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Advising & Curriculum Overview


Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. To learn more, prospective students should contact the academic director via email: Dr. Negin Fouladi, fouladi@umd.edu.

  • A 46-credit, sixteen-course, multi-disciplinary curriculum 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.
  • Plan of study includes:
    • 4 credits (credits may be spread over multiple semesters) for the internship; and
    • 3 credits (one course) for the capstone project.
  • A rigorous, multi-disciplinary program with courses in in public health services administration, research methods in healthcare, 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 program features online instruction that is supplemented with traditional in-person learning.   Instruction is provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field.

Online Instruction

  • Most courses are offered via 100% online instruction.
  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content.
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Lectures are video archived. Students who are unable to attend in real time can review the session through asynchronous participation.

In Person Instruction

  • The only course with required in-person elements is HLSA772: Healthcare Leadership and Communications.
  • This requirement consists of a total of four to five weekend days of residency in the fall semester designed to deepen professional network support.
  • Residency classes meet at the UMD College Park campus, offering students the opportunity to engage in a focused, distraction-free learning environment.
  • Students enrolled in a program that features in-person instruction are required to submit the University’s Immunization Record Form prior to the first day of their first semester/term. See Health Requirements.

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

Competencies, MHA (Online) Courses
Apply systems thinking and organizational theory to address public health and health care management issues. HLSA601, HLSA710 or HLSA740, HLSA730, HLSA711, HLSA750, SPHL600
Evaluate the main components of the organization and delivery of healthcare in the US and other nations and impact on population health. HLSA601, HLSA710, HLSA740, HLSA770, SPHL600
Apply the principles of strategic planning, development, marketing, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives. HLSA710, HLSA740, HLSA760, HLSA730, HLSA711, HLSA750
Apply analytical methods for analysis of health management problems and potential solutions. HLSA775, HLSA770, SPHL602,  HLSA760, HLSA742, HLSA750
Demonstrate leadership and management skills for building partnership through collaborative efforts and communication of health policy and management issues. HLSA772, HLSA710, HLSA740, HLSA730

The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Students in the program are eligible to take the National Board of Public Health Examiners exam to become Certified in Public Health (CPH) after completing all the core principles of public health courses.

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