Executive MHA Track

Your Leadership Development

“Every week I would apply knowledge or skills straight out of class. I learned that every major player in healthcare speaks a different language and it’s your job to understand them all and translate between groups, constantly.”

Todd Patterson, MHA ’17
Associate Director of Operations

A portrait of Todd j. Patterson of the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.

Healthcare reform centers on improving patient access while moving from volume- to value-based reimbursement. These significant changes require specific healthcare  financial, operating, analytical, cultural, teamwork, and leadership skills. Our teaching approach is therefore team-focused, and our courses are designed to help students develop practical approaches to complex operations, and strategic issues of healthcare delivery, finance, and policy.

Every University of Iowa Executive MHA cohort is formed with experientially diverse students

Your Academic Experience

“The shift to value-based care is complex and fluid. The University of Iowa Executive MHA program provides a foundational understanding of the healthcare landscape so that the clinician can competently lead the transition.”

Linda Lee, MHA ’16
Cardiology Medical Director

A portrait of Linda Lee of the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.

The University of Iowa Executive Master of Health Administration track will uniquely prepare you to thrive in your current role and to advance in healthcare organizations through a focus on strategic healthcare leadership. Our nationally top-rated, fully-accredited program will provide a unique opportunity to learn critical cross-functional skills, connect with other future health leaders, and positively impact patient care at your organization and in your community. You’ll join our extensive Iowa MHA alumni network of over 1,000 healthcare leaders across the country.

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Your Time

Our Executive track requires 45 credit hours and is typically achieved in less than two years. Courses are taught face-to-face and one at a time by expert executives and faculty on Iowa City and Des Moines campuses. Program schedules are set far in advance, which allows planning for family and work commitments. For the convenience of the students, we handle details such as course registrations and book purchases/distribution.

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Graduates of the University of Iowa Executive MHA program earn an MHA degree, the same as hundreds of others over the past two decades

Your Investment

“I often applied what I learned in the classroom to my job the next day. I was able to use real-world work projects and receive credit at both work and school.”

Greg Lehmann, MHA ’16
Sports Medicine Clinic Administrator

A portrait of Gregory Lehmann of the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.

Total program tuition is $55,000 (billed by semester), inclusive of all books and a $1,200 professional development stipend. This is the second-lowest tuition of the top-ten MHA programs with executive tracks.

EMHA Curriculum

MHA competencies

Managing Resources (Finances, Operations, Information)

  • Healthcare Management (HMP:5200)
  • Healthcare Quality Management (HMP:5310)
  • Corporate Financial Reporting (HMP:5402)
  • Lean Six Sigma in Health Care (HMP:5342) 
  • Analytics for Healthcare Management (HMP:5320) 
  • Healthcare Financial Management (HMP:6410)
  • Health Information Systems (HMP:5315)

Setting Strategy

  • Health Policy (HMP:5610)
  • Health Economics (HMP:5410)
  • Strategic Planning and Marketing (HMP:6110)

Improving Population Health

  • Essentials of Public Health (CPH:6100)
  • Managerial Epidemiology (HMP:5230)

Leading People (Professionalism and Team Development)

  • Interprofessional Healthcare Administration I (HMP:5001)
  • Interprofessional Healthcare Administration II (HMP:5002)
  • Leadership in Healthcare Organizations (HMP:6355)
  • Legal Aspects of Healthcare (HMP:6610)
  • MHA Integrative Capstone (HMP:6150)

Faculty List

  • Connie M. Alt, JD, Senior Vice President and Litigator, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.
    • Executive MHA course: Legal Aspects of Healthcare (lead)
  • Ken Anderson, DO, MS, CPE, Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Executive MHA Programs
    • Executive MHA courses: Healthcare Quality Management and Interprofessional Healthcare Administration I & II
  • Karmen Dillon, MBA, MHA, Director, Application Services, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    • Executive MHA course: Health Information Systems (lead)
  • Chris Evans, MHA, FACHE, Vice President of Administrative Services, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
    • Executive MHA course: Strategic Planning and Marketing
  • Tom Evans, MD, President and CEO, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
    • Executive MHA courses: Healthcare Management and Strategic Planning and Marketing (lead)
  • Mary Hensley, M.Ac., Director, Clinical Neuroscience Center, University of Minnesota Medical School (retired)
    • Executive MHA courses: Corporate Financial Reporting and Healthcare Financial Management
  • Jennifer Harbison, Director, Health Policy, University of Iowa Health Care
    • Executive MHA course: Health Policy (lead)
  • Kevin Kincaid, MHA, CEO, Knoxville Hospital & Clinics
    • Executive MHA course: Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
  • Todd Linden, MA, President and CEO, Linden Consulting
    • Executive MHA course: Leadership in Healthcare Organizations (lead)
  • Clint MacKinney, MD, MS, Clinical Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis and the Rural Telehealth Research Center
    • Executive MHA course: Healthcare Management (lead)
  • Megan Maher, MPA, CSSBB, Vice President Program Management Office, Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN)
    • Executive MHA courses: Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare (lead) and Healthcare Quality Management (lead)
  • David Montgomery, MA, CPE, MPTh, Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Diocese of Davenport
    • Executive MHA course: Interprofessional Healthcare Administration II
  • Keith J. Mueller, PhD, Gerhard Hartman Professor and Head of the Department of Health Management and Policy, Director of the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis and Chair of the RUPRI Health Panel
    • Executive MHA course: Healthcare Management
  • Kirk Phillips, PhD, Senior Health Informaticist, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
    • Executive MHA courses: Managerial Epidemiology (lead) and Analytics for Healthcare Management
  • Shelly Rapp, CPA, MHA, Strategic Ambulatory Development Program Manager, OSF HealthCare System
    • Executive MHA course: Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Bonnie D. Rubin, CLA(ASCP), MBA, MHA, Associate Director, State Hygienic Laboratory (retired)
    • Executive MHA course: Essentials of Public Health
  • Dan Shane, PhD, Associate Professor
    • Executive MHA course: Analytics for Healthcare Management (lead)
  • A.J. Smith, MHA, Business Intelligence Manager, Mary Greeley Medical Center
    • Executive MHA courses: Corporate Financial Reporting and Healthcare Financial Management (lead)
  • Alissa Smith, JD, MHA, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
    • Executive MHA course: Legal Aspects of Healthcare
  • Stephen Stewart, Chief Information Officer, Iowa Health Information Network
    • Executive MHA course: Health Information Systems
  • Tanya Uden-Holman, PhD, Clinical Professor, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and Dean of University College
    • Executive MHA course: Interprofessional Healthcare Administration I
  • Tom Vaughn, PhD, Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    • Executive MHA courses: Strategic Planning and Marketing and Managerial Epidemiology
  • Jennifer Vermeer, MPA, Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Health Policy, University of Iowa Health Care
  • Executive MHA course: Health Policy
  • Laurie Walkner, MA, RN, Director of Training and Education, Iowa Institute for Public Health Practice
    • Executive MHA course: Essentials of Public Health (lead)
  • George Wehby, PhD, Professor and Doctoral Program Director
    • Executive MHA course: Health Economics (lead)

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