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Program Overview


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EduMED has named the University of Maryland, College Park as one of the best colleges among the nation's top online degree programs in Healthcare Administration. The Master in Healthcare Administration is ranked 35 on the list of Best Online Healthcare Administration Degrees for 2023.

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 Master of Health Administration, Online (MHA) is a rigorous, multi-disciplinary program that provides an integrated curriculum 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 MHA offers courses 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 MHA is a 46-credit professional graduate program that can be completed in eighteen months of full-time study while minimally disrupting personal and professional life. Part-time study is welcomed. The program 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 MHA helps build a platform of professional network support, benefiting students throughout their careers.

The MHA features online instruction that is supplemented with traditional in-person learning. UMD’s online learning environment delivers content through easy-to-use web-based technology that supports engaging and interactive learning. In-person instruction consists of a total of four to five weekend days of residency in the fall semester that are held at the UMD College Park campus. Instruction is provided by School of Public Health faculty and experts in the field. The program uses the semester academic calendar with classes held in fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Session (two 6-week sessions). 

Program Contact Information

The MHA is offered through the Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health. The program adopts an 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. Students with specific academic questions may contact:

Dr. Negin Fouladi
Department of Health Policy and Management
School of Public Health
3310 School of Public Health Building
4200 Valley Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-2611

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