The master’s of health administration (MHA) is an interdisciplinary program of study designed to prepare students and professionals for careers and advancement in health administration.
Graduates 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.
Of specific relevance to establishing a master’s program in health administration at Valparaiso University is the Lutheran church’s longstanding history of active engagement in health issues through hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and other health care facilities and indemnity programs.
The program is open to both professionals in health care and new entrants to the field. Furthermore, the flexibility in delivery format of the program enables completion as either a part-time or full-time student.
The curriculum has both online and on-site components, and is designed so full-time students can complete the degree in 18 months. Part-time students will typically require about 30 months.
The curriculum establishes a basic foundation in business principles, followed by specific applications to the field of health care. Students already having a business foundation may, upon approval of the academic advisor, substitute with other coursework.
An important component of the program is the experiential learning coursework, namely an internship totaling three credits.
|Core Requirements||27 Credits|
|Health Administration 501||Understanding the Profession and Health Care Organizations||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 670||Legal Issues in Health Care||3|
|Health Administration 671||Ethical Issues in Health Care||3|
|Health Administration 675||Organizational and Government Policy in Health Care||3|
|Core Enhancements||6 Credits|
|Two courses from the following options:|
|Health Administration 530||Marketing and Promotion||2|
|Health Administration 662||Health in the Community||3|
|Health Administration 664||International Health and Health Care Organizations||3|
|Health Administration 518||Global Health||3|
|Experiential Training||3 Credits|
|Health Administration 686||Internship (80 hours per credit)||1-6|
|General Electives||3 Credits|
|Students may choose a range of electives from business, health, information technology, professional writing, ethics and other fields. All international students are required to take HADM 690 in the first semester admitted to the program.|
Admission to the health administration graduate program is decided by the dean of the Graduate School following consideration of the following:
- A completed Graduate School application form (Graduate application fee of $30 for U.S. applicants, $50 for international applicants)
- Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or, if below, five years of work experience in the field
- Two letters of reference, at least one of which needs to be from an employer or academic adviser
- A basic course in statistics
- An essay indicating reasons for studying health administration
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: valpo.edu/grad. PDFs of the appropriate forms are also available on this website. In response to an application request, the Graduate School will provide comprehensive application packets, including a complete list of the admission requirements for both the Graduate School and the health administration program.
There is ongoing rolling admissions to this program.
Phrosini Samis-Smith, DHEd
Program Director for Health Science and Master of Health Administration
Master of Health Administration Provides Hands-On Experience
Jessica Curran describes her experience in the health administration program in College of Nursing and Health Professions. Being able to shadow an administrator in a health care setting provided Jessica invaluable insight into the inner-operations of a hospital, balancing the quality, quantity, and financial aspects of patient care.
“I think part of Valpo’s mission is to produce not only nurses who can pass the NCLEX, but who can actually provide patient care and become leaders.”