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Master of Health Administration (MHA) program

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at the University of Maryland, College Park offers students a rigorous, multi-disciplinary program with courses in public health services administration, epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, health behaviors and determinants, health policy, 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 51-credit professional degree will prepare graduates to manage the many complex health-related organizations including hospitals, long term care facilities, managed care organizations, rehabilitation agencies, public health clinics, state agencies, among others. With the impending retirement of the first wave of baby boomers, public health and health care organizations face large scale losses of middle and executive level administrators.

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 the World Health Report 2000, the health care system should be conceptualized as including not only health services, but also public health and social welfare activities. The Department of Health Services Administration adopts this 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.

The MHA program is considered to be equivalent to the MPH and is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

MHA Program in Health Services Administration

  Course Title Credits
Public Health Core
(required Master's coursework)
EPIB  650 Biostatistics I
EPIB  610 Foundations of Epidemiology

HLSA 601 Introduction to Health Systems

HLTH 665 Health Behavior I

MIEH 600 Foundations of Environmental Health

MHA Core Courses
(30 credits)
HLSA 702 Politics and Policy of Health

HLSA 710 Foundations of Healthcare Management


HLSA 711 Health Care Economics and Analysis

HLSA 720 Health Law and Ethics

HLSA 730 Human Resources and Supervision


HLSA 740 Strategic Planning and Marketing


HLSA 750 Healthcare Management Information Systems


HLSA 775 Public Health Research Methods


HLSA 770 Continuous Quality Improvement


HLSA 772 Health Care Leadership and Communications


HLSA 709 Current Topics in Health Services

Capstone (6 credits) HLSA 785 Internship 

HLSA 786 Project (or HLSA 799 for Thesis)

  Total Proposed Health Services Administration MHA Program

How to Apply:

Applications to the MHA program in the University of Maryland School of Public Health are processed through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).Completed applications for admissions to the MHA program in the Department of Health Services Administration must by received by January 15 for Fall admission.

To meet the deadline, applicants must submit the completed SOPHAS application and the University of Maryland, College Park supplemental application, have all supporting documents received by SOPHAS, and pay the required application fees no later than 11:59pm Eastern Time on January 15.

All applicants must submit the following supporting documentation to SOPHAS:

  1. The SOPHAS application form
  2. Official transcripts from all academic institutions from which you earned credit
  3. Official GRE test scores, taken within the last 5 years (Institution Code: 0485). Applicants to MPH Programs offered at the University of Maryland Baltimore may also submit any of the following official test scores: GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, PCAT.
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Statement of Purpose and Objectives
  6. CV/Resume

For more information, please contact Dr. Lori Simon-Rusinowitz, Director of Graduate Studies at or 301-405-2469

Admission Criteria:

MHA applications are reviewed with consideration to the following criteria:

  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Undergraduate and any graduate transcripts
  • GRE scores taken within the past 5 years (Submit electronically to the University of Maryland, code 5814)
  • 3 letters of recommendation that address your academic capabilities
  • Statement of goals and interests
  • Relevant academic/work experience
  • Completion of prerequisites of introduction to micro-economics and financial accounting (transfers from undergraduate or post-baccalaureate work is acceptable)
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