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  • Convenient online coursework gives you the flexibility to complete your degree without taking time off from work.
  • Stimulating online courses are conducted by UMD School of Public Health faculty and experts from leading public health organizations in the Greater Washington DC Area.
  • Focus on practical knowledge and professional skills that you can immediately apply to your work in the health industry.
  • Internship and capstone projects that can launch you to the next stage of your career.

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) has a 46-credit, fifteen-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. The plan of study includes:

  • 39 credits (thirteen courses) in cognate courses that selected from a list of approved electives and additional courses in consultation with the academic advisor, which allows flexibility for students to specialize in a certain area of health care management and administration;
  • 24 credits (eight courses) in cognate courses that selected from a list of approved electives and additional courses in consultation with the academic advisor, which allows flexibility for students to specialize in a certain area of health care management and administration;
  • 4 credits (credits may be spread over multiple semesters) for the internship; and
  • 3 credits (one course) for the capstone project.

The MHA features online learning with stimulating online instruction and a total of four to five weekend days in the fall semester at the UMD College Park campus. UMD’s online learning environment delivers online content through easy to use web-based technology that enables learning in an engaging, interactive environment.

The MHA may be completed full time or part time; although full time is preferable.  All requirements must be met and the degree awarded within five years following the date of entrance into the program. The recommended sequence for completing the MHA considers prerequisites and course scheduling. Refer to the part-time and full-time plans of study for additional information

No. Your diploma and your transcript will look the same as a student attending the physical campus.

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredits the School of Public Health at University of Maryland, College Park. Acquisition and fulfillment of key competencies are required by CEPH and are the foundation for a successful career. The MHA competencies are listed and mapped to specific courses, as mandated by the CEPH accreditation requirements.

Full-time faculty and experts from leading public health organizations appointed by the Department of Health Policy and Management deliver instruction.

No more than six (6) credit hours of graduate work may be transferred from CEPH accredited institutions.  Additional requirements apply. Students seeking acceptance of transfer credits are urged to consult with the academic program director to ensure compliance with The Graduate School guidelines.

Negin Fouladi, PhD, MPH, MS; Assistant Clinical Professor, Director of Graduate Programs in Public Health Practice: fouladi@umd.edu.

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