The Master of Health Administration (MHA) is a 42 - 45 credit interdisciplinary program of study designed to prepare students and professionals for careers and advancement in health administration. Professionals trained at Valpo will be prepared to assume leadership roles in this growing, yet changing enterprise and will bring a background that helps them deal with the current and forthcoming ethical challenges of medicine and health care.
The MHA program was transferred from the Graduate School to the College of Nursing and Health Professions in May 2013. During this transfer and after careful review, it is now recommended to complete the MHA program in a 24 month time-frame as a full time student and 36 months or more as a part time student.
Of specific relevance to establishing a master’s program in health administration at Valpo is the Lutheran longstanding tradition of active engagement in health issues--through hospitals, nursing homes, other healthcare facilities, and indemnity programs. This program is specifically designed for professionals in health care as well as new entrants to the field.
Valpo developed the MHA program to accommodate the demands of both the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland markets. Many classes are held simultaneously in Chicago at Valpo's Hyde Park Campus and in Valparaiso through online video streaming. For more information about the Hyde Park Campus, click here.
The curriculum has both online and onsite components. The curriculum establishes a basic foundation in business principles followed by specific applications to the field of health care. An important component of the program is the experiential coursework, namely practicum and internships totaling 6 credit hours. Current professionals in the field may have one of their experiential courses waived, thereby reducing the requirements to 42 credits. Graduates of the program will achieve proficiency in the following areas:
|Core Requirements||25 Cr|
|HADM 501 Understanding Health Care Organizations||2 cr|
|HADM 520 Financial Management||2 cr|
|HADM 550 Human Resources Management||2 cr|
|HADM 601 Research and Program Evaluation||2 cr|
|HADM 602 Managing and Analyzing Health Care Information||3 cr|
|HADM 640 Quality Healthcare Management||3 cr|
|HADM 650 Leadership and Managing People||2 cr|
|HADM 670 Legal Issues in Health Care||3 cr|
|HADM 671 Ethical Issues in Health Care||3 cr|
|HADM 675 Organizational & Government Policy on Health Care||3 cr|
|Core Electives: Choose 2 of the 3||5 - 6 cr|
|HADM 530 Marketing and Promotion||2 cr|
|HADM 662 Epidemiology||3 cr|
|HADM 664 Health in the Community||3 cr|
|Experiential Training||3 - 6 cr|
|HADM 685 Practicum||3 cr|
|HADM 686 Internship||3 cr|
|Note: Three credits may be waived for professionals in the field|
|General Electives||8-9 cr|
|Students may choose a range of electives from business, health,information technology, professional writing, ethics and other fields|
Admission Requirements & Application Process
Interested students should access the online application through the Web site (www.valpo.edu/apply), or may request paper materials by contacting the Graduate School. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, which include:
As part of the application process, students must provide:
The Health Administration features a continuous admission process, so application materials may be submitted at any time. Once received, the admission decision normally takes 2-3 weeks.
A limited number of research or academic assistantships and graduate internships are available through the Graduate School. Visit http://www.valpo.edu/grad/prospective for more information about these and other opportunities.
Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $595 per credit hour, extremely competitive for one of the top ranked institutions in the Midwest and lower than many other private universities in the region. Students may be eligible for financial aid through federal loans and work study. To learn more about financial aid options, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 1-888-GO-VALPO or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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