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Master of Healthcare Administration

Program Mission

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) aligns with the mission of Norfolk State University.  The program will prepare students for citizen leadership roles in the healthcare industry.  Graduates will have the opportunity to "turn their aspirations into reality and achieve their full potential" by improving the health outcomes of people every day and the opportunity to work in a variety of healthcare organizations as "well rounded, resourceful citizens and leaders for the 21st century." The program is dedicated to "transforming students' lives through "exemplary teaching, research and service, " preparing them to help healthcare organizations to operate at their highest efficiency.

Program Description

The Master of Healthcare Administration (HCA) seeks to prepare students to function as leaders in the delivery of health care services.  The curriculum is competency-based and grouped in five domains: communication and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the health care environment, and business skills and knowledge.  The program will be delivered fully online to provide flexibility for professionals who are balancing personal and work responsibilities with academia.  The curriculum consists of 36 credits.

Program at a Glance

The Master of Healthcare Administration is designed to educate students to plan, direct, and coordinate the delivery of medical and health services.  The program will prepare students to enter the workforce as healthcare administrators in a cadre of healthcare facilities throughout Virginia and the nation.

The program will expose students to the major forces that are transforming the healthcare industry and impacting the field of healthcare administration, for example, the aging and growing population, greater prevalance of chronic diseases, population health, and increase demand for healthcare services.  Graduates will be knowledgeable in management and business principles to manage the delivery of health services and provide leadership in healthcare facilities and organizations.

Graduates will have the competencies to work in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, group physician practices, health insurance companies, outpatient clinics, government agencies, and pharmaceutical organizations.

Program Curriculum

The curriculum for the Master of Healthcare Administration requires the successful completion of 36 credit  course work including a master's research project (3 credits).  The MHA program is designed to be completed in 2 years.  Students must complete the program within four years.  The courses are offered in sequence every fall and spring semester.  

Course Description

HCA 501  Healthcare Organizations
This course focuses on managing and leading healthcare organizations based on evidence, best practices, benchmarks, and a culture of continuous improvements.  

HCA 515  Healthcare Financial Management
This course emphasizes financial management theory and concepts that are unique to healthcare organizations and are utilized to promote the financial health of the organization.  The course explores the tools required to provide insights into financial decision-making.

HCA 532  Healthcare Marketing
Examination of the traditional and contemporary processes and strategies in which healthcare marketers based their decisions, including the market in which healthcare organizations operate, the customers in the market, and the needs, wants, motivation, and behaviors of those customers.

HCA 540  Managerial Epidemiology and Population Health Management
Apply knowledge of epidemiology and population health concepts and principles to develop community-based strategies to improve health outcomes.

HCA 560  Leadership, Ethics, and Professionalism in Healthcare
Development of leadership, professional and ethical skills that guide the performance, behavior, interaction, judgment and the decision-making of healthcare leaders.

HCA 599  Law of Healthcare Administration
Examination of legal issues that affect the healthcare industry.  Students will become familiar with regulations and principles unique to healthcare and how the knowledge gained could guide behavior and practice of leaders.

HCA 601  Research Methods in Health Services
The focus is to utilize scientific research techniques and principles to carry out a research study in healthcare services, with emphasis on problem conceptualization and formulation, research design, and interpretation. 

HCA 624 Public Policy and Administration in Healthcare                           
This course examines health policy issues from an economic perspective, including medical expenditures, legislation and regulations, and market conditions.  The course explores the politics of healthcare reform and the role of government in medical care.

HCA 640  Healthcare Economics
Exploration of economic strategies for decision-making in healthcare, with emphasis to control costs while improving patient care.  The course addresses market demand, profitability, risk, and regulations that healthcare organizations face in their daily operations.

HCA 674  Health Informatics
Examination of health informatics and how it affects the work of leaders on a daily basis in the context of the structure and behavior of healthcare systems, organizations and their members, and patients.  The course explores the transforming power of health informatics in the delivery of healthcare services, including operational issues, evidenced-based clinical decision, and systems theory.

HCA 690  Human Resources in Healthcare
Application of human resources concepts and strategies in developing a highly skilled and qualified workforce.  Emphasis is on strategic human resources management thinking and planning, including workforce diversity, job analysis and design, recruitment, selection and retention, workforce development, performance management, disaster preparedness, and competitive compensation.

HCA 699  Master's Project 
Application of research theories, concepts and strategies to solve a problem in the delivery of healthcare services.  Engage students in evidenced-based learning to improve health outcomes and make a contribution to the field of health care administration. 

Graduate Studies Policies

All graduate students are expected to read and comply with all written regulations. The policies, minimal requirements for good standing, and procedures listed below are for all graduate students at Norfolk State University. They may be supplemented by written departmental or program requirements. 

Requirements

Departmental requirements for entry into the program:
     1.  Complete an application by November 1 at www.nsu.edu
     2.  Have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited 
          College or University.
     3.  Have a GPA of 3.0 or greater
     4.  All students will be notified about admission status by November 22

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer up to 12 graduate credits from other graduate schools.