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Health Administration

Valparaiso University’s Master of Health Administration (MHA) provides students with the skills and experience to become leaders in a variety of health care settings. Graduates go on to positions such as hospital administrators, health information management directors, nursing home administrators, health care managers, and more.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has projected a 28% job growth for medical and health services managers between 2021 and 2031. A degree in health administration provides the essential knowledge and fundamental skills for a successful future.

Valpo’s MHA program teaches students to use critical thinking skills to effectively communicate and manage employees; to improve patient safety, clinical processes and health outcomes; and to respectfully recognize the diversity of their patients and populations while executing the policies of their health care organization.

Outside the classroom, students acquire practical experience through an internship totaling 240 hours (3 credits at 80 hours per credit).

Students may complete this 39-credit program on either a full-time or part-time basis.


Requirements 30 Credits
Health Administration
Understanding the Profession and Health Care Organizations 3
Health Administration 517 Leadership and Teambuilding in Health Care Administration 3
Health Administration 520 Financial Management 3
Health Administration 601 Research and Program Evaluation 3
Health Administration 602 Managing and Analyzing Health Care Information 3
Health Administration 640 Quality Health Care Management 3
Health Administration 650 Managing People and Human Resources 3
Health Administration 672 Legal & Ethical Issues in Health Care 3
Health Administration 675 Organizational and Government Policy in Health Care 3
Marketing 630 Marketing Management and Consumer Expertise 3
Two courses from the following options: 6 Credits
Health Administration 662 Health in the Community 3
Health Administration  664 International Health and Health Care Organizations 3
Health Administration 518 Global Health 3
Internship 3 Credits
Health Administration 686 Internship 3

All international students are required to take GRD-500.


*Effective Fall 2023

Admission to the health administration graduate program is decided by the following criteria for fall and spring start dates:

  1. A completed Graduate School application form (Graduate application fee of $30 for U.S. applicants, $50 for international applicants)
  2. Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  3. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or, if below, five years of work experience in the field
  4. Two letters of reference, at least one of which needs to be from an employer or academic adviser
  5. An essay indicating reasons for studying health administration

Please note:

  • A basic course in statistics is required; however, it may be taken during the course of the program
  • A non-native English speaker is required to have a minimum TOEFL (iBT version) 82 or IELTS 6.5.

Online applications may be submitted through the Graduate School website.


    Are you a domestic student (US citizen) or international?


    Phrosini Samis-Smith, DHEd , MSSA, MSCEP

    Program Director for Health Science and Master of Health Administration
    Phone: 219.464.5289



    Standout women’s volleyball student-athlete, Bella Ravotto, recently completed her Bachelor’s in Health Care Leadership and is now pursuing her Master’s in Health Administration.

    “One of my favorite things is the interprofessional collaboration among your peers and professors. I am learning from those that have been on the administration side, but also on the clinical side.  That collaboration, among different occupations in the health care field, gives me great experience going into the workforce.”