorous, multi-disciplinary program with courses in public health services administration, epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, health behaviors and determinants, health policy, health law and ethics, health economics and analysis, strategic management of human resources, health service information systems, financial management of health organizations, marketing for competitive health service, quality assessment and evaluation, and health care leadership and communications.

The MHA-Online is a 45-credit professional graduate program that prepares graduates to manage the many complex health-related organizations including hospitals, health care systems, insurance companies, long term care facilities, managed care organizations, rehabilitation agencies, public health clinics, state agencies, among others. The curriculum also includes an internship and a capstone project that integrates all course learning and experiences. The program may be completed in 24 months of full-time study; part-time study is welcomed. Online instruction is supplemented by a total of four to five weekend days of residency held at the UMD College Park campus.

The MHA-Online features online instruction, offering flexibility and accessibility that fits in with personal and professional responsibilities. UMD’s online learning environment delivers online content through easy to use web-based technology that enables learning in an engaging, interactive environment. Instruction is provided by School of Public Health faculty and experts from prominent public health organizations in the Greater Washington DC area. The MHA-Online uses the semester academic calendar: fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Session (two 6-week sessions).

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