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Master of Healthcare Administration Online

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Expand your operational management, ethical decision-making and overall professional capacities to pursue top healthcare leadership roles with our Master of Healthcare Administration online program.

Overview

Gain the essential knowledge and practical expertise you need to deliver effective, ethical and innovative leadership across a wide range of healthcare organizations with the Master of Healthcare Administration online program from UNCW. This specialized degree program prepares you with the resources, best practices and theoretical insights to effect positive outcomes in the continuously evolving field of healthcare administration.

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$10,878


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Tuition & Fees

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as few as 12 months


Program Duration

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42


Program
Credit Hours

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the employment rate for healthcare managers will grow 20% from 2016 to 2026—much faster than the average for all occupations. Healthcare administration is both a meaningful and in-demand career choice for professionals with a keen interest in improving patient care delivery systems through safe and orderly administrative processes.

As an affiliate of the American College for Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network, UNCW is proud to offer the Master of Healthcare Administration online program. The MHA program provides a full understanding of efficient healthcare management techniques—everything from human capital resources, healthcare reform policies and population health management to patient experiences. Coursework topics include the changing structure of healthcare delivery systems, legal and ethical issues facing the healthcare industry, evidence-based decision-making, socioeconomic factors affecting public health and much more.

Plus, UNCW's MHA curriculum aligns with the National Center for Healthcare Leadership's Health Leadership Competency Model 3.0, ensuring that you are learning relevant, competency-based information that prepares you to be an exceptional healthcare leader for the 21st century.

Coursework in the MHA online program begins with a personalized learning approach. As a student, you will submit an initial gap analysis assessment identifying your areas of strength and improvement. As you progress through the program, you will continually track your knowledge base growth and reflect upon your learning. Students without a healthcare background can participate in faculty research, international travel, case competitions, student organizations, and practicum courses that provide applied learning experiences. No residency or full semester internships are required.

In the MHA online program, you will:

  • Analyze data that encompasses leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and health disparities among local, regional and global populations to impact population health and associated healthcare organizations
  • Create evidence-based solutions aimed at improving cost, access and quality of care
  • Evaluate the internal and external environmental factors (social, cultural, economic and political) impacting the strategic management of healthcare organizations
  • Assess the impact of legal, ethical, economic and regulatory dimensions of healthcare and public health policy
  • Apply appropriate communication strategies based on communication goals and audience characteristics
  • Design strategic planning initiatives that incorporate financial analysis, human capital management, operational improvement, marketing, and legal/regulatory compliance based upon knowledge of current literature and industry best practices

As a graduate of this online master's program, you will be prepared for advanced administrative roles in healthcare settings such as hospital and health systems, ambulatory care centers, mental health organizations, pharmaceutical companies, public health departments, medical group practices and more.

UNC Wilmington is an active affiliate of the American College for Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network, which supports the education and mentoring of the next generation of healthcare leaders.

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Tuition

Tuition for the online MHA degree program is pay-as-you-go. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

  Per Credit Hour Fees Per Credit Hour Per Course Fees Per Course Total Tuition & Fees
North Carolina Residents: $231 $28 $777 $83 $10,878
Non-North Carolina Residents: $909 $28 $2,811 $83 $39,354
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Calendar

The MHA program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring rolling admissions and six start dates each year. Choose the start date that best suits your goals.

Term Classes Begin Application Deadline Document
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Registration Deadline Payment Due Withdrawal Deadline Course End Date
Fall 2 2020 10/19/20 9/19/20 9/26/20 10/21/20 10/22/20 11/3/20 12/6/20
Spring 1 2021 1/18/21 12/12/20 12/19/20 1/20/21 1/21/21 2/2/21 3/7/21
Spring 2 2021 3/15/21 2/13/21 2/20/21 3/17/21 3/18/21 3/30/21 5/2/21
Summer 1 2021 5/10/21 4/10/21 4/17/21 5/12/21 5/13/21 5/25/21 6/27/21
Summer 2 2021 7/28/21 5/29/21 6/05/21 6/30/21 6/1/21 7/13/21 8/15/21

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Begin your application today, or call 855-306-4734 with questions.

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Admissions

To apply for the MHA online, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States—or the equivalent at a foreign institution. Applicants will be categorized into two tracks, as follows:

MHA Online Admission Requirements

  • Track 1: The ideal applicant will have:
    • Bachelor's degree in a healthcare-related discipline
    • At least one year of professional experience in a healthcare setting
  • Track 2: The preferred applicant will have:
    • Bachelor's degree (nonspecific)
    • An extended MHA curriculum by enrolling in two practicum courses. These students will have 48 credit hours total to complete.
  • All applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • No GRE/GMAT scores are required

Official transcripts from all colleges/universities are required. Electronic transcripts are preferred and can be emailed to [email protected]. Alternatively, they can be mailed directly from the institution(s) to UNCW at this address:

UNCW Graduate School
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5955

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Courses

Track 1 of the MHA online curriculum is comprised of 14 courses for a total of 42 credit hours. Track 2 of the MHA online curriculum is comprised of 16 courses, including two practicum courses, for a total of 48 credit hours.

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Students in the MHA online program must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This foundational course explores the principles of management in the context of contemporary healthcare, exploring the dynamic healthcare environment and challenges of change. Focusing on leadership and management principles, this course will explore topics that include organizational behavior, corporate compliance, cultural competency and diversity, revenue cycle considerations, healthcare reform legislation, and critical management processes. This course serves as a pre- and/or co-requisite to all other courses in the MHA program.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Healthcare in the 21st century is experiencing historic evolution impacted by local, national and global factors. This course will provide an introduction to the foundations of healthcare administration and related systems. Topics explored include (but are not limited to): a historical overview, theoretical foundations, major developments and characteristics of global healthcare systems, types of healthcare providers, issues related to the cost, access and quality of care; and the future of health services delivery.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Strategically leveraging human capital resources in an effort to provide efficient and effective value-based services to patients and stakeholders (centered on cost, access and quality of care) is at the core of effective human resource management. Students in this course will explore human resource management theory and practice in the context of the healthcare organization through an in-depth analysis of modern human resource management issues (e.g., recruitment, compensation, motivation, performance, and talent management).

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Productivity, performance, quality of service, and external and internal environmental changes have placed a renewed emphasis on efficiency and effectiveness in operational decisions within the healthcare environment. This course will address operational challenges and opportunities facing medical and health services managers. The exploration of operations management for health organizations will involve critical thinking, problem-solving skills and the application of various operations management tools.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Productivity, performance, quality of service, and external and internal environmental changes have placed a renewed emphasis on efficiency and effectiveness in operational decisions within the healthcare environment. This course will address operational challenges and opportunities facing medical and health service managers. The exploration of operations management for health organizations will involve critical thinking, problem solving skills, and the application of various operations management tools.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

For success in the modern healthcare environment, organizations must focus on strategic planning and explore models for achieving a competitive edge. Students will explore the importance of strategic planning in healthcare, internal and external environmental assessment, marketing healthcare services, strategy formulation, implementation, evaluation and long-term control.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of contemporary legal and ethical issues encountered by health professionals in the provision and delivery of healthcare products and services. Topics explored include patient-caregiver relationships, high-tech medicine, regulatory compliance, healthcare ethics, criminal aspects of healthcare, corporate structure, patient rights, medical records, and disclosure of patient information in healthcare.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Healthcare managers are tasked daily with confronting and solving complex problems within the modern healthcare organization. Evidence-based decision-making in healthcare means making decisions based on best available evidence with special emphasis on relevant scientific findings and unbiased clinical and organizational data. It involves active use of decision practices that reduce bias and judgment errors and provide due consideration to ethical concerns. This course will guide the student in developing the skills and knowledge needed to identify, access, assess and utilize quality evidence from science and to make better healthcare decisions. Quantitative analysis provides a proven method for healthcare managers to identify, analyze, interpret and strategically plan using both internal and external data. This course also explores the need for and practice use of quantitative methods in the healthcare environment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Managing the health of a population requires an understanding of the behavioral and socioeconomic factors impacting population health. Such factors directly impact the provision of services and organizational performance of local and national healthcare systems. As changes in healthcare policy and systems lead to a shift from individualized healthcare to population health, a strategic focus toward managerial epidemiology has never been more important. Emphasis is placed on familiarizing students with the concepts, methods and techniques of managerial epidemiology, highlighting tools critical in planning, monitoring and evaluating population health (environmental factors that impact population health status). Knowledge attained in this course is critical to organizational evaluation, clinical practice improvement, economic analysis, and strategic decision-making.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an exploration of the changing industry of long-term care, introducing students to the opportunities and challenges of organization and management in this area of healthcare. Students will explore providers within the continuum of care and examine the health services needed for current and future populations requiring long-term care in their lifetime.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focused on exploring economics of the healthcare industry, this course will expose students to the uniqueness and intricacies of both healthcare economics and related policy. Students will examine techniques and tools used in economic assessment and evaluation while exploring economic evaluation studies and related publications. Healthcare reform, financing of healthcare, healthcare markets, healthcare policy and regulation will be explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Strategic healthcare decision-making is heavily reliant on financial data, related analyses, and communication skills. This course provides a broad introduction to key financial analysis concepts, issues, tools and vocabulary useful for both policymakers and administrators. Topics include healthcare financial statements, financial statement analysis, budgeting, organization and presentation of financial data.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed to aid students in understanding the basic concepts of strategic financial management, students will come to recognize finance as a core function of the successful healthcare organization operating in an environment heavily focused on reform and quality of care. The core focus of this course is for students to become knowledgeable of how organizations organize and report financial data and use that data to make evidence-based decisions. Students will appreciate the art of managing and controlling costs while simultaneously investing in strategic opportunities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This capstone course, for all healthcare administration majors, integrates all healthcare administration concepts, techniques and knowledge applied throughout the program. This course is designed as a cumulative final course.

Students in Track 2 must complete the following practicum courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A real-world field experience that will enable the student to demonstrate selected healthcare competencies through practice. This cumulative experience will provide an opportunity to both demonstrate and sharpen skills necessary for the student’s role as a future healthcare professional. This experience is conducted over two terms (i.e., HCA 593 and HCA 594), providing adequate time for the student to fully complete a healthcare project or to complete meaningful healthcare research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A real-world field experience that will enable the student to demonstrate selected healthcare competencies through practice. This cumulative experience will provide an opportunity to both demonstrate and sharpen skills necessary for the student’s role as a future healthcare professional. This experience is conducted over two terms (i.e., HCA 593 and HCA 594), providing adequate time for the student to fully complete a healthcare project or to complete meaningful healthcare research.

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