The master’s degree program at Iowa prepares students for a wide variety of executive positions in health organizations. The design of the curriculum reflects the program’s conviction that today’s healthcare administrator needs both a comprehensive understanding of the issues involved in patient-centered healthcare delivery organizations and strong business skills.
A total of 60 semester hours of graduate credit (generally 21 months of full-time study) are required to complete the master’s degree.
Students work carefully with advisers to create plans of study that incorporate required core courses such as management, economics, law, managerial finance, financial accounting, as well as foster career goals.
First year students are familiarized with the social, political, economic, and financial environments of healthcare organizations. The concepts, tools, and techniques of effective managerial decision making, planning and control also are introduced.
Second year students pursue in-depth applications of management concepts and develop skills in areas relating to their special interests and early career objectives.
MHA Core Courses (54 s.h.)
|Professional Development Seminar (1 credit taken each semester)
|Intro to Healthcare Org. & Policy
|Health Information Systems
|Corporate Financial Reporting
|Topics in Health Administration: Value-based care and Payment Methods
|Healthcare Quality Management and Operations Management
|Analytics for Healthcare Management
|Health Economics I
|HR and Performance Improvement
|Healthcare Financial Management
|Essentials of Public Health
|Strategic Planning & Marketing
|Legal Aspects of Healthcare
|MHA Integrative Capstone
|Healthcare Ethics and Leadership
MHA Electives (9 s.h.)
The MHA degree contains 9 elective hours, up to 6 elective hours may be taken outside HMP if they are directly related to the students’ career goals and approved by the faculty advisor in consultation with the MHA Director.
|Health Informatics I
|Cost Effectiveness and Decision Analysis
|Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I
|Independent Study and Research
|Hospital Organization and Management
|Medicare and Medicaid Policy (only offered in odd years)
|Medical Practice Administration
|Health Insurance and Managed Care
|Federalism and Health Policy (only offered in even years)
|Health Policy Analysis
|Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II