MHA Curriculum and Degree Requirements

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 (51 s.h.)

Number Credits Course Title
HMP:5000 4 Professional Development Seminar (1 credit taken each semester)
HMP:5005 3 Intro to Healthcare Org. & Policy
HMP:5200 3 Healthcare Management
HMP:5315 2 Health Information Systems
HMP:5402 3 Corporate Financial Reporting
HMP:6055 1 Topics in Health Administration: Healthcare Payment Methods
HMP:5230 2 Managerial Epidemiology
HMP:5310 2 Healthcare Quality Management
HMP:5320 3 Analytics for Healthcare Management
HMP:5410 3 Health Economics I
HMP:6310 2 Human Resources Management in Healthcare
HMP:6410 3 Healthcare Financial Management
CPH:6100 2 Essentials of Public Health
HMP:5610 3 Health Policy
HMP:6110 2 Strategic Planning & Marketing
HMP:6315 1 Healthcare Ethics
HMP:6610 3 Legal Aspects of Healthcare
HMP:5810 1 MHA Internship
HMP:5291 2 Performance Improvement in Healthcare
HMP:6150 3 MHA Integrative Capstone
HMP:6355 2 Leadership of Healthcare Organizations

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.


Number Hours Course Title
HMP:5370 3 Health Informatics I
HMP:7550 3 Cost Effectiveness and Decision Analysis
HMP:6855 2, 3 Administrative Practicum
HMP:6360 3 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I
HMP:6850 1 Independent Study and Research
HMP:5350 2,3 Hospital Organization and Management
HMP:5750 3 Medicare and Medicaid Policy (only offered in odd years)
HMP:6350 3 Medical Practice Administration
HMP:5450 3 Health Insurance and Managed Care
HMP:6855 2, 3 Administrative Practicum
HMP:6710 3 Federalism and Health Policy (only offered in even years)
HMP:5650 3 Health Policy Analysis
HMP:6365 3 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II